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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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?
Financing plays a key role in the realisation of the objectives of the 2030 agenda for sustainable development. Will additional and new sources of financing fundamentally alter the financial structure in developing countries and what effects will this have on financial stability?
Hoch, Stephan / Britta Horstmann / Axel Michaelowa / Jonas Hein (2015)
The alignment of the climate protecition and sustainable development is the main goal of the UNFCCC. Climate finance under the UNFCCC should lead by example to avoid that local communities face both the impacts of climate change and of climate policies.
While the upcoming UN climate summit in Paris is a crucial moment to sign a new global deal on climate, the real homework will only begin afterwards. The EU should lead by example. Five building blocks are of particular importance.
Impact investing intends to finance projects, organisations and social enterprises to intentionally create a measurable social or environmental impact alongside a financial return. Their advocates see impact bonds as a useful instrument for financing the 2030 agenda, but many challenges remain.
Brandi, Clara / Dominique Bruhn / Nannette Lindenberg (2015)
Decarbonisation depends not only on the international climate regime, but also on global economic governance. The 3 most important areas of action are the pricing of carbon, the regulatory framework for international trade and investment and the configuration of financial markets.
Putsches cause international actors to push for military withdrawal. Achieving this requires more than sanctions – designating parts of the military as cooperation partners, addressing structural challenges within the country and selecting context-appropriate tools to do so are also essential steps.
This briefing paper argues that civil wars ending through military victory do not necessarily provide the better chances for sustainable domestic peace. Peace negotiations, demobilization, addressing underlying grievances and building local trust can all be key to overcome legacies of violence.
Clara Brandi / Axel Berger / Dominique Bruhn (2015)
Multilateral co-operation has come up against its limits in recent years. Minilateral or plurilateral pioneer alliances can lend new impetus to international trade and climate policy, however, they should augment and support the multilateral process rather than replace it.
Berensmann, Kathrin / Axel Berger / Clara Brandi (2015)
Whilst the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development does more to address global economic governance issues than the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) fail to address key global economic challenges in the areas of trade and international finance.