Taking action on global commodity supply chains: a tool for sustainable development

April 5, 2017

Palm oil production has demonstrable impacts in terms of environmental and social sustainability. The responsibility for these impacts lies as much with producer countries, especially in Southeast Asia, as with consumer countries, particularly in Europe, at the different levels of the associated value chain. How is this value chain organised? What are the power relations […]

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The Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations

In this blog, IDDRI experts analyze key events and news based on their research work, which is available on IDDRI’s website.

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Four scenarios for understanding the energy programmes of the Presidential candidates

April 13, 2017

None of the French Presidential candidates have expressed any doubts about the need for energy transition, which involves a deep decarbonization of the French energy system. But there is a significant difference in the solutions envisaged to achieve this transition, particularly in relation to two points: the intensity of the action needed to control the […]

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“The world is not one big slum”: courses of action to support autonomous urbanisation

March 29, 2017

The spectre of the “worst of all possible worlds” or of the “slumification of the planet” described by M. Davis[1] conveys an apocalyptic representation of the future for developing cities. This shortcut is nevertheless dangerous, since it obscures the diverse reality of unplanned urban forms: precarious, unsanitary slums, unauthorised peri-urban settlements, or self-built and serviced […]

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Ensuring the sustainability of Sino-French third-country cooperation: the case of Morocco

March 9, 2017

During the Fourth High Level Dialogue on Finance and Economy between France and China (held in Paris on November 14, 2016), the Sino-French Fund for Third Country Cooperation was established, with a total amount of up to €2 billion being injected in the institution (CDC International Capital and China Investment Corporation each injected €150 million). Through this Fund, […]

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