Every Monday, the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) comments on the latest issues and trends of international development policy by its Current Column. The column is intended for politically interested readers who want to get a brief overview on the state of German and international development policy.
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Brandi, Clara / Dominique Bruhn / Nannette Lindenberg (2015)
The Current Column, 23 November 2015
Bonn, 23 November 2015. In just a few days’ time, the world will be looking to the UN Climate Change Conference, where an ambitious agreement is set to be concluded with a view to protecting the world from a dangerous temperature increase and to preparing for and responding to the effects of climate change.
Fues, Thomas / Maike Saltzmann (2015)
The Current Column, 08 December 2015
Bonn, 7 December 2015. On 1 December, China has taken over the presidency of the group of the twenty leading industrial and emerging countries (G20). In spite of its impressive economic success, the country continues to regard itself as a developing nation and its government intends to place particular emphasis on the interests of all developing countries. Following up on China’s leadership, Germany can use its chair of the G20 in 2017 to promote implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Fues, Thomas (2016)
The Current Column, 11 April 2016
Rising powers in the South, are now ready to play a pro-active part in collective action on the Sustainable Development Goals, the Financing for Development Addis Agenda and the Paris Agreement on climate change.
Messner, Dirk / Uwe Schneidewind (2016)
The Current Column, 26 February 2016
Letzte Woche präsentierte die Expertenkommission für Forschung und Innovation (EFI) ihr Jahresgutachten zur „Forschung, Innovation und technologischer Leistungsfähigkeit Deutschlands". Einen besonderen Schwerpunkt legt die EFI darin auf „Soziale Innovationen“ und damit auf ein zentrales Thema gesellschaftlicher Entwicklung. Das klingt viel-versprechend – doch der Report enttäuscht.
Mathis, Okka Lou / Benjamin Schraven (2015)
The Current Column, 11 December 2015
The refugee crisis is this year’s central issue and one that we are likely to be dealing with for a long time to come. We are already receiving some very vocal warnings that the current refugee crisis is just a foretaste of larger and unbroken streams of “climate refugees” that could descend on Europe in future as climate change continues.
Scheumann, Waltina (2016)
The Current Column, 19 January 2016
18 January 2016. The energy crisis in Zambia has hit the country hard. The power cuts – from between eight and sixteen hours per day – are down to climate change. There is no doubt about it: Zambia is experiencing a period of drought, along with other sub-Saharan countries. However, Zambia has the potential to secure power supplies and take precautionary measures. Political action is required here.
Messner, Dirk / Imme Scholz (2015)
The Current Column, 20 May 2015
The EU's Foreign and Defense Ministers have met in Brussels on Monday. One point on their long agenda was the strategic review of the EU's security environment and the challenges and opportunities arising for the EU.
Richerzhagen, Carmen (2015)
The Current Column, 22 May 2015
The year 2015 offers a unique opportunity to pool and reinvigorate global efforts to conserve biodiversity. This year sees the negotiation of new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) within the United Nations. One of the SDGs is expected to address the conservation of biodiversity, an issue which is currently discussed primarily in environmental forums, most notably in the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). Such limited discussion fails to do justice to the significance of biodiversity and to ensure that sufficient investment is made in its conservation.