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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Bauer, Steffen / Silke Weinlich (2015)
The Current Column, 19 January 2015
Today, diplomats in New York kick off negotiations on a new universal agenda for sustainable development that is to be finalized in September this year. The envisaged set of new sustainable development goals (SDGs) for the post-2015 agenda will be at the heart of the foreseeable wrangling and haggling.
Scholz, Imme (2015)
The Current Column, 12 January 2015
This year's most ambitious development-policy project involves pushing ahead with a new universal agenda for sustainable development that commits all countries to working together for the good of current and future generations at national and global level. Is a project such as this even possible?
Mallavarapu, Siddharth (2014)
The Current Column, 17 December 2014
There is much to commend in the recent Charter for the Future (Zukunftscharta) presented to the German public and to German Chancellor Angela Merkel by the German Development Minister. But, one should ask under what conditions are these goals attainable, do they obscure issues of vast power differentials in their manner of their benign framing and do they invoke the universal to momentarily conceal more limited geopolitical visions.
Bauer, Steffen / Danuta Sacher (2014)
The Current Column, 10 December 2014
To mark the 25th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, we are dedicating this year's Human Rights Day, annually commemorated on 10 December, to the children and young people of the world. In today's discussions of key future issues, only a few players in the field of development policy have committed to explicitly taking the rights of children and young people into account,
Scholz, Imme (2014)
The Current Column, 02 December 2014
In the year 2015, there will be two political processes that are fundamental with regard to sustainability policy in Germany: The further development of the German Strategy for Sustainable Development (SNE) and the adoption of the post-2015 Agenda by the United Nations (UN).The Charter for the Future – presented last week by the German Development Minister, Gerd Müller – is an important element in these processes.
Berger, Axel (2014)
The Current Column, 01 December 2014
The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), which the United States and the European Union (EU) have been negotiating since last summer, is currently the subject of heated debate.So, it is time for us to start to consider what impact its failure would have.