“Creating a shared future in a fractured world”: what response from Europe?

January 23, 2018

The annual meeting of the World Economic Forum opens in Davos (Switzerland) on January, 23. Entitled “Creating a shared future in a fractured world”, it raises a fundamental question with this issue. How should this question be answered, especially by the European Union, the spearhead of a project for equitable and sustainable globalisation, but which […]

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Globalisation: what project for Europe?

February 2, 2017

Today, globalisation is a disputed political project. Growing inequalities, the situation of “losers” and the “downwardly mobile”, and the lack of transparency in negotiations all cast doubt on the capacity of international trade to contribute to progress. Governments need to answer a question that is both simple and complex: what is the point of globalisation?

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Mobilizing long-term private capital: debating the case of green bonds

June 2, 2016

The investment needs for deep decarbonization (compatible with the below 2°C target the international community committed to) are estimated to several trillions per year. In a context of stringent public budget constraint and low cost of borrowing in capital markets, much of the discussion on the financing of deep decarbonization now focuses on ways to […]

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The SDGs: unlocking their potential at the European level

May 12, 2016

Agenda 2030  is a real global policy project on sustainable development. However, the reporting exercise designed by the United Nations will not be enough to ensure its effective implementation. One key to its success lies in the capacity of the targets to generate policy decisions that are conducive to sustainable development. But how exactly? How […]

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Why SDGs should become a crucial issue of national policy debates

April 28, 2016

The appropriation of the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) by policy makers is still very variable, and even rudimentary in the developed countries, compared to that of the commitments made during COP21. However, the SDGs do not concern only the countries of the South; they address issues that are also critical in Europe (income inequalities, global […]

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Development and climate: towards a convergent approach

September 21, 2015

On 2 August this year, after seven months of negotiations, the 193 Member States of the United Nations reached an agreement on the “Post-2015 Development Agenda”. This agenda will be formally adopted by the heads of state and government during a high-level UN summit on 25 September in New York. The text of the agreement, […]

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