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Global 13

Global Insight2013 As we look toward 2013, I refuse to be fearful, and I am realisti- We can no longer talk about climate change as an ominous threat cally hopeful. on the horizon, the climate has changed and what we have seen last year is only a small bitter taste of our common future if action is Jim Yong Kim not taken immediately to alter course. President of the World Bank Group energy revolution and the realisation of an inclusive, equitable, greenI hope that 2013 will see a decisive embracing of a need for an The hopes and fears that matter most to us are those global economy. What we need in 2013 is a movement away from UN Photo/Rick Bajornas of the world’s poor. system maintenance and system recovery at all cost to an approach Poor people want good jobs. They want to live that recognizes the fundamental need for a system re-design. in dignity, in peaceful, prosperous communities. For their children, they want health, education, Michelle Bachelet,Under-Secretary- dramatically alter the natural environment. General and Executive Director, UN Womenopportunity, and that climate change will not Poor people have suffered the harshest impacts of the crises ofUN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré human rights, justice, equality and protection of-I think that resilient dynamism depends on ethi This morning, too many people woke up gripped by the fear that they won’t be able to provide their families with a decent meal in cal leadership grounded in democratic and inclu- the course of the day. sive institutions, laws and policies that promote recent years: the economic shocks, food price spikes and climatic the environment. assaults. And the poor have the most to lose, if we fail to build My hopes for the world in 2013 are twofold. One, resilience to confront future crises more effectively. I hope that more women will become leaders to bring about positive My belief is that with comparatively modest investments and and systemic change. Two, I hope more funding comes to UN Women. a laser focus on delivery, we can accelerate the end of absolute Today there is so much distrust in politics and institutions and there is a poverty. In less than a generation, we can free humanity from this need for ethical leadership that focuses on protecting the well-being of scourge forever. At the World Bank Group, this is our passion and current and future generations. I think women leaders will do the right our duty, for which the world’s peoples will hold us accountable. thing and restore trust and credibility, reduce risk and address urgent challenges such as climate change in a comprehensive and practical Helen Clark,Administrator of the United way. If UN Women had more money, we could provide greater sup- Nations Development Programme port to countries to advance gender equality and women’s empower-ment and to support women’s organisations around the world. The new normal in our world is shock and vola- My fears are that regressive forces will gain ground and erode tility, and we must learn to expect the unexpect- hard won gains for women. That is why I am constantly reaching ed. As we look to 2013 and beyond, development out to build new alliances. challenges will be different in nature, scale, and scope from those of the past. Taleb Rifai,Secretary-General of the eradicated, inequality is reduced, growth is inclusive, and production World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)If our world is to be one in which poverty is and consumption do not break planetary boundaries, and if we are to If there’s one word that describes tourism it’s ‘resil- be effective in combating the effects of climate change, much needs ient’. Over recent years tourism has faced multiple to change. At UNDP we believe that empowered people can and do crises - natural disasters, acts of terror and one of build resilient nations. Through our commitment to building resil- the biggest global economic crises in history - yet ience, we hope to help secure development progress made to date, it continues to grow and is today one of the world’s and advance equitable and sustainable human development. largest economic sectors, accounting for one bil- lion tourists travelling internationally and over $ 1 trillion in exports. Kumi Naidoo, International Executive Despite persistent economic uncertainty, international tourism is ex- Director of Greenpeace pected to grow by 2–3 percent in 2013, creating much needed jobs.My hope for the world in 2013 is that those working to set the © Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert/Greenpeace In 2013 we can expect to witness more devas- global economy on the path of stable growth look past the traditional tating extreme weather events fuelled and super- solutions and towards new growth engines such as tourism. Ours is charged by the destructive power of a warming a sector that accounts directly and indirectly for 9 percent of global planet brought about by climate change. How- GDP and one in every 12 jobs worldwide and can play a central role ever, I hope to witness and be part of exponen- in global recovery if awarded the right support from governments. tial growth in the popular pressure forcing gov- ernments and business to take steps to avert catastrophic climate Kamalesh Sharma change. I hope to see even more ‘unusual allies’ joining the global movement demanding climate action. In particular, we can expect Commonwealth Secretary-General to see the women’s movement, trade unions and religious organi- Resilience is a watchword for the Common- sations continuing to get more actively involved in the struggle to wealth. In all that we do we seek to help our avert catastrophic climate change. member states, particularly the smallest and The main question is whether these extreme weather events, the most vulnerable of them, to equip themselves so science, public opinion and increasingly economic interests, will that they are better able to withstand economic change the political and business world and rouse our governments setbacks and to build robust societies in which and business leaders from their slumber. there can be progress towards equitable and inclusive development. globalfirst quarter 2013 www.global-briefing.org l13


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