Global Governance

The initiative aims to inform the international debates on the global governance of sustainable development and development assistance.

The main issues addressed will particularly concern:

  • prospects for changes in the global economic and financial governance framework, based particularly on the analysis of needs and financing capacities in developing countries in general and emerging countries in particular;
  • the conditions under which development assistance policies are coordinated within a context marked by the arrival of new actors (new donor countries, private funds, global funds) and by a certain kind of re-politicisation of bilateral aid policies;
  • the interactions between the different facets of global governance, especially the growing linkages between objectives concerning climate commitments, trade liberalisation negotiations and issues relating to intellectual property rights for developed and emerging countries.


Recent publications
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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

The IPCC report on land: what’s at stake? Pierre-Marie Aubert

This report, released to little fanfare during the quiet summer period, analyses the interactions between climate change and the so-called “land sector”, which includes agriculture, forestry, pastoralism1, etc. There are two reasons why this sector is a major climate challenge. On one hand, the land sector is one of the most directly affected by climate […]

In search of the pillars of Kunming. What ambition for the biodiversity COP15 in October 2020? Aleksandar Rankovic

Four main families of topics to renew biodiversity governance COP15 will be a historic milestone in the history of international biodiversity governance. For two decades now, the international community has been setting very ambitious 10-year biodiversity targets (2010 targets set in 2002, 2020 targets set in 2010) and has been held in check. Despite a […]

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Recent events
June 24, 2020 - Africa post-Covid-19: leapfrogging to sustainable, climate-compatible development

A webinar organised by IDDRI and the European Think Tanks Group (ETTG) LIVE  Climate change and the green agenda are top priorities for both the African and the European continent. This has been clearly spelled out in  the EU Comprehensive Strategy with Africa (March 2020) and in the African Union’s Climate Change Strategy (to be […]

June 24, 2020 - Replay: “Webinar Africa post-Covid-19: leapfrogging to sustainable, climate-compatible development”

A webinar organised by IDDRI and the European Think Tanks Group (ETTG) Replay  Climate change and the green agenda are top priorities for both the African and the European continent. This has been clearly spelled out in  the EU Comprehensive Strategy with Africa (March 2020) and in the African Union’s Climate Change Strategy (to be […]

June 24, 2020 - Replay: “Africa post-Covid-19: leapfrogging to sustainable, climate-compatible development”

A webinar organised by IDDRI and the European Think Tanks Group (ETTG) Replay  Climate change and the green agenda are top priorities for both the African and the European continent. This has been clearly spelled out in  the EU Comprehensive Strategy with Africa (March 2020) and in the African Union’s Climate Change Strategy (to be […]

May 19, 2020 - How to develop and finance projects and development strategies “aligned with the 2030 Agenda”?

From 4pm to 5:30pm (Paris Time). Event in French and English, with simultaneous translation. REGISTER ON ZOOM If you can’t login to Zoom, this event will also be streamed live on this page and on YouTube, where you will also be able to ask questions. This event is part of a series of webinars “Financing […]

January 15, 2020 - Strasbourg A shared commitment in global environmental issues

Sébastien Treyer participates at the 4th panel of the conference “Strengthening the cooperation in an uncertain international order – Japan and the European Union as strategic partners”.  The conference is organised by Sciences Po Strasbourg. Programme 

October 24, 2019 - paris Post-2020 framework for biodiversity and natural capital: what ambitions and tools for companies and territories?

WWF France, in partnership with the French Biodiversity Agency, IDDRI, the French Platform of the Business and Biodiversity Initiative and the IUCN French Committee organise a conference on the theme of natural capital and post-2020 biodiversity objectives. This event will highlight the issue of natural capital, its links with the post-2020 biodiversity framework, and the tools available to achieve […]

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