Areas of Work

Reframing economic models and paradigms

In the COVID-19 world, fresh thinking is needed on economic models and paradigms if we want to address the root causes of inequity and environmental destruction in the longer term.

The way that policies around economic stimulus and relief packages, monetary policy, social security, health care systems, and support to developing countries are designed will have an impact on equity and sustainability in economic systems for years and probably decades to come. New economic models such as Circular Economy, Green Deals, and Inclusive Green Economy that we have been considering for a while will be more relevant than ever.

The way in which economic systems and paradigms are re-designed, or evolve also affects other QUNO programmes. For example, policies such as relief and stimulus packages in response to COVID-19 can have a large impact on climate change, on peace, and on human rights.

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November 2019

Paris Peace Forum

In November 2019, Joachim Monkelbaan participated for the second time in the Paris Peace Forum. The Paris Peace Forum is an international event on issues of global governance and multilateralism that is held annually in Paris. Joachim liaised with heads of international organisations, representatives of civil society (such as non-governmental organizations, private corporations, trade unions, think tanks, experts, journalists, media) for detailed discussions of major global challenges to sustainable development and finding practical solutions.

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October 2019

Eliminating harmful fisheries subsidies in the WTO

QUNO hosted several meetings in 2019 on the negotiations at the WTO on the elimination of harmful fisheries subsidies, and specifically on reflecting in those negotiations the interests of the approximately 90 million people whose livelihoods depend on small-scale fisheries. Apparently, 1 billion people depend on fish as their main source of protein (largely in developing countries). 

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October 2019

QUNO's Joachim Monkelbaan presents at the 2019 ESDN annual conference

In October 2019, Sustainable & Just Economic Systems programme Representative Joachim Monkelbaan gave a presentation at the annual conference of the European Sustainable Development Network (ESDN). The title of this presentation was “Transformative changes for sustainable development: economic, social, ecological, and governance dimensions.” He started by stating that capitalism is increasingly being questioned. Corporate concentration is on the rise, especially in the digital economy.

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