Canadian federalism and British devolution face new challenges. There are questions over the right level for social solidarity and welfare. There are disputes about fiscal decentralization and transfers. Policy issues cut across the levels of government, calling for new forms of intergovernmental cooperation. Party politics is reconfiguring at different levels. The courts play an increasing role in settling disputes among levels of government.
Following a joint call to their respective memberships IAP and GYA received over 20 contributions from experts in the fields of solid waste management, environmental science, green economy and sustainable development. Experts from all over the world and from: countries with advanced economies (G8); transition and emerging economy countries (BRICS); as well as developing economies, participated.
At its meeting of 4 November 2014 the Steering Committee of World Science Forum has agreed on the date and main theme of World Science Forum 2015. After the highly successful event of Rio de Janeiro in 2013 World Science Forum will return to Budapest on 4-7 November 2015. The main theme of the Forum will be "The Enabling Power of Science" reflecting on the way how science opens new paths for the improvement of human life, businesses and the practices of policy making.
A key element of the Royal Society of Canada's (RSC) Strategic Plan is to “expand the reach of the RSC’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Annual Symposium”. Between 1945 and 1980, the AGM of the RSC was hosted at least once in every province of Canada, at 25 universities from coast to coast. In 2013, the RSC resumed the practice of moving the AGM around the country, beginning with a visit to Banff, Alberta.