10 June 2021

PhiloMadrid on Skype 6:30pm Sunday 13th June: Agenda 2030

Dear Friends,

This Sunday we are discussing: Agenda 2030.

The topic was proposed by Sara and she kindly provided us with some
links on the subject in Spanish and English. In my short essay I point
out that we have discussed many of the key points of Agenda 2030.

Agenda 2030 – Links provided by Sara
https://www.philomadrid.com/2021/06/agenda-2030-links.html


Agenda 2030 essay by Lawrence
https://www.philomadrid.com/2021/06/agenda-2030.html

In the meantime you can link to the current news and notices here:
https://www.philomadrid.com/2020/10/news-and-notices.html

-Alfonso has a new website and he gave us link to his latest book of
poems: Después

-Oscar's book on his reflections on COVID-19 is still available

-David J. Butler has published a new book "Absent Friends" regarding the
Cementerio Británico in Madrid

Finally if you have problems with Skype try launching it again if you
have the App or browser. Send me a message for the link.

Best and take care
Lawrence

telephone/WhatsApp: 606081813
Email: philomadrid@gmail.com
http://www.philomadrid.com


PhiloMadrid on Skype 6:30pm Sunday 13th June: Agenda 2030

Agenda 2030 – Links

 

Agenda 2030 – Links provided by Sara

 

 

8 predictions for the world in 2030

World Economic Forum

https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2016/11/8-predictions-for-the-world-in-2030/

 

 

8 predicciones para el mundo en 2030

World Economic Forum (in Spanish)

https://youtu.be/ZzdCTyMWQBs

 

 

And Google translation into Spanish.:

https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2016/11/8-predictions-for-the-world-in-2030/

 

1. Todos los productos se habrán convertido en servicios. “No tengo nada. No tengo auto. No soy dueño de una casa. No tengo electrodomésticos ni ropa ”, escribe la diputada danesa Ida Auken. Ir de compras es un recuerdo lejano en la ciudad de 2030, cuyos habitantes han agrietado*  energías limpias y piden prestado lo que necesitan a pedido. Suena utópico, hasta que ella menciona que cada uno de sus movimientos es rastreado y fuera de la ciudad vive franjas de descontento, la descripción definitiva de una sociedad dividida en dos.

      

2. Existe un precio global para el carbono. China tomó la delantera en 2017 con un mercado para negociar el derecho a emitir una tonelada de CO2, lo que encamina al mundo hacia un precio único del carbono y un poderoso incentivo para deshacerse de los combustibles fósiles, predice Jane Burston, directora de Clima y Medio Ambiente en el Laboratorio Nacional de Física del Reino Unido. Europa, mientras tanto, se encontró en el centro del comercio de paneles solares baratos y eficientes, ya que los precios de las energías renovables cayeron abruptamente.

       

3 . El dominio de Estados Unidos se acabó. Tenemos un puñado de potencias globales. Los estados nacionales habrán regresado, escribe Robert Muggah, director de investigación del Instituto Igarapé. En lugar de una sola fuerza, un puñado de países, entre ellos Estados Unidos, Rusia, China, Alemania, India y Japón, muestran tendencias semiimperiales. Sin embargo, al mismo tiempo, el papel del estado se ve amenazado por tendencias que incluyen el auge de las ciudades y la difusión de identidades en línea.

 

4. Adiós hospital, hola hogar-spital . La tecnología habrá perturbado aún más las enfermedades, escribe Melanie Walker, doctora en medicina y asesora del Banco Mundial. El hospital tal y como lo conocemos va a salir, con menos accidentes gracias a los coches autónomos y grandes avances en la medicina preventiva y personalizada. Los bisturíes y los donantes de órganos están fuera, los diminutos tubos robóticos y los órganos bioimpresos están dentro.

 

5. Estamos comiendo mucha menos carne. Al igual que nuestros abuelos, trataremos la carne como un placer en lugar de un alimento básico, escribe Tim Benton, profesor de ecología de poblaciones en la Universidad de Leeds, Reino Unido. No serán la agricultura grande o los pequeños productores artesanales los que ganen, sino una combinación de los dos, con comida preparada rediseñada para ser más saludable y menos dañina para el medio ambiente.

     

6. Los refugiados sirios de hoy, directores ejecutivos de 2030. Los refugiados sirios con un alto nivel de educación habrán alcanzado la mayoría de edad en 2030, lo que abogará por la integración económica de aquellos que se han visto obligados a huir del conflicto. El mundo necesita estar mejor preparado para las poblaciones en movimiento, escribe Lorna Solis, fundadora y directora ejecutiva de la ONG Blue Rose Compass, ya que el cambio climático habrá desplazado a mil millones de personas.

