Briefing Paper (in German: Analysen und Stellungnahmen) are always four pages long and discuss ongoing and controversial issues in international relations. By including recommendations, the series primarily aims at policy makers, practitioners, and representatives of the (professional) media industry. Besides, the series is also open to everyone interested in developmental issues.
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Baumann, Max-Otto / Silke Weinlich (2018)
Briefing Paper 13/2018
Can the United Nations Development System become a forceful player for realizing the 2030 Agenda? In May 2018, states set the course for reforms. While these have shortcomings, they provide a good starting point for a more effective and efficient system. Vigorous follow-up is needed.
Carey, Sabine C. / Neil J. Mitchell (2016)
Briefing Paper 4/2016
Governments often use irregular armed groups to avoid accountability for human rights abuses when targeting a domestic opponent. As this increases the risk of atrocities, the international community must ensure governments are held accountable for violence committed by their informal agents, too.
What is lost when climate impacts render places uninhabitable, change them beyond recognition? Such questions are addressed under the concept of non-economic loss and damage (NELD). It has emerged in the climate negotiations and requires systematic research integration for effective policy-making.
With the 2030 Agenda on one hand, and unchecked fragmentation on the other, the need for an executive authority, discussed for decades, has become acute. The paper argues that it can be build from exisiting structures, mechanisms, and resources by separating the coordination function from UNDP.
In New York, member states are engaging in a dialogue on the reform of the UN Development System. What are the contentious issues, and how could a reform which makes the UN "fit for purpose" and also works towards overcoming the North-South polarisation within the UN system be structured?