The Institute for Governance and Policy Studies at Victoria University of Wellington cordially invites you to a symposium on Improving Intergenerational Governance at Parliament Buildings. The symposium is hosted by Hon Paula Bennett, Deputy Prime Minister.
Date: Thursday 23 March
Time: 8:45am - 3:00pm
Venue: Banquet Hall, Parliament Buildings
RSVPs essential by Monday 20th March
The symposium is free
Hon Paula Bennett, Deputy Prime Minister
Andrew Kibblewhite, CE, DPMC
Professor Petra Tschakert, University of Western Australia
Vicky Robertson, Secretary for the Environment
Sir Geoffrey Palmer, QC
Professor Jonathan Boston, Victoria University
Dr Andrew Coleman, University of Otago
Tina Porou, Contact Energy
Professor Wendy Larner, Victoria University
AProf Michael Macaulay, Victoria University
AProf Maryan van den Belt, Victoria University
Students representing Make a Difference in Economics
The symposium will be followed by the launch of two books by Professor Jonathan Boston in the Banquet Hall at 5.40pm (separate RSVP required)
Humanity faces daunting long-term risks and challenges – climate change, failed states, mass migration, the loss of biodiversity, major natural disasters, the social ramifications of the fourth industrial revolution and the fiscal implications of population ageing, to name but a few. In recent years, the international community has agreed on a series of important long-term goals, most notably in 2015 via the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Management.
But how are such goals to be met? Moreover, in a world dominated by short-term pressures, a relentless 24-hour media cycle, and tweeting presidents, how can democracies ensure that long-term issues receive the attention they deserve? How can governments be incentivized to safeguard the interests of future generations? How can public institutions be designed so that societies have good governance, not merely for today but also for tomorrow? Or, to put it differently, how can the quality of intergenerational governance be improved?
Victoria University of Wellington is committed to the goal of advancing better government, locally and globally. The symposium at Parliament on 23 March is one of a series of events designed to contribute to this objective. Hosted by the Deputy Prime Minister, Hon Paula Bennett, it brings together local and international researchers, senior public servants and private sector representatives to explore the challenges of governing well for the future. The symposium concludes with the launch of two books by Professor Jonathan Boston.