Implications of the sustainable development paradigm for Switzerland

Hurni, Hans (2001). Implications of the sustainable development paradigm for Switzerland. In: Sitter-Liver, Beat; Baechler, Günther; Berlinger-Staub, Annemarie (eds.) Supporting life on earth (pp. 41-47). Bern, Switzerland: CASS

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The sustainable development paradigm raises issues of global, intra- and intergenerational social equity as well as respect for nature, and economic welfare. Switzerland is confronted by these issues within its own country, and has a moral responsibility vis-a-vis the rest of the world. Syndromes of global change are affecting many eco-regions, not only in developing and transition countries, but to a lesser extent also the affluent countries. Switzerland as a nation has an impact on syndromes through its far-reaching economic activities, which are non-sustainable. At the global level, more modest consumption patterns, a considerably slowed demographic change, a nonconsumptive but sustainable use of natural resources, and conflict transformation are the main prerequisites for improving sustainability. Switzerland's current contribution to sustainability is much less than what it could be, hence the need for additional action along general principles in,accordance with Swiss traditions and innovative potentials. A number of concrete actions could be taken immediately. These are: labelling the socially and ecologically sustainable production of goods and services, and their negotiation at WTO level; enhancing international cooperation and research; strengthening education and research for sustainability, and emphasizing energy and material flux efficiency at home and abroad.

Item Type:

Book Section (Book Chapter)

Division/Institute:

10 Strategic Research Centers > Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)

UniBE Contributor:

Hurni, Hans

Publisher:

CASS

Language:

English

Submitter:

Stephan Schmidt

Date Deposited:

01 Mar 2016 09:31

Last Modified:

01 Mar 2016 09:31

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.77592

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/77592

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