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 light of the looming October 2016 deadline for the ratification of Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs), we consider their mixed record in facilitating regional integration and cooperation in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific.
Fiedler, Charlotte / Karina Mroß / Jörn Grävingholt (2016)
Most violent conflicts today are recurrences of previous wars, disclosing the significant challenge building sustainable peace poses. Analyzing research on post-conflict peace support, this briefing paper reports which types of external engagement are known to be effective and which ones are