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March 2020 A key challenge for the European elections: Europe’s commitment to global environmental protection and to sustainable development Lucien Chabason

A virtuous Europe, internationally and internally… According to the Global Energy and CO2 Status Report Global Energy and CO2 Status Report published by the International Energy Agency (IEA) last week, global primary energy consumption increased by 2.6% in 2018, i.e. double the average of the previous eight years, an increase that has essentially been met […]

March 2020 Agroecology and carbon neutrality in Europe by 2050: what are the issues? Pierre-Marie Aubert, Marie-Hélène Schwoob, Xavier Poux

Key Messages The TYFA scenario is based on the generalisation of organic farming (abandoning synthetic pesticides and fertilizers), the extension of agroecological infrastructures and the adoption of healthy diets, to feed 530 million Europeans by 2050 (despite a 35% drop in production). It leads to a 40% reduction in GHG emissions (35% for direct non-CO2 […]

March 2020 What to expect from the first SDG Summit? Elisabeth Hege, Damien Barchiche

Are the SDGs delivering on their initial promises? The world is not on track to achieve the SDGs. Although the extreme poverty rate continues to fall, this positive trend has slowed down. At its current rate, 6% of the world population will live in extreme poverty in 2030, missing the eradication of poverty target.1 In the […]

March 2020 European Union: Five years to deliver the Green Deal Lola Vallejo, Nicolas Berghmans

The political guidelines for the new Commission (2019-2024), proposed by Ursual von der Leyen highlights (six)1 key political fields. Among them, the first one is to build a European Green Deal for a climate-neutral2 EU in her first 100 days in office that is further elaborated in the mission letter to Frans Timmermans. At its […]

March 2020 A shock that shakes our certainties about the resilience of our societies: what international responses? Sébastien Treyer, Nicolas Berghmans

Do we need a new social contract? In Asia, the countries that seem to have coped best with the crisis are those that have already experienced this moral imperative in depth in previous health crises. But in tomorrow’s world, where such crises are likely to be recurrent, the fact that some of the best-resourced countries […]

March 2020 What is the 2019 agenda for biodiversity? Yann Laurans, Aleksandar Rankovic

Opening negotiations on the post-2020 biodiversity framework The year 2019 is crucial for the preparation and mobilisation of the “Global Post-2020 Biodiversity Framework”, the current name of the replacement for the Strategic Plan 2011-2020 and its Aichi Targets, adopted in 2010 in Nagoya (Japan). Since January, a series of “regional consultations” have been and will […]

March 2020 Agroecology and carbon neutrality: what are the issues? Pierre-Marie Aubert, Marie-Hélène Schwoob, Xavier Poux

Key Messages The TYFA scenario is based on the generalisation of organic farming (abandoning synthetic pesticides and fertilizers), the extension of agroecological infrastructures and the adoption of healthy diets, to feed 530 million Europeans by 2050 (despite a 35% drop in production). It leads to a 40% reduction in GHG emissions (35% for direct non-CO2 […]

March 2020 A protected status for the Amazon? Lucien Chabason

Almost 30 years on, this recalls the debate on the draft convention on forests driven by the United Kingdom and Germany at the initiative of the G7 ahead of the 1992 Rio Conference, and opposed at the time by Malaysia and India in the name of the “Group of 77 and China”. The project failed, […]

March 2020 The New York Summits: a complex but essential political momentum Sébastien Treyer

Each component of this series is essential for the others. And it is this coherency that will maintain the political message of these negotiations: each country must design its own development model transformation pathway to simultaneously achieve all of the objectives (climate, biodiversity, inequality reduction…) but given the scale of the challenges in all of […]

March 2020 Regional Ocean Governance of Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction Glen Wright, Julien Rochette

Extract Ongoing initiatives aiming to strengthen governance of ABNJ through cooperation at the regional level include: The “Collective Arrangement for the North-East Atlantic” The Sargasso Sea Commission The Pelagos Sanctuary for Mediterranean Marine Mammals The Antarctic Treaty System (ATS) Cooperation through Regional Fisheries Management Organisations Read the Spanish version