New Report of Potential Interest: “Now for the Long Term: The Report of the Oxford Martin Commission for Future Generations”

The Oxford Martin Commission in the United Kingdom has this month released a report

Now for the Long Term

that urges the “break[ing of] gridlock on global challenges” to “overcome increasing business short-termism” or else warns of “an unstable future.”

Please see generally here and here.

Recommendations [with CAPITALIZATION, italic and boldface emphasis added] of the October 2013 report — “Now for the Long Term: The Report of the Oxford Martin Commission for Future Generations” — include:

  • CREATE a C20-C30-C40 Coalition to counteract climate change; a new coalition made up of G20 countries, 30 companies, and 40 cities. The coalition could accelerate action on climate change, with measurable targets for initiatives that include energy-efficient buildings, faster market penetration of efficient vehicles and tracking emissions.
  • ESTABLISH a Voluntary Taxation and Regulatory Exchange to address tax abuse and avoidance and harmonise company taxation arrangements, promote information sharing, enhance transparency and governance.
  • ESTABLISH sunset clauses for publicly funded international institutions to ensure regular reviews of accomplishments and mandates to ensure they are fit for 21st century purpose.
  • INTRODUCE CyberEx, a new early warning platform, aimed at promoting a better understanding of common cyber threats, identifying preventative measures, and minimising future attacks for the shared benefit of government, corporate and individual interests.
  • REMOVE perverse subsidies on hydrocarbons and agriculture, and redirect support to the poor.
  • FIGHT non-communicable diseases with a new action focused, city-based network, “Fit Cities” which would involve food, beverage and alcohol providers, in collaboration with public health and city authorities, as well as civil society, to reduce the burden on health systems.
  • END discrimination against future generations by revising discounting methods and adjusting them to take account of the uncertainties, risks and ethical implications for the long term.
  • SET UP Worldstat, a specialist agency charged with undertaking quality control on global statistics, assessing domestic practices, regulating misuse and improving data collection.
  • INVEST in Younger GenerationsSocial protection measures such as conditional cash transfer programmes should be used to break the intergenerational cycle of poverty, whilst youth guarantees would help reduce ‘scars’ of long-term unemployment and disconnection.

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