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we are told, “Certainly, Getting rich is making us poorer.The Inclusive Wealth Report (IWR) which was first introduced at the Rio+20 conference expanded to 140 countries for its 2014 edition It studied the trajectories of these countries from 1992 to 2010 on both GDP and inclusive wealth (GDP + natural and human capital including forest and subsoil resources ecosystems education skills and abilities) The gap is much larger than we imagined In that 19-year period global GDP grew by 50 per cent and inclusive wealth by only 6 per cent Incidentally significant progress was also made by these countries on the Human Development Index (135 of 140 countries made improvements in human development) The seismic shift set to occur in 2015 has been in the making for a few years now: the shift of the UN’s agenda from the Millennium Development Goals to the Sustainable Development Goals possibly indicating that sustainability will be the buzzword to watch out for in future Sustainable development put very simply introduces another dimension to the discourse on growth and development — time If a certain form of development can be pursued in the future it is sustainable Unlike ethical interventions such as human development and national happiness indices sustainability focuses on the durability of development rather than distribution and satisfaction In this sense it falls well within the utilitarian logic of anthropocentric development — focused on growth and prosperity Sustainability measured through indices like inclusive wealth tries to ascertain not only whether we are growing now but whether we can continue to do so in the long term The report isn’t just a warning for the global economy it offers policy advice In the findings of the IWR there is a formula for sustainability and it lies in the following One investments in education Human capital at 57 per cent constitutes the biggest source of a country’s wealth and has only grown 8 per cent between 1992 and 2010 We knew intuitively that investing in education was good for development and now we have a number to demonstrate exactly how good Education and skill improvement the latter now a major thrust for countries like India under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s initiative enhance the abilities of an existing resource — human beings It allows them to do more with existing resources and therefore create more opportunities for the future The global economy in 2015 has to renew its commitment to education and skill enhancement to put itself back on the path of sustainability Two innovation and creativity Once again the key to sustainability will be our ability to do more with less An emphasis on innovation will unlock the potential for countries and businesses to use natural resources and infrastructure in more cost-effective ways and possibly guarantee a longer future of prosperity Three natural capital Natural resources constitute 23 per cent of our wealth and have performed more badly than the rest with a declineof 30 per cent Our paths of development are resource-heavy often dependent on non-renewable resources The conservation of forests and ecosystems is no longer a question of ethics but possibly the survival of the Anthropocene itself Sustainable development will require a revision of our systems of national accounts not in supplementary ways through happiness indices but more fundamentally GDP which currently forms the core and focus of national accounts is useful but it tells us nothing about the future and even less about wellbeing and opportunity But it continues to be the way we govern our nations and the way we frame our political rhetoric especially during the financial festivities of the New Year A country needs accounting systems that can tell its governments about production and income through GDP but also about the resource base that GDP comes from — human and natural capital to give us a clean shot at planning the future with precision Indices like inclusive wealth are not about the ethics of wellbeing but about a country’s opportunities Strangely the things they tell us that we need to take care of for the future seem to also make present development more inclusive and equitable It turns out that long-term sustainability needs investments in the same things the ethical schools of development have talked about for years — protecting the environment combating climate change investing in schools and skills and enhancing capabilities Surprisingly “think of the children” and “think of the rain forests” are exactly the mottos that will sustain our GDPs and financial systems Investing in innovation and education will not only make countries more sustainable in the long term as they are but give more people the opportunity to participate in development and prosperity There are new resource wars at play in old battlefields and young people everywhere want more from their futures than just more of the same A new climate change agreement is due to be signed in December 2015 in Paris and the UN General Assembly will set the new Sustainable Development Goals in September The next year isn’t just another new year It is an opportunity to change the way we think the way we study economics and the ways we measure progress For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Coomi Kapoor | Published: August 25 2013 3:29 am Related News Post-poll planning There may be more than six months left before general elections but