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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This briefing paper explores international commitment to achieving universal access to modern energy services by 2030. It highlights the need to move beyond equating energy access with grid connection and consider the wider context and constraints within which energy access initiatives are pursued.
On 27 February the European Commission presented a proposal for a joint European Union position for a post-2015 framework on global development. This Briefing Paper analyses the EU's engagement in three past international negotiations and presents five lessons learned.
Furness, Mark / Heiner Janus / Stephan Klingebiel (2013)
The post-2015 global development framework provides an opportunity to reconsider the European Union’s potential role as a global actor for the coming decades. The EU should aspire to fulfil a post-2015 role that goes beyond traditional development assistance.
The issue of how to frame EU development policy with middle-income countries (MICs) is an unresolved debate at the EU level. This paper examines the differentiation debate and argues for a strategic EU approach to respond to changing patterns of poverty and global development challenges.
A multilateral investment agreement is not the right instrument to for solving the deficiencies of the current international investment regime. Instead, negotiations on the regional level are more promising, but need an accompanying coordination process on the global level.