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
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 […]

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 […]

The Global Commission on Adaptation: a new political momentum? Lola Vallejo

Climate change poses two challenges to our societies: we should try and mitigate the climate breakdown by reducing our greenhouse gas emissions, while preparing for the inevitable impacts our past emissions will have on climate, our ecosystems, and our societies. While the world cannot claim to have solved either challenge to date, mitigation tends to […]

Entry into force of the African Continental Free Trade Area: what are the political consequences for Africa and the European Union? Tancrède Voituriez

Africa chooses trade with Africa Ever since Adam Smith and David Ricardo (18th and 19th century economists), it has become the norm to classify countries on an axis ranging from protectionism to free trade, according to their commercial openness. The trade doctrine of the African countries, gathered within the African Union (AU), seems to somewhat […]

Defining and achieving a post-2020 ambition: Insights from a conversation in Tokyo Aleksandar Rankovic, Didier Babin

Key messages What could be the post-2020 ambition? A strong focus on sustainable use of biodiversity everywhere and on addressing the drivers of biodiversity loss, accompanied with reinforced area-based measures, strong accountability mechanisms, and concrete commitments of all non-state actors concerned by actual transformative changes.   Strengthening cooperation among the biodiversity-related conventions, between the Rio […]

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 […]

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Recent events
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 […]

October 15, 2019 - Paris Agenda 2030 for sustainable development: a challenge for all, or for no one?

Four years later, the UN Secretary General’s progress report and the Global Sustainable Development Report warn of the delay in achieving the SDGs. At the first SDG Summit at the level of Heads of State held at the end of September within the framework of the United Nations General Assembly, calls for accelerated action were […]

September 30, 2019 - Berlin Marine Regions Forum

September 20, 2019 - Vincennes Biodiversity Platform 2020

COP15 to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) will be held in late 2020 in China (Kunming), and will see the adoption of a new global framework for post-2020 biodiversity governance. This negotiation process is underway and the agenda for discussions ahead of Kunming is already very full and complex. To make it easier for […]

July 10, 2019 - Paris Presentation of the new blended finance programme I&P Education to Employment (IP2E)

Presentation of the feasibility study led by FERDI “Supporting Education in Africa: Opportunities & Challenges for an Impact Investor”

July 4, 2019 - Paris DIAL Conference on Development Economics, 2019

Joël Cariolle (FERDI) will present his paper “Telecommunications Submarine Cable deployment and the Digital Divide in Sub-Saharan Africa”

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