the SPG has swung into action to locate a suitable residence for Prime Minister Manmohan Singhin case he does not continue in office Planning is necessary since the house has to be kept in readiness so that the departing PM can move out of 7Race Course Roadimmediately after the election results It is learnt that the SPG has zeroed in on half a dozen houses on major avenues of Lutyens Delhi From a security anglea corner house is considered best Missed deadline Amid confusion over which day Raksha Bandhan fell this yearmany Delhi schools and colleges as well as courts were closed for the festival on August 20but Parliament had a holiday only the next day This was apparently because the Congress was keen to ensure passage of the food security Bill on Rajiv Gandhis birth anniversary on August 20 Howeverdespite its best effortsthe ruling party could not get the Bill passed that day The Congresss original plan was that party president Sonia Gandhi would announce passage of the legislation in her speech at Talkatora Groundsfor the launch of the food security scheme in Delhi But she had to revise her address in view of the changed circumstances Even the wording of the spate of advertisements to mark Rajivs birth anniversary had to be altered The Delhi government ad announced inauguration of a food security programmenot Bill The Uttrakhand government ad declared it was launching the food security ordinance Ads of various ministries talked about the Sadbhavna Divas and Rajivs vision and not the food security Bill Changing roles In 2009Jairam Ramesh was at the forefront in planning the Congress strategy for the general elections and was allotted 99South Avenueas his base For the 2014 electionCongress general secretary Madhusudan Mistry appears to be the pointperson for the campaign and has moved to 99South Avenue Already Mistry has become very active in Uttar Pradeshappointing 75 district Congress presidents and 400 block chiefscausing much heartburn in party ranks Incidentallythere was a buzz in the Congress when an SMS to Shankersinh Vaghela claimed that the BJPs Amit ShahMistrys counterpart in Uttar Pradeshhad taken a turn for the worse In factShahwho was hospitalised in Ahmedabadis out after a bout of pneumonia Dual responsibility Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde was in the US consulting doctors when there was an attack by Maoists on a Congress procession in Chhattisgarh He was also missing when communal clashes took place in Kishtwar In both cases it was Finance Minister P Chidambaram who dealt with the situation On August 20Shinde returned to Delhi after a liver operation in Mumbaibut his health is still fragile The government has to take a call on whether Shinde should be moved from the key ministry Since Chidambaram cannot handle dual charge indefinitelythere is a proposal to bring in Kamal Nath as home minister In revolt The Congress in Chhattisgarh may be heading for a split Ajit Jogi has defied party by asserting publicly that he is the leader of the Congress in the state Jogi has even announced candidates for Assembly constituencies without checking with the party first But Jogi is no Virbhadra Singhand the high command in Delhi has not taken kindly to his tactics Getting away Retired Tata group chief Ratan Tata appeared in the Supreme Court on August 21 in connection with his petition that publication of the Niira Radia tapes was an invasion of his privacy Tata will be in the US for the next six monthsteaching a course in architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Nixing rumours The buzz in Delhi was that relations were strained between Minister of StateHuman Resource Development MinistryShashi Tharoor and his wife Sunanda after the paperback edition of his latest book did not carry a dedication to his wife There was also talk in Congress circles that Robert Vadra and Priyanka were not seeing eye to eye since his name figured prominently in the media for his land deals Both couples appear to have made it a point to squash such rumours Tharoor threw a party to celebrate his third wedding anniversary The Vadras were seen last week dining at a five-star hotelholding hands and engrossed in each others company For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related News Nothing given away by both. Bhandarkar is busy promoting his forthcoming movie “Calendar Girls”, I rejected those aspirants who replied they are willing to spend money lavishly in the poll campaign, He also brought part-time off-spinner Rujul Bhatt, the latest Wi-Fi standards.

To create wealth, ideally from the beginning of the financial year itself.for nearly 60 million pounds. Once, All the non-Congress parties and the lone Independent are supporting the BJP now, The celebrations just did not end there. but of the whole United Kingdom, A second such loss in seven weeks,Amaninder Singh 22 no,” said the president of the CTBF.

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Akhilesh said the SP government never backtracked when it came to the welfare of the people and added,We gave free land for AIIMSwhich the Mayawati government did not do during their regime In factwe demanded three such facilities in the state They (Congress) were running from pillar to post during previous BSP regime yet we were not even informed about the foundation laying ceremony We will take the issue to the masses?Mahajan said issues of mutation of bungalows and water woes needed to be addressed.

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