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17: Promoting sustainable development

Breakout / Sustainability
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The current system of the liberal market economy alongside little enlightened leadership in weakened democracies is destabilising the natural world and harms social cohesion. New economic and political models are necessary to decouple economic prosperity from growth imperatives, and capital flows from the destruction of natural assets. Diversity and resilience should be key components of redesigned governance systems to achieve sustainable development and the well-being of citizens. Which are the impact strategies, transformation pathways and indicators we are best to follow in order to achieve a vision for sustainability?


Co-President, Club of Rome, Emmendingen Introduction
Member, Club of Rome; Energy investor and equity partner, Univergy (North America) and Univergy - Think Green (India), Detroit/MI
Member, Club of Rome; Secretary General, German Advisory Council on Global Change, Berlin
Full Member, Club of Rome; Co-Founder and Executive Director, Collective Leadership Institute GmbH, Potsdam
Member, Club of Rome; Professor of Sustainability Science, University of Iceland, Reykjavík
Member, Club of Rome; Senior Advisor and Facilitator, Corporate Purpose, Sustainability and Low Carbon Solutions, Brussels (tbc) Chair


Co-President, Club of Rome, Emmendingen

1965 Physikdiplom, Hamburg
1969 Dr. rer. nat., Biologie, Freiburg
1972-1975 Ordentlicher Professor, Biologie, Universität Essen
1991-2000 Präsident, Wuppertal Institut für Klima, Umwelt, Energie, Wuppertal
1998-2005 Mitglied des Deutschen Bundestages (MdB) für Stuttgart 1, SPD - Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands, Stuttgart
2006-2008 Dean und Professor, Bren School for Environmental Science and Management, University of California, Santa Barbara
2007-2014 Ko-Präsident (ehrenamtlich), International Resource Panel, UNEP - United Nations Environment Programme
seit 2012 Ko-Präsident (ehrenamtlich), Club of Rome

Dr. Maja GÖPEL

Member, Club of Rome; Secretary General, German Advisory Council on Global Change, Berlin

1996-2001 Diploma, Media-Planning, -Developing, -Consulting, Universities of Siegen, Sevilla and Fribourg
2002-2004 Lecturer, Institute Political Sciences and European Studies, University of Hamburg
2002-2006 Volunteer Campaigner and Trade Expert, Friends of the Earth, Berlin
2002-2007 PhD, Global Political Economy, Hegemony Theory, Institutionalism, Universities of Hamburg, Kassel, Toronto
2006-2008 Campaign Manager Climate/Energy, World Future Council, Hamburg
2008-2012 Director Future Justice, World Future Council, Brussels
since 2013 Head Berlin Office, Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy, Berlin
2014 Regular Lecturer, Master programme Strategic Sustainability Management, University for Sustainability Eberswalde
2014 Occasional Lecturer, University of Witten-Herdecke & Leuphana University Lüneburg

Dr. Petra KÜNKEL

Full Member, Club of Rome; Co-Founder and Executive Director, Collective Leadership Institute GmbH, Potsdam

2001-2003 Senior Associate, DIALogos, Inc.; Boston, U.S.A.
since 2005 Founder and Executive Director Collective Leadership Institute gGmbH

Political Symposium

show timetable


13:30 - 16:30My Europe: How to tell the storyPartner
17:00 - 18:30OpeningPlenary
19:00 - 20:30New perspectives on EU enlargementPlenary
21:30 - 23:30Drink receptionSocial


08:30 - 09:30DER STANDARD Morning BriefingPlenary
08:30 - 09:30POLITICO Morning BriefingPlenary
09:00 - 10:30Alpbach Hike: MindfulnessPartner
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 01: Whoever has the money has the power? The future financing of the EUBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 02: EU-Russia relations: Attempting a cool-headed analysisBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 03: Citizens don’t bite: Experiences and learnings from successful participation projects in EuropeBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 04: European security and the Mediterranean: A simulationBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 05: A world without nukes? The impact of the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear WeaponsBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 06: Development dialogues: The Sustainable Development Goals in practiceBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 07: Democracies under pressure: Civil society and populismBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 08: Living the Swiss militia principle: Ensuring resilience through involvementBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 09: Implementing the SDGs: The challenges countries face and the solutions they offerBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 10: European security in the age of hybrid threats: Rethinking military and civilian cooperation?Breakout
14:30 - 15:45Sovereignty in the EU: Who decides?Plenary
16:15 - 17:30Democracies under pressurePlenary
18:00 - 19:00The rule of law under scrutinyPlenary
20:00 - 22:00European-Israeli DinnerSocial


08:30 - 09:30DER STANDARD Morning BriefingPlenary
08:30 - 09:30POLITICO Morning BriefingPlenary
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 12: Israel: Can democracy exist without peace?Breakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 13: Defending democracy in the digital ageBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 14: The end of oil: Global systems in transitionBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 15: Are you acting or reacting? Countering climate change through new partnershipsBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 16: Culture and identity: What level of adaptation is required for successful integration?Breakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 17: Promoting sustainable developmentBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 19: Democracies under pressure: The media and populismBreakout
14:30 - 15:45Global power shifts: Implications for Europe and AsiaPlenary
16:15 - 17:45European Union - Russia: What to do? (Что делать?)Plenary
18:15 - 19:15The future of the EU: Priorities of the Austrian EU Council presidencyPlenary


09:00 - 10:30The subsidiarity principle under scrutinyPlenary
11:00 - 12:30Global transformations towards a sustainable futurePlenary