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Topic: Desirable News

After the 2001 World Citizens’ Assembly, Nova, Centre per a la Innovació Social published a series of future "desirable news" articles based on the Alliance Proposal Papers, and gave them dates ranging from November 22, 2003... to August 31, 2010. Although this projected news may not (all?) have become reality, we are publishing them in our What’s New? section on the projected dates, so we can keep our eyes on the horizon and measure how far we have come.


Go ! Solemn Oath to Bind Scientists to Society - 6 August 2009 - by Nova, Centre per a la Innovació Social (NOVACIS)
An appeal to social responsibility relieves scientific research from pressure from governments and commercial interests. (News item 18 inspired by the Proposal Paper "Social Control over Science," coordinated by Frédéric Piguet.) Like the Hippocratic oath sworn to by doctors, scientists of the future will also swear upon graduation to a solemn oath confirming their commitment to humankind and to future generations. Documents ENFRPTES172 ko, 2 pages200 ko, 2 pages148 ko, 2 pages139 ko, 2 (...)


Go ! The International Water Court: Towards Universal Access to a Limited Resource - 22 March 2009 - by Nova, Centre per a la Innovació Social (NOVACIS)
Water, an irreplaceable vital resource, and therefore a powerful economic and geopolitical instrument, has been clouded in the past by pollution and ecological imbalance, a growing demand and scarcity in an increasing number of places in the world, and it has been concentrated in major industrial and financial groups with a view to short-term profits.


Go ! International Court of Arbitration to Decide on Legitimacy of the South’s Foreign Debt - 12 March 2009 - by Nova, Centre per a la Innovació Social (NOVACIS)
Yesterday, five years after the Southern countries bloc demanded time for countries to handle their foreign debt, with the ability to cease payments before crisis situations break out, the International Court of Arbitration was created, to assess each country’s debt and consider whether repayment is timely.


Go ! Citizens retrieve their cities - 23 July 2008 - by Nova, Centre per a la Innovació Social (NOVACIS)
Twenty years after the first participative proposals of Porto Alegre (Brazil), today more than 1000 cities throughout the five continents, (cities as different as Xalapa (Mexico), Cuenca (Ecuador), Windhoek (Namibia), Dakar (Senegal), Quebec (Canada) or Rubí (Catalonia), are developing more human city models, created by their own inhabitants.


Go ! Opening session of an innovative World Parliament - 22 July 2008 - by Nova, Centre per a la Innovació Social (NOVACIS)
Representatives from regional communities and social and professional groups from all over the world become spokespeople for a new style of governance, one more suited to meeting the challenges of the 21st century.


Go ! Argentina Approves a New Education Project to Transform Society - 23 February 2008 - by Nova, Centre per a la Innovació Social (NOVACIS)
With this reform, the Argentinean society sends a message all over the world: education is a crucial factor for establishing the bases of another globalization which is more democratic and shows greater solidarity.


Go ! Ethical consumption is putting the capitalist production model and way of life in crisis - 8 September 2007 - by Nova, Centre per a la Innovació Social (NOVACIS)
Consumers are starting to become aware of their power. Every day, more and more people actively opt for an ecologically prudent and socially just lifestyle, consequently exposing a model in which economy is focused on accumulation and unlimited consumption in the regulation-free market.


Go ! The Caravan of Art ends its world tour in Brazil - 21 June 2007 - by Nova, Centre per a la Innovació Social (NOVACIS)
“LIKE myths, art helps us to understand the mystery of the world, but it also gives us intelligence, pleasure and joy”. Yesterday in Sao Paulo, these were the words that summarised the spirit with which the Caravan of Art has toured the continents for five years.


Go ! The Rio+15 Summit poses challenge of integral sustainable development in the next 30 years - 22 April 2007 - by Nova, Centre per a la Innovació Social (NOVACIS)
For socially just, economically efficient, politically plural and ecologically sustainable globalisation by the year 2040.


Go ! More than 300 million people are benefiting from moneyless markets - 29 January 2007 - by Nova, Centre per a la Innovació Social (NOVACIS)
Social currency, together with other economy of solidarity forms, is creating an economic system that exists along side the hegemonic one


Go ! The majority of countries are developing public nutrition programmes - 26 September 2006 - by Nova, Centre per a la Innovació Social (NOVACIS)
It is no longer a matter of eradicating world famine, but guaranteeing access to a nutritive and balanced diet for the health, well-being and development of men and women. The ratification of the fundamental right to food and nutrition by member countries of the UN in 2003 is starting to bear fruit: more than 100 countries are implementing public policies to ensure adequate nutrition for the population.


Go ! Denmark to implement a sustainable industrial system - 5 June 2006 - by Nova, Centre per a la Innovació Social (NOVACIS)
A new interministerial body will be in charge of the future industrial ecosystem and will have integrated control of water, air, soil or waste problems


Go ! International moratorium on transgenic agriculture - 17 April 2006 - by Nova, Centre per a la Innovació Social (NOVACIS)
Only controlled investigations will be allowed and new forms of sustainable production will be explored


Go ! A social pact recovers the soil in Azerbaijan - 20 March 2006 - by Nova, Centre per a la Innovació Social (NOVACIS)
process that has involved all the layers of society (national and regional authorities, producers and soil users, but also the scientific community and civil society), the Republic of Azerbaijan, on the banks of the Caspian Sea, is recovering large areas of soil polluted by the extensive use of pesticides on cotton crops. But the idea is not only to recover this land, but to develop a new sustainable soil management system. A series of policies are being deployed to ensure that all activities related with land use respect the criterion of (...)


Go ! The Technology Consultancy Group will make sure that technological advances make a real contribution to development - 29 October 2005 - by Nova, Centre per a la Innovació Social (NOVACIS)
Technology, of increasing importance in the economic sphere, has not only brought progress, but it has also created risks for traditional economic models and for society in general. It represents great advances, but it also increases inequality, particularly in so-called poor countries (“digital divide”), and also between the North and the South (dependence linked to intellectual property, cultural homogenisation, the brain drain), and it represents a dramatic destructuring of family (...)


Go ! Private enterprise becomes a true asset to society - 1 May 2005 - by Nova, Centre per a la Innovació Social (NOVACIS)
Company regulation no longer depends on the traditional struggle between unions and owners, but on a much broader social dialogue. In addition to salaried staff and executives, new agents (shareholders, consumers, public authorities, NGOs) now actively help private enterprise to become a true asset for society, accepting its social and environmental responsibilities.


Go ! Beijing+10 celebrates women’s power to transform the predominant economy - 8 March 2005 - by Nova, Centre per a la Innovació Social (NOVACIS)
From their inequality, a large number of women are taking part in the construction of a more socially aware world


Go ! The Universal Forum of Cultures considers immigration as a source of social enrichment - 9 August 2004 - by Nova, Centre per a la Innovació Social (NOVACIS)
A permanent intercultural dialogue area will be created in Barcelona


Go ! Living Material Is Declared World Heritage - 2 June 2004 - by Nova, Centre per a la Innovació Social (NOVACIS)
In response to the proliferation of patents on plants, animals, and even human embryos throughout the course of the 20th century, the international community is putting a halt to the privatization of both living organisms and biological processes.


Go ! A Committee of Experts, together with civil society, will carry out an audit on the impact of the WTO - 12 January 2004 - by Nova, Centre per a la Innovació Social (NOVACIS)
A moratorium on new trade decisions is established and reforms within the organisation are announced


 

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