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October 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 […]

October 2020 The UN Sustainable Development Goals Summit and the Climate Action Summit, New York, 23-25 September 2019 Elisabeth Hege, David Levaï

Key Findings The United Nations (UN) High Level Political Forum (HLPF) in 24-25 September 2019 is a one-and-a-halfday event that for the first time since the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) takes place under the auspices of the UN General Assembly (GA). This special event, called the SDG Summit, will be a litmus […]

October 2020 Getting on to the right (emissions) path: an adequacy assessment framework and its application within the EU Nicolas Berghmans, Marta Torres Gunfaus, Henri Waisman, COP21 RIPPLES …

Key Messages We are not on track to meet the Paris Agreement mitigation goals: the challenge is to better understand the nature of this gap and to feed political discussions at all relevant levels and across these different levels on how to address it. Studies on general abatement potentials or theoretical economic assessments have played […]

October 2020 High-seas fish biodiversity is slipping through the governance net Guillermo Ortu…, Daniel C. Dunn, Matthew Gianni, Kristina Gjerde, Glen Wright, Patrick Halpin

Citation Guillermo Ortuño Crespo, Daniel C. Dunn, Matthew Gianni, Kristina Gjerde, Glen Wright & Patrick N. Halpin  Abstract States at the United Nations have begun negotiating a new treaty to strengthen the legal regime for marine biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction. Failure to ensure the full scope of fish biodiversity is covered could result […]

October 2020 Greening the Belt and Road Initiative: recent advances in assessing the scale of the challenge, the obstacles and the tools for action Sébastien Treyer

A few studies already highlighted the fossil energy intensity of Chinese foreign investment Until recently, transparency on the environmental impact of the BRI, in particular in terms of the decarbonisation of the economy in host countries, relied on a small number of American research centres.1 A study by the World Resources Institute (WRI) published in […]

October 2020 Can the Green Deal be the core of the EU’s project for its external partnerships? Elisabeth Hege

“The European Green Deal is both the EU’s new growth strategy and a plan to make Europe the world’s first climate-neutral continent by 2050.”1 It is first and foremost a domestic agenda of structural transformation but it also states that all EU actions and policies should support the objectives of the Green Deal. What does […]

October 2020 Revising the ‘host country standard’ principle: a step for China to align its overseas investment with the Paris Agreement Tancrède Voituriez, Wang Yao, Mathias Lund Larsen

Key policy insights Chinese development banks lend, give or invest between US$ 38 billion and US$ 45 billion every year to developing countries, without either elaborating on, or integrating, the provisions of the Paris Agreement into their investment strategy. Regulations and safeguards are much more stringent for China’s domestic investment than for China’s overseas investment, […]

October 2020 Un Agenda de l’action pour la biodiversité : attentes et enjeux à court et moyen termes Aleksandar Rankovic, Sandrine Malje…, Matthieu Wemaëre, Yann Laurans

Messages clés Loin d’être accessoire, l’Agenda de l’action pour la biodiversité remplit des fonctions stratégiques fondamentales pour stimuler une dynamique politique positive avant la COP 15 et permettre d’aboutir à un accord ambitieux à Kunming en 2020. Il y a donc urgence à vitaliser l’Agenda de l’action dès maintenant.   Cela requiert, à court terme […]

October 2020 Quelle gouvernance mondiale pour mieux lutter contre les pandémies zoonotiques ? Lucien Chabason

Extrait Les initiatives concernant l’état des lieux des connaissances scientifiques et de la gouvernance sont de la compétence des pays. L’UE ou le G20 pourraient être les initiateurs de projets de recommandations destinées respectivement à enclencher l’évaluation scientifique et la gouvernance internationale. Dans l’attente de ces évaluations, les aspects juridiques et de gouvernance pourraient d’ores […]

October 2020 La COP 14 sur la désertification : un agenda des terres qui avance au service du climat, de la biodiversité et des populations Marie-Hélène Schwoob

Les objets de négociation de la CNULCD, née lors du Sommet de la Terre en 1992 aux côtés de la Convention-cadre des Nations unies sur les changements climatiques (CCNUCC) et de la Convention pour la diversité biologique (CBD), sont susceptibles d’affecter près de la moitié des surfaces terrestres et de la population mondiale. La désertification […]