Club of Rome annual meeting

Club of Rome annual meeting

The annual meeting of the Club of Rome took place in New Delhi from November 9 to 11. The Director, Silvia Zimmermann del Castillo, participated representing de argentine chapter.

During the meeting, New Delhi Assembly Work Program identifies four areas of work for the Club of Rome:

  • Values
  • Towards a New Economy
  • The Future of Work
  • The Future of Governance.
THE DELHI DECLARATION OF THE CLUB OF ROME

Following the Global Annual Conference 2011, November 10 in New Delhi, India

Economics, Ecology and Values- Where India and the World Meet

This meeting represents an important breakthrough for the Club of Rome. India has emerged as a major economic force and will be one of the most important voices in the future, representing 20% of the world population. The themes of building a new economy based upon respect for the environment, decoupling of carbon use from growth, while, at the same time, meeting the legitimate needs of the population. Eradicating poverty is central to the changes needed to fulfill the promise of a safer and more secure world. Many lessons have emerged from India’s development path, which will be of central importance to many countries and societies Key elements of the discussions of the last two days have included:
  • The interconnection of water, food and energy security is pointing towards the direction that numerous ecological crises facing the planet, cannot be dealt with in isolation
  • Without the integration of ecological valuation, the conventional model of economic growth is outdated. The current financial crisis indicates the urgency for a paradigm shift
  • To meet the challenges of moving to a sustainable world requires significant shifts in the way economies are managed. It requires major changes in both production and consumption systems: The Club of Rome is looking at examining the elements of the financial system that need to be addressed 
  • The current global currency crises are symptomatic of a broader concern of the global financial system. There is an urgent need to reform the global financial sector: to increase its stability and improve its management on the one hand but on the other hand and as a matter of urgency, to ensure that finance is made available to the real economy for investment and to increase employment opportunities 
  • An important start should be made by introducing a tax on financial transactions, which could simultaneously foster prudency into what has become a volatile financial sector and provide significant finance for new investment in such fields as clean energy
  • It will also require finance, especially for adaptation to potential climate change and new investment to shift to a low carbon clean energy economy. We remain concerned that the current global financial system is not “fit for purpose”
The meeting has also given high priority to the following issue of values, ethics and behaviors in particular in relation to:

  • global corruption
  • tax evasion
  • insider trading
We remain committed to elevating the debate on values and ethics to a central pillar of the work of the Club of Rome, whether in India or internationally. The search for a common shared vision of a better world lies at the heart of the changes we need to support. Values matter.
The Indian National Association of the Club of Rome announces:
  1. We will create ecological positivity in the verticals of water, food, energy and biodiversity
  2. The social impact of our work would result in employment through the creation of green jobs
  3. We will publish position papers on our systemic approach to development and will recommend actionable plans for policy-makers in the government
  4. We will create a knowledge portal highlighting case studies of innovative approaches to development which are community-based and culturally relevant to our Indian inheritance 
  5. We will support global think-tanks within and beyond the Club of Rome network in the advocacy of ecological positive solutions at international forums 
  6. We encourage likeminded thinkers and activists to join the Indian Association of the Club of Rome

New Delhi, 10 November 2011

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