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Treat Waste and Sewage as a Resource!

The audience of the Closing Plenary voted on the most promising solution proposals discussed at the GES 2011. These are the Top 10 solution proposals.

"Waste and sewage as resources" received the largest share. Treat waste and sewage as a resource - increase recycling and reuse. Take engineering, economic, and social viewpoints into account to implement a range of potential options to make better use of water and solid waste.

The second largest share of the audience voted for "Fiscal rule and debt commission." Countries who need to restructure their debt have to agree on a fiscal rule and establish an independent debt commission to oversee implementation.

"Publicize positive value of immigrants" is the third very promising solution proposals according to the participants. Publicize the positive economic impact of migration for the destination country and more generally, about the benefits of cultural diversity and "migrant transnationalism."

 

 

 

The popular solutions for the single sessions are based on the feedback participants of the GES 2011 have provided in each session from their personal perspective. These are the results from these session votings:

The Global Economy

The Global Society

Redesigning Fiscal Consolidation and Debt ManagementSession

Ethics and Trust in Society and BusinessSession
Strengthen political institutions and cohesiveness within the EU. A restructuring of the public debt in Greece should be undertaken directly by official institutions (ECB and the EFSF) with limited private sector involvement. Good ethics are a process not a state: Developing a new morale for society requires intensified global communication, via real and virtual fora.

The Economics and Psychology of Building Sustainable SessionFinance

Migration, Integration and IdentitySession
Change the tax-induced asymmetry between debt financing and equity financing, taking into consideration the social and economic externalities of over-leveraging.

Create transparency about the positive economic impact of migration for the destination country and more generally, about the benefits of cultural diversity and "migrant transnationalism".

Coping with Systemic RiskSession Insuring the PoorSession
Regulate shadow banks as if they were usual banks to avoid regulatory arbitrage.

Generating data to evaluate the impact of microinsurances and identifying promising steps to take in the scaling up of microinsurance.

Reinventing Education Session Funding Social EnterprisesSession
E-learning is complementary to traditional learning and should be promoted and guided by real pedagogues.

Support social business in finding and  communicating appropriate financing strategies.

Open Innovation and Access to KnowledgeSession Improving Retirement and Health ChoicesSession

An innovation-friendly corporate culture needs to be developed which is open for sharing knowledge and ideas beyond internal and external boundaries.

Simplify decision frameworks. Individuals cannot be expected to understand technical details about investment or health options. At the same time they do have a strong preference for control over options. But individuals cannot realistically exercise control in the absence of understanding. One way to resolve this problem is to simplify the decisions that individuals face by abstracting away technical details.

Projects: Using Evidence to Fight PovertySession

Board Diversity and Corporate GovernanceSession

For RCTs to help policymakers, they need to be replicated in different contexts and accompanied with qualitative research.

 

Create a leadership group of influential male CEOs and Chairpersons from a diverse range of leading businesses to place the issue of women's under-representation at decision-making level on the country's business agenda.

The Global Polity

The Global Environment

Avoiding Currency Wars and Ensuring Balanced Global SessionRecovery Managing Adaptation to Climate Change in the Developing SessionWorld
Make the IMF an impartial and credible body by reforming its governance structure to better represent emerging economies-especially the BRICS-countries

Strengthen the protection of key ecosystems to reinforce their adaptive capacity to climatic changes.

Internet Governance StructuresSession Dealing with the Race for Agricultural LandSession
A system of Internet governance cannot be imposed by hastily international agreements but it has to gradually evolve from the existing institutions

Strong global governance architecture is needed to oversee large-scale agricultural land deals which could build on the principles for responsible agricultural investments (RAI). In global fora such as the G8, G-20, and United Nations development summits, agricultural land acquisitions should be made top priority.

Identifying and Preventing Future Security ThreatsSession Water Scarcity and Virtual Water TradeSession
Cyber threat - Enhance exchange of information and technical assistance on information security, tighten international legal cooperation up to issueing of international arrest warrants and make it a security priority. Create an International Water Commissions to develop and manage water usage agreements in order to prevent cross-country conflicts in water scarce regions.

Norms for Global GovernanceSession Reducing the Water and Waste Footprints of MegacitiesSession
Commission an independent research and seminar series employing interdisciplinary teams from clusters of leading European, U.S., Asian, Latin American, Middle Eastern and African think tanks to address the global agenda.

Treat waste and sewage as a resource - increase recycling and reuse. Take engineering, economic, and social viewpoints into account to implement a range of potential options to make better use of water and solid waste.

Mobilizing Global Capital for Emerging Infrastructure NeedsSession Strategies for Climate Engineering Session
Build frameworks that encourage local SMEs to participate in international consortia bidding for large infrastructure projects.

The research program should also consider combinations of various technologies with their interrelations and synergy effects.

Pioneering Smart Electricity SystemsSession
Introduce monthly billing to increase consumers' awareness of their consumption and energy-saving opportunities.
Shaping a Global Resource StrategySession
We need more focused research on new technologies that allow for efficient resource use, increased recycling and lower resource consumption.

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