The Action Agenda for Sustainable Development has emerged through a process of expert advice and public consultation to set in motion international development projects, linked in their objectives and supported by a large multinational well networked community. We aim to promote solutions to social exclusion and gender inequality, to support health and wellbeing, and to decouple growth from the use of non-renewable resources, as urbanization swells the demand for energy, and to ensure survival of vital ecosystems, now being threatened or destroyed. The Action Agenda reflects a strong consensus among world leaders, which I share, that linking local projects to each other and to a vision of sustainable development is the way forward.
Having once observed that "a single spark can start a prairie fire," Mao Zedong might be less surprised by how far his ideology has spread than by its many forms. From the structure of Hong Kong's democracy movement to the opportunistic rhetoric of the Chinese central leadership, one can find glimpses of Maoism just about everywhere.
reviews recent books on Maoism, many versions of which continue to underpin Chinese politics to this day.
Policymakers on both sides of the Atlantic are increasingly unwilling to leave the governance of technology in the hands of those who design it. But will they succeed in taming Big Tech and developing global rules for the digital economy, or will dominant platforms and national interests prevail?