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WWWforEurope Lecture Series


Winning Strategies for a Sustainable Future

Armando Garcia Schmidt



October 15th, 2014, 13:15 – 15:00

WIFO, Quellenstraße 51-55, 1100 Wien

Lecture Hall, 3rd Floor

The lecture was held in German.


"Looking at the sheer number of so-called sustainability strategies that have emerged in recent years, the post-Rio process appears to be a success. In 2009, the United Nations identified 106 national sustainability strategies. However, the character and quality of these strategies vary considerably. How can sustainable development be made a guiding principle for political activity? The Reinhard Mohn Prize 2013’s global analysis, “Winning Strategies for a Sustainable Future”, found five inspiring examples of the successful implementation of sustainability strategies in countries and regions as varied as Bhutan, Costa Rica, Finland, Ghana and Tasmania. As different as these cases are, their approaches and solutions are both notable and worthy of emulation. They hold the potential of providing new impetus to the development of sustainability policies in other countries."


Armando Garcia Schmidt, a historian and sociologist, is Senior Project Manager with the Shaping Sustainable Economies program at the Bertelsmann Stiftung in Gütersloh. He is also one of the authors of the publication „Winning Strategies for a Sustainable Future” accompanying the Reinhard Mohn Prize 2013 granted by the Bertelsmann Stiftung. undefinedDownload presentation

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Professor of Economics at the Wegener Center on Climate and Global Change at the University of Graz

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