Who Said What at the GGKP and PAGE High-Level Media Debate?
There was disagreement, there were innovative ideas, some laughs, stern opposing opinions and a wealth of knowledge debating globalization and sustainability in the 21st century. So, who said what at the joint GGKP and PAGE High-Level Media Debate?
On March 26th a panel of eminent speakers debated the question, 'Whose Prosperity? How Can We Build Inclusive and Sustainable Economies?'. The Green Growth Knowledge Platform and the Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) held the event on the eve the Second PAGE Ministerial Conference complementing the conference theme of 'Inclusive and Sustainable Economies Powering the Sustainable Development Goals'. The debate was fueled by questions from the audience providing a rare opportunity for attendees to directly engage key opinion leaders in a public forum.
The speakers were chosen for their vast influential experience and knowledge but also to represent the different perspectives of civil society, economics, government, international governance and business. The panel included: Winnie Byanyima (Executive Director of Oxfam International), Tim Jackson (Sustainable Economist and Author of Prosperity Without Growth), Esther Byer Suckoo (Minister of Labour, Social Security and Human Resource Development, Barbados), Elliot Harris (Assistant Secretary-General of the UN and Head of the UN Environment New York Office) and Jürgen Heraeus (Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Heraeus Holding and Chairman of the B20). Robert Collins moderated the debate and is a Senior Producer at the global debate forum Intelligence Squared.
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"We people in the developing countries, despite the benefits of globalization have been sceptical about it. It is good now to see more people in the north also questioning globalization," said Winnie Byanyima.
"We have to reverse the huge inequality that comes out of a money system where 97% of the money supply is created at interest by private banks. We have to return to something like a sovereign money system, a full reserve money system which actually gives governments once again the freedom - as is their right - to invest in their society and to create health and education systems that work," said Tim Jackson.
The debate's diverse audience included students from the Hertie School of Governance and attendees from the PAGE Ministerial Conference.
Intelligence Squared acted as the media partner for this event, they are one of the world’s premier forums for debate and intelligent discussion, with over 9 million downloads on the podcast, and regular broadcasts on the BBC World News to an estimated audience of 70 million for each event. This media debate will be aired on the Intelligence Squared podcast to 1.5 million followers this Friday, April 7th, register for the podcast here. The debate can also be accessed on the Intelligence Squared YouTube, SoundCloud and iTunes.