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Sustainable Development of SIDS

Let me start with a good short video.

Rio 1992 started the development of a system of global governance involving all levels of government and even non-State actors. It is a system of different sorts of actors on different levels (multi-level, multi-levelness), that must get integrated and moving in the same direction (Karlsson-Vinkhuyzen, 2011). And also actors from different sectors must collaborate (cross-sector collaboration) (Dienhart, 2010).

Governance is steering. We distinguish three spheres or sectors of governance: governments, NGOs and markets (Dienhart, 2010). There is governance on three levels: global, national, local/grassroots. All three levels influence each other. It is dynamic and interactive.

There must be a balance between the role of government, the role of markets and non-governmental organizations. The question is whether the dangers of the current (financial) crisis will allow us to see the opportunity to restore the balance between market and state, the balance between individualism (Me) and community (We), and between man and nature (Stiglitz, 2011).The solution is the rebalancing of the three Ps (people, planet, profit) in the three domains, Public (government), NGOs and Market. This new balance will transform the knowledge economy to the sage society (Goede, 2011), a society seeking a balance between a social, environmental and economic agenda.

On all level in all the three domains, the actors must go to through stages: awareness, by in, and ownership. Only when actors own the problem they will act and interact.

In the next three blogs the three domains: Government, NGO and Market will be described.

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