Date: Wednesday, 18 May 2011
Time: 1.15-2.30pm (EST)
Venue: UNU Video Portal
In this seminar, Professor Charles Sampford argues that our fundamental problem is that an unsustainable, high-carbon version of the "good life" was developed in the west, and increasingly sought by the rest. The development of sustainable versions of the good life and mechanisms that put a price on carbon is essential. The speaker examines carbon trading schemes which create property rights in carbon emissions activities and allocate them to the countries which do the most environmental damage.
Professor Sampford outlines a number of arguments for the superiority of carbon taxes over carbon trading schemes and outlines a proposal for a carbon added tax (CAT) which operates like a VAT. He also indicates how the legal and ethical norms and the institutions that monitor carbon could form a 'Global Carbon Integrity System'.
The seminar is part of the UNU Midday Forum Series, which offers an intimate and informal platform of discussion for the UN permanent missions, the UN Secretariat, UN agencies, academia, NGOs and the private sector to exchange ideas on important topics related to the UN.
- Charles Sampford, Director, Institute for Ethics, Governance and Law; President, International Institute for Public Ethics
- Jean-Marc Coicaud, Director, United Nations University Office in New York
Contact: Portia Gama
From Maria Em