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“Living Well Rather Than Living Better”

Measuring Biocentric Human-Nature Rights and Human–Nature Development in Ecuador

Johannes M. Waldmüller

Drawing on the first attempt worldwide to implement human rights indicators at the national level in Ecuador (2009–2014), as well as on a critical review of the uneasy relationship between human rights and human development discourses, this article calls into question the prefix “human” in contemporary human development and human rights thinking. By alternating case study and reflection, it argues that a systemic and biocentric focus on human–nature relationships, extending the concepts of capabilities and functionings to ecosystems and human–nature interactions, is important for designing adequate tools for human–nature development, monitoring and for moving beyond ascribing merely instrumental value to nature. In order to shift the common understanding of human rights and human development from anthropocentric frameworks toward a more realistic biocentric focus, a focus on life as such is proposed, including inherent moments of arising and passing that express the necessary limitations to all human conduct and striving.

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Shobita Parthasarathy

complete monopolies over important technologies like medicines. In the case of COVID-19, Canada, Germany, Chile, and Ecuador have also already amended their patent laws to ensure rapid compulsory licensing of any tests, treatments, or vaccines if necessary

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Editorial

Brexit, Sustainability, Economics, Companies’ Responsibilities, and Current Representations

in line with the policy of the government of Ecuador that stresses the inevitability of looking at the intergenerational relationships between humans and nature, in order to achieve sustainability in a holistic sense that understands human development

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Latin America and COVID-19

Political Rights and Presidential Leadership to the Test

Brigitte Weiffen

restricted worldwide in the name of fighting the pandemic. Reasonable precaution allowed leaders to institute extraordinary measures that disable basic democratic mechanisms. Latin America is no exception. The imposition of curfews (such as in Chile, Ecuador

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Marcos S. Scauso, Garrett FitzGerald, Arlene B. Tickner, Navnita Chadha Behera, Chengxin Pan, Chih-yu Shih, and Kosuke Shimizu

coronavirus itself—as part of a vibrant ecology indicated by many strains of indigenous (and more recently, post-humanist) thought. Several countries, such as Ecuador and Bolivia, have already expanded notions of citizenship to include “nature” as an equal

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Francisco A. Ortega

and disturbances, there had been almost no memorable events in the Viceroyalty of New Granada [roughly present-day Colombia, Panama, and Ecuador] during its years of existence.” 2 Restrepo, like other mid-nineteenth-century observers, contrasted the

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Searching for a New Way of Thinking about Society

A Noospheric Social Quality Orientation for Development toward Sustainability

Vyacheslav Nikolayevitch Bobkov and Nikolay Vyacheslavovich Bobkov

Social Quality . http://www.socialquality.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/WorkingPaper-11-2012.pdf . Waldmüller , J.M. 2015 . “ Living Well Rather Than Living Better: Measuring Biocentric Human-Nature Rights and Human-Nature Development in Ecuador

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Wolfgang Merkel and Jean-Paul Gagnon

Greece, or 1973 Chile. But often those democratic regimes do not collapse but transform into what I call defective democracies ( Merkel 2004) . That is the case of Venezuela since Hugo Chavez came into power, or Ecuador under Raphael Corea, Bolivia under

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Laurent J.G. van der Maesen

highest numbers of health worker deaths thus far include the USA (507), Russia (545), UK (540), Brazil (351), Mexico (248), Italy (188), Egypt (111), Iran (91), Ecuador (82) and Spain (63). ( Ambast 2020 ) Ambast concludes that it is especially

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A World in the Making

Discovering the Future in the Hispanic World

Javier Fernández-Sebastián

Translator : Mark Hounsell

: Banco Central del Ecuador, 2005). 16 Goldgel, Cuando lo nuevo conquistó América , 62. 17 Javier Fernández-Sebastián, “‘Riding the Devil’s Steed’: Historical Acceleration in an Age of Revolutions,” in Political Concepts and Time: New Approaches to