 

7. Los valores que construyeron Occidente se habrán puesto a prueba hasta el límite. Olvidamos los controles y equilibrios que refuerzan nuestras democracias bajo nuestro propio riesgo, escribe Kenneth Roth, director ejecutivo de Human Rights Watch.

 

      

8. "Para la década de 2030, estaremos listos para llevar a los humanos hacia el Planeta Rojo". Es más, una vez que lleguemos allí, probablemente descubriremos evidencia de vida extraterrestre, escribe Ellen Stofan, científica jefe de la NASA. La gran ciencia nos ayudará a responder grandes preguntas sobre la vida en la tierra, así como a abrir aplicaciones prácticas para la tecnología espacial.

 

En punto 1-

* ((agrietado?destrozado? = 'cracked' original English))

Agenda 2030

 

Agenda 2030

 

Topic by Sara

Essay by Lawrence

 

There is scepticism, experience, and we’ve been here before!

 

I would classify Agenda 2030 as something nice to have but we’ve been here before. There are many documents on the internet outlining what Agenda 2030 is all about, but basically it is an initiative of 17 sustainable goals signed up by most countries to protect and improve human rights, peace, prosperity, and the planet including the fight against global warming.

 

We have already covered many of the topics involved in Agenda 2030, but this is how the Swiss Confederation lists these 17 Sustainable Development Goals ( https://www.eda.admin.ch/agenda2030/en/home/agenda-2030/die-17-ziele-fuer-eine-nachhaltige-entwicklung.html ):

 

01 - End poverty in all its forms everywhere

02 - End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture

03 - Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

04 - Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

05 - Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

06 - Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

07 - Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all

08 - Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

09 - Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

10 - Reduce inequality within and among countries

11 - Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

12 - Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

13 - Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

14 - Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development

15 - Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss

16 - Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels

17 - Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development

 

The list is ambitious and the content actions are well overdue, but what is of concern is why did it take so long to come up with such a list? At face value, at least, most countries seem to agree that the seventeen goals are important. But my concern is twofold.

 

The first is that the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was proclaimed on the 10th December 1948 in Paris but very few people today enjoy the full list of these rights. The second concern are such maps as those found at the “Our World in Data” website under Human Rights ( https://ourworldindata.org/human-rights ) that show that most countries in Asia and Africa have low respect for human rights.

 

There are, however, some positive factors that might improve the situation somewhat as identified by Agenda 2030. The first is that technology might help solve some problems in communications, global warming, sustainability and information sharing. Today it is much easier to learn about human rights abuse because of the internet where information can bypass the main stream media many of whom have an agenda or two.

 

The second and most important factor is President Biden’s initiative on taxing multinationals and limiting their scope of channelling their profits through tax havens (Factbox: Key elements of Biden's corporate tax-hike plan – Reuters - https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-biden-taxes-factbox-idUSKBN2BN3NU). As we know the problem is not companies making profits but rather companies not paying taxes on those profits. Taxes are way for businesses to return money into a society that helped create those profits in the first place. Unfortunately, it seems that for many countries find it many easier to allow tax evasion rather than introduce equitable tax systems: politics of envy never worked.

 

The Covid pandemic can be seen as a test run for this ideal world envisioned under Agenda 2030. And although technology and science have created opportunities by understanding the virus and creating vaccines, politicians have proved to be a hindrance to the fight against the virus. Indeed when we have five obnoxious governments in Europe (Poland, Hungary, United Kingdom, Russia and Belarus) in the twenty first century, I do not see much prospect of Agenda 2030 coming to fruition.

 

Best Lawrence

 

 

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 Email: philomadrid@gmail.com

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03 June 2021

PhiloMadrid on Skype 6:30pm Sunday 6th June: Sentient Animals,

Dear Friends,

Last Sunday we did not get round to discuss the topic on Sentient
Animals, so this Sunday we'll continue with this topic.
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This Sunday we are discussing: Sentient Animals.

The topic was proposed by Ignacio, and in my short essay I discuss three
philosophical issues that might help us discuss this important topic.

Sentient Animals
https://www.philomadrid.com/2021/05/sentient-animals.html


In the meantime you can link to the current news and notices here:
https://www.philomadrid.com/2020/10/news-and-notices.html

-Alfonso has a new website and he gave us link to his latest book of
poems: Después

-Oscar's book on his reflections on COVID-19 is still available

-David J. Butler has published a new book "Absent Friends" regarding the
Cementerio Británico in Madrid

Finally if you have problems with Skype try launching it again if you
have the App or browser. Send me a message for the link.

Best and take care
Lawrence

telephone/WhatsApp: 606081813
Email: philomadrid@gmail.com
http://www.philomadrid.com


PhiloMadrid on Skype 6:30pm Sunday 6th June: Sentient Animals

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