We, the “YES!”- participants from Heinrich-Heine-Schule Heikendorf feel very connected to our school and are being individually supported at this place of education day by day. We are hence going to devote this article to the “HHS” in order to be able to show you what makes this place so special.
Amongst other things, the Heinrich Heine School Heikendorf distinguishes itself by being a MINT- friendly school (since 2012) as well as offering several projects, clubs, study groups and other possibilities to support its students. We are furthermore linked to partner schools around the globe, like for example in Angers (France), Bishop’s Stortford (England) and Kadrina (Estonia).
The school attaches great importance to the individual student taking responsibility for his or her own study as well as the development of social competences. An open and authentic atmosphere dominates the daily life at our school, a friendly and respectful contact to each other being one of our top priorities.
It is important to the HHS for every student to be able to develop freely and individually.
, says our headmistress, Karin Bobertz, in an interview.
Especially the concept of “YES!” encourages to “take responsability” and shape the future through discrete thinking, which is why the participation in such projects is of great importance and we are motivated to achieve a lot within the scope of “YES!”.
Our special thanks to our headmistress who has willingly taken the time to talk to us.
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Infrastructure is an essential ingredient for sustainable economic development and global prosperity. An inadequate supply of transport, water and energy networks, a lack of basic health and sanitation infrastructure, and unsatisfactory communications networks all affect the well-being of people, especially in low and middle income countries. But also in the developed world, the need for infrastructure updating on a large scale has lately become a key concern. Policy-makers and experts have repeatedly pointed to the persistently low rates of infrastructure investment: total annual investment needs are estimated to amount to 3.7 trillion USD globally, leaving an infrastructure investment gap of roughly one trillion USD a year at current investment rates.
Such quantitative projections, however, appear to be of only limited value. They perpetuate the traditional economic models based on investment-driven growth, and neglect the critical need to define sustainable development pathways that include parameters of human well-being, the environment and global climatic conditions alongside GDP growth figures. The challenge is more than simply a lack of funding. Rather, what is really needed is a new sustainability paradigm for infrastructure development projects, encompassing (1) economic viability, contributing to economic growth and job creation as well as being fiscally viable, (2) environmental protection, maintaining the integrity of eco-systems, using resources efficiently and ensuring low-carbon, climate-resilient construction and operation processes, and (3) social inclusiveness, contributing to poverty alleviation and targeting the needs of the population.
Although international debates about environmental, social and economic sustainability have gained momentum, especially also in the context of the climate negotiations leading up to the Paris agreement and the endorsement of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, there is still a lack of concrete political frameworks and business strategies to implement sustainability criteria. The proposed session will focus on the following two sets of questions related to public sector solutions on the one hand and private sector solutions on the other:
How to build frameworks and procedural strategies for sustainable infrastructure to be implemented by governments? What are the main existing public procurement practices applied by multilateral development banks and different national governments. What could be a consensus on levers that tip the balance toward sustainable projects?
How to link the value of sustainability in infrastructure projects to macroeconomic levels? What are effective methodologies to assess and measure sustainability in the private sector, i.e. concretely in a business plan through variables that change the return on investment accordingly?
Das Thema “How to Effectively Implement Sustainable Infrastructure Projects” stammt aus dem Global Economic Symposium (GES), das vom Institut für Weltwirtschaft in Kooperation mit der ZBW – Leibniz-Informationszentrum Wirtschaft organisiert wird.
Das Thema „Building Sustainable and Smart Cities: Challenges for Industries and Societies“ stammt von Forschenden des Instituts für Weltwirtschaft.
Pictures (from top to bottom): (c) Heinrich-Heine-Schule Heikendorf, (c) shutterstock / Creativa Images.