30.09.2015: Towards a sustainable development agenda

The United Nations is now in the process of defining Sustainable Development Goals as part a new sustainable development agenda that must finish the job and leave no one behind. The 17 proposed Sustainable Development Goals:

1. End poverty in all its forms everywhere

2. End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture

3. Ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all at all ages

4. Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

5. Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

6. Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

7. Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all

8. Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment, and decent work for all

9. Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialisation, and foster innovation

10. Reduce inequality within and among countries

11. Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

12. Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

13. Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts (taking note of agreements made by the UNFCCC forum)

14. Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development

15. Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification and halt and reverse land degradation, and halt biodiversity loss

16. Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels

17. Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalise the global partnership for sustainable development

15.09.2015 : Circle International

Nearly parallel to the founding of the European Retail Academy as an international network for research and exchange of students in 2005 by Prof.Bernd Hallier another idea of creating platforms for PhD-students to talk in the English language in front of an international audience was founded in 2004 by Prof.Claudio Vignali under the name CIRCLE. The destinations of the Circle-meetings are rotating : after Poland in 2015 the next meeting will be in 2016 in Italy.

The Italian organizers will be jointly the Universities Partheonape and the Second University of Naples. Details for application and participation are available under http://circleconference2016.wix.com/circle2016

28.08.2015 : Challenges for City Marketing

TaylorWessing/GMA was running a workshop in Cologne/Germany about the impact of digitalization by the title "Legal and Technical Changes in retail and law" and its influences on down-town storeformats . The same challenge for the permanent revitalization of cities was discussed by the 4th Day of NRW-Retail ( regional retail in the North Rhine Westfalia area - covering about 25 percent of all Germany's annual retail turnover).

The NRW-event was visited by all major chambers of industry and commerce of North Rhine Westfalia because they are the "third column" in Germany for City Marketing beside the local Governments and the Administration Offices. At the photo of the IHK Bochum are among other experts the NRW-Deputy Minister for Townplanning M. von der Muehlen, the President of the Board of Kaufhof Galeria Department Stores Lovro Mandac , ERA President Prof.Dr.B.Hallier and the ERA Senior Advisor for City Marketing Eberhard Gebauer.

18.08.2015: Focus Asia-Pacific

The Federation of the Asian-Pacific retailers is organizing its 17th Asian-Pacific Retailers Convention and Exhibition (APRCE) in 2015 in Manila/Philippines.

For the 12th year the Retail Asia magazine is publishing its Top 500 ranking-list of the best performing players in the 14 areas under supervision of Retail Asia and its research partners. For the best of the best an Award Ceremony will be held at the APRCE Convention. Prof.Dr.B.Hallier of the European Retail Academy will be again in that international Jury.

08.08.2015: Ethics and Handicap

The European Retail Academy is demanding a Global House of Harmony bridging Economics, Ecology and Ethics. One special facette of this are handicapped people: how can they be integrated into the world of competition - how can they be empowered?

The Chamber of Industry and Commerce of Cologne/Germany hosted together with the two foundations "Lebensspur e.V." (Link) and "Dr.Juergen Rembold Stiftung" (Link) an Award Ceremony for two handicapped persons sitting in the wheelchair or being nearly blind nevertheless creating an entrepreneurial spirit not only for themselves, but also for about 10 employees each.

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