The expression Beyond GDP, is in fashion in Brussels among some European civil servants and politicians, 40 years after Commission President ... Sicco Mansholt had already criticized GDP, and had proposed an end to economic growth in rich countries. The slogan in Brussels is "the greening of the economy: beyond GDP".
A report by HRW on the plight of migrant workers in the middle east in 2010 shocked many. However, little was done by concerned governments to ... address that issue. The burning of Hannibal Gaddafi's Ethiopian maid and the recent brutal beating, and eventual suicide, of another Ethiopian maid in downtown Beirut, Lebanon have been met with insignificant diplomatic efforts. In this piece, Tewodros Abebe calls for international condemnation of "the tragic end of lives caused by the unbearable living conditions."
One of EJOLT's* main tasks - of which I am the coordinator - is to collect and map a large global inventory (not less than 2000 cases) of environmental ... conflicts. Some will be success stories of forests saved, of dams or mining projects stopped. Others, of recurring and replicated unsustainable development models, packaged in the language of 'growth' - unquestioned; accepted.