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Ecological crisis

The world is now facing a stark ecological crisis due to unsustainable patterns of production and consumption that are extractive and linear. Underlying this are trends such as the massive…

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Automation

As computational power, memory and battery technology progress, and human prowess at harnessing these technologies improves, more human activities are being carried out by machines. Artificial intelligence (AI) is designed…

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Emerging Regenerative Paradigm

Decades of work on the sustainability and development agendas have struggled to turn the tide on issues from rising inequality to the climate emergency and the biodiversity crisis. In response,…

Circular Economy

Resource scarcity, the climate and biodiversity crises, changing consumer attitudes, and cost are driving a change away from traditional business models. This has led to increasing industry commitment, investment, and…

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Governance and Power

Governance is a critical challenge for the decade ahead if we are to manage the transition to a world capable of staying within planetary boundaries in an equitable way. Poor…

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Inequality

Eighty-two percent of the wealth generated globally in 2017 went to the richest 1%, while half the world’s population still live on less than US$5.50 per day.

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Resource Overshoot

Global resources are generally being used at unsustainable rates as consumption continues to increase and extractive linear models of resource use remain in place.

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Global Economy

The global financial system currently misallocates resources at extraordinary scale due to an economic model which is focused on short-term profits and growth, and which ignores much social and environmental…

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The Energy Transition

At the beginning of the “decade of action”, the shift to low-carbon and climate-resilient economies needs to accelerate. This includes the rapid and just transition to clean energy generation, zero-carbon…

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