Environmental sustainability, climate change and the green economy
The link between climate change, economical scarcity and poverty is straightforward. The world’s poor are especially prone to natural disasters given the fact that in many cases their livelihoods are directly dependent on natural resources. Moving towards a green economy is expected to improve the living conditions of the poor in the long run. By securing livelihoods and promoting sustainable jobs, the green economy can eradicate poverty and reduce vulnerability across a range of sectors (eg. fishery, agriculture, forestry).
Social protection can enhance resilience of people and protect them from the negative impacts of climate change and can facilitate transitions to more sustainable economies.
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No Accident: resilience and the inequality of risk
A new international emphasis on building resilience offers real promise to allow the poorest women and men to cope with, and ultimately thrive, in the face of shocks, stresses, and uncertainty. But only if risk is more equally shared globally and across societies – this will require a major shift in our approach to poverty […]
Thirsting for a Future: Water and children in a changing climate
Climate change is one of many forces contributing to an unfolding water crisis. In the coming years, the demand for water will increase as food production grows, populations grow and move, industries develop and consumption increases. This can lead to water stress, as increasing demand and use of water strain available supplies. One of the […]
Can Emergency Cash Transfers ‘Piggyback’ on Existing Social Protection Programmes?
This background note focuses on the current discussion among actors in the humanitarian and social protection sectors regarding the use of existing social protection programmes to provide an emergency response. It outlines the overlaps between social protection and humanitarian responses, considers a range of recent examples from low- and middle-income countries and sets out a […]
Megatrends and social security: Climate change and natural resource scarcity
This report consists of two parts. The first part was prepared under the authorship of the Global Sustainability Institute (GSI) and reflects the latest research and views of the Institute. It considers the issues of climate change and natural resources scarcity as well as their potential impacts on society and social security systems. The second […]