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October 2020 An Action Agenda for biodiversity: Expectations and issues in the short and medium terms Aleksandar Rankovic, Sandrine Malje…, Matthieu Wemaëre, Yann Laurans

Key Messages The Action Agenda is by no means anecdotal. It fulfils fundamental strategic functions to stimulate a positive political momentum prior to COP15, and to help achieve an ambitious agreement in Kunming in 2020. There is therefore an urgent need to energise the Action Agenda as soon as possible.   In the short term […]

October 2020 Assessing vulnerabilities to climate change from the local to the global level. Comparing approaches Michaël Goujon, Alexandre K. Magnan

Therefore, adaptation to climate change now appears to be as important and urgent as strategies aimed at limiting greenhouse gas emissions; as endorsed by the Paris Agreement itself at the global level (Magnan et Ribera, 2016). Anticipating the effects of climate change is no longer one option among many but a necessary condition to ensure […]

October 2020 What type of global governance could improve the fight against zoonotic pandemics? Lucien Chabason

Extract Initiatives concerning the review of scientific knowledge and governance are the responsibility of countries. The EU or the G20 could be the initiators of draft recommendations aimed respectively at triggering scientific assessments and international governance. Pending these assessments, the legal and governance aspects according to the options proposed above, or others to be discussed, could […]

October 2020 Can the Belt and Road Initiative reinforce the multilateral agenda for sustainable development? Sébastien Treyer, Aleksandar Rankovic

Launched in 2013 to guide China’s foreign policy and to affirm its global role, the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) aims to improve global connectivity (terrestrial, maritime and digital infrastructure, and also the coordination of policies, financial flows, innovation, and of cultural and academic exchanges), with the objective of ushering in a new phase of […]

October 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, […]

October 2020 The first four years of SDG implementation: restoring the backbone of the 2030 Agenda Damien Barchiche, Elisabeth Hege

The declaration adopted at the end of the SDG Summit states the objective of “Gearing up for a decade of action and delivery for sustainable development”. This is a good intention and also an acknowledgement of failure. Since its adoption in 2015, an increasing number of references have been made to Agenda 2030 by international […]

October 2020 What international policy initiatives for the prevention of infectious diseases of zoonotic origin? Yann Laurans, Aleksandar Rankovic, Lucien Chabason, Damien Barchiche, Khalil Elouardighi, Sébastien Treyer

Extract Responding to this challenge implies, on the one hand, envisaging a certain reorganisation of international action and, on the other hand, dealing with the preservation of biodiversity and animal health on an equal footing with health issues, which must in particular question the consumption and production of animal products on a planetary scale. The […]

October 2020 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: A first assessment and conditions for success Elisabeth Hege, Damien Barchiche, Julien Rochette, Lucien Chabason, Pierre Barthélemy

Key Messages Four years after its adoption, more and more references are being made to the 2030 Agenda by international organisations, governments, the private sector and non-state actors, but they rarely question practices, nor do they initiate a transformative project.   Governments are not doing enough to implement the 2030 Agenda. Implementation must be accelerated […]

October 2020 Greening trade agreements: A roadmap to narrow the expectations gap Tancrède Voituriez, Yann Laurans

Key Messages Last European elections and the emphasis placed by the new European Commission on the Green Deal make it difficult for the European Commission to sign a FTA, which would not explicitly improve signatory countries’ climate and environmental performance.    Against this backdrop, we argue that the poor environmental performance of EU FTAs lies […]

October 2020 The EU-Mercosur agreement: how can we break the deadlock between advocates of trade and environmentalists? Tancrède Voituriez

Secret negotiations On June 29, 2019, the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, welcomed the previous day’s signing of a “historic” agreement between the EU and the four Mercosur countries (Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay). While the full text of the agreement has not been finalised, a single document is currently available for the […]