China’s G20 Emergence(y)?

September 13, 2016

The sustainable development agenda for the next decade and a half has been clearly outlined by the Paris Agreement and the SDGs: a transformation towards more sustainable and fairer economies. The Chinese G20 Presidency has helped to put sustainable development more firmly at the top of global governance but the route towards more concrete action […]

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Opening of COP21: what can we expect from world leaders?

November 29, 2015

The Paris Climate Conference (COP21) opens tomorrow. After the tragic events of Friday the 13th of November, Paris and indeed the world seem like more fragile places. The task—and opportunity—of COP21 is to show that this need not be the case; that dialogue and cooperation can allow the international community, painstakingly like but ultimately positively, to […]

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Laying the basis in the Paris Agreement for an effective mechanism for regular rounds of new contributions and collective action

November 20, 2015

The Paris negotiations aim at adopting a new universal, legal agreement, with precise mitigation undertakings by all countries, and strengthened cooperation on adaptation, finance and technology. At the time of writing, 161 countries had submitted their intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs) covering about 91% of global emissions. This already represents a huge success. However, multiple studies […]

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