The Local Democratic Governance Dimension in Resilience

Since the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment in 1972, efforts to both curb the accelerating rate of environmental change and to promote sustainable development have led to the gradual proliferation of global, regional and local institutions. In 1992, when the first Earth Summit was held to discuss the global environment, there were more than 900 international legal instruments directly or indirectly addressing the issue of environmental protection. The 1996 Summit of the Americas in Santa Cruz Bolivia and its respective Declaration was also about sustainable development. The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development – or Rio+20 – took place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on 20-22 June 2012, which among others produced the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the outcome document called to integrating social, environmental and economic resilience strategies into policies.   Resilience became a buzz word associated with vulnerability and risks.  Forty-six (46), 26, 22 and 6 years later respectively after these major events, how are sustainable development policies addressing resilience challenges and opportunities, and where does democratic governance fit in the equation?

La Dimensión de la Gobernabilidad Democrática Local en la Resiliencia

Desde la Conferencia de Naciones Unidas sobre Medio Ambiente Humano en 1972, los esfuerzos tanto para reducir el cambio acelerado ambienta y promover desarrollo sostenible han logrado la proliferación gradual de instituciones globales, regionales y locales. En 1992, cuando se celebró la primera Cumbre de la Tierra para discutir el miedo ambiente global, habían más de 900 instrumentos legales directamente o indirectamente relacionados con la protección del medio ambiente. La Cumbre de las Américas de 1996 en Santa Cruz-Bolivia y su respectiva declaración también abordó el tema de desarrollo sostenible. La Cumbre de Naciones Unidas sobre Desarrollo Sostenible – o Rio+20 – se llevó a cabo en Rio de Janeiro, Brasil, del 20-22 de junio del 2012, que entre otros produjo los Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible  (ODSs), y el documento final llamo a integrar estrategias de resiliencia en las política sociales, ambientales y económicas.   La resiliencia se convirtió en una clave asociada con vulnerabilidad y riesgo.  Cuarenta y seis (46), 26, 22 and 6 años después de estos importantes eventos, ¿cómo están enfrentando las políticas de desarrollo sostenible los desafíos y oportunidades en resiliencia, y donde en la ecuación esta la gobernabilidad democrática?

A Conversation with Fernando Calderon about Governance, Globalization, and the New Challenges for Societies

Fernando Calderon Gutierrez is a Bolivian sociologist with a distinguished and extensive career in various international organizations such as the Latin American Social Science Council (CLACSO), the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). He has been a professor in a number of universities in Latin America, Europe and the United States.  He is now a visiting professor under the prestigious Simon Bolivar Visiting Chair for 2017-18 at the Center for Latin American Studies of the University of Cambridge in England. Fernando was my professor at the University of Chicago, we worked together at the UNDP, we taught together, and is a great mentor and friend.  I conducted this interview on November 2, 2017.    

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Fernando Calderon