Meeting basic needs within planetary boundaries

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»Putting human wellbeing and social cohesion centre-stage«

On February 22, 2023 we held Session III of the Speaker Series ‘Social Policy Unpacked: Exploring pathways for fair green and digital transitions’, co-hosted by the ZOE Institute for Future-fit Economies and the European Commission (DG EMPL).

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Human and planetary wellbeing are inextricably linked and must be pursued in tandem. This involves ensuring a social floor below which no one should fall, and an ecological ceiling that should not be breached. One social policy model for meeting these requirements for a fair green transition is Universal Basic Services (UBS), which our Speaker Anna Coote, Principal Fellow at the New Economics Foundation (NEF), advocates for in her recent publication ‘Universal Basic Services: Provisioning for our needs within a fair consumption space’.

Guiding questions included:

  • how to define the the essential needs that constitute a good life
  • how can these needs be translated into policy models
  • how can Universal Basic Services underpin a fair green transition.

Anna Coote

Anna Coote ist Principal Fellow bei der New Economics Foundation und Projektleiterin von The Social Guarantee.

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22. February 2023 @ 15:00 - 16:00


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