Tag: public governance

Risk Response Network

Source: World Economic Forum

“The World Economic Forum launches the Risk Response Network on the opening day of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos. The world has fundamentally changed and this new reality calls for more foresight and collective action to address a broad range of global risks.

The network will address concerns about widening economic inequalities and failed global governance systems underpinning a raft of other interrelated risks ranging from financial governance to cybersecurity and resource scarcity. Uniquely placed to catalyse a collective response to this new landscape, the World Economic Forum is launching the platform to better understand, manage and respond to these complex and intertwined risks.”

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Political Risk Map 2010

Source: Aon

“The map provides an indication of overall levels and types of Political Risk in more than 200 territories worldwide and is an invaluable tool for anybody with responsibility for political risk assessement and management. The 2010 edition includes Agricultural Supply Risk Ranking, a Food and Water Insecurity Index and new Food and Water insecurity icons for 30 countries.”

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Source: GEO Informatics

“Political and financial instability remain a feature of the business landscape as a result of the recession, according to Aon Risk Services, the global risk management and insurance brokerage business of Aon Corporation. The company launched its 17th annual Political Risk Map in a global webcast January 27th 2010.

Aon ranked the political risk of 209 countries and territories, measuring risk of currency inconvertibility and transfer; strikes, riots and civil commotion; war; terrorism; sovereign non-payment; political interference; supply chain interruption; legal and regulatory risk.” Read more >

Credibility in Politics

The Quest for Credibility in Politics and Public Administration

Manifestations, Drivers and Implications

Source: Tilburg School of Politics and Public Administration

In politics and public administration, ‘credibility’ seems to have become an increasingly wanted, scarce and thus highly valued, commodity. An elected politician like president Obama is admired by many because of his credible appearance. Some communication formats used by governments are criticized for lacking in credibility. Participation policies are appreciated to the extent in which they appear to be credible in the eyes of those who should participate.

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Cohesion Policy

The main goal of PRIMO is to develop an holistic approach of city governance, i.e. an integrated approach where the city is considered as an entity and in which all institutions and stakeholders cooperate to realize political targets. In this approach the common adressing of risks and benefits, of chances and threatenings is crucial for success. Moreover the ‘tuning’ with higher governmental institutions is crucial. This approach is anchored within our statutes and businessplan, our networks, products and services. Multi-level governance is a crucial factor of urban development and as approach and as attitude risk management of the first degree. It is the core business of our members.

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#1 State of the Union EU

“You can trust the European Union to do what it takes to secure your future”

Source: European Commission
Speech: President José Manuel Barroso

Commission President José Manuel Barroso set out his strategic plans for the EU over the next year in his State of the Union speech to the European Parliament.
“My message to each and every European is that you can trust the European Union to do what it takes to secure your future,” he said. The EU’s economic outlook is better than one year ago and is improving, President Barroso told Parliament. Growth will be higher than forecast. Unemployment was no longer increasing. “But our work is not finished,” he added. “We must accelerate our reform agenda.”

Over the next 12 months the Commission plans to bring forward new legislation on improved economic governance in the EU, job skills, tackling poverty and exclusion, cutting red tape for small businesses and removing obstacles to trading on the EU’s single market.

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Read the comment in the Economist: Charlemagne’s notebook: How many presidents does it take to run Europe?

Statement on the prevention of oil spills in the North Sea Region

“The General Assembly of the North Sea Commission, held in Stavanger (Norway) on 18 June 2010, expressed their real concerns in respect of the oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. The General Assembly urges all governments to urgently investigate the risks which exist in the North Sea… The North Sea is of fundamental importance to the lives of its inhabitants and the economies of all the countries around the North Sea.” Source: North Sea Commission

Lomborg: Europe’s determination to decline

Looking closely into the exact correlation of factors is half the work of good public risk management. Bjørn Lomborg lines out how economic crisis and managing climate related targets are interrelated. So called advantages are not always how appear to be, more than that they slow down a development.

Source: Politiken.dk
By Bjørn Lomborg, head of the Copenhagen Consensus Center, and adjunct professor at Copenhagen Business School

“In a heroic case of finding a silver lining in the bleakest of all situations, the European Union climate commissioner has concluded that the global economic crisis and recession actually provided a lucky break for everyone.

Commissioner Connie Hedegaard says that the slowdown in economic activity will make it easier for the EU to achieve its 2020 goal of ensuring that greenhouse-gas emissions are 20% below their 1990 level. In fact, Hedegaard believes that cutting emissions has become so easy that European leaders should be more ambitious and unilaterally aim for a 30% reduction below the 1990 level – an idea that has won support from David Cameron’s new British government.” Read more >

EU policy guru: ‘Austerity plans risk stifling growth’

What risks are actual embedded in the approach of our public debt. It is clear that we should listen to one another, because one strategy seems not to fit all. Our public leaders Sarkozy, Obama and Merkel circle around the facts and the different strategies. This article shares a light on the different angles and aspects of the different approaches.

Source: EurActiv

“Austerity measures to cut public debt and rein in speculation on the euro are threatening to kill the fragile economic recovery, warned policymakers ahead of a summit aimed at strengthening budget discipline in the European Union. Maria João Rodrigues, former special advisor at the European Commission and an economics professor, spoke to EurActiv in an interview. Maria João Rodrigues was a special advisor to the European Commission on the Lisbon Strategy for growth and jobs.

EU leaders are meeting on Thursday to agree on the Europe 2020 agenda for growth and jobs. What do you see as the main advances of the new strategy compared to its predecessor, the Lisbon Agenda?
There was an effort to update the strategic priorities taking into account the extent of the challenge. The group of challenges is wider today than in 2000 because we are confronted with competitors from all around the world. There are lots of emerging economies, not just the United States and Japan. On the environment, the central challenge now is climate change and regarding demographic trends, the ageing problem is now deeper. ‘Europe 2020’ made an effort in coping with these challenges.” Read more >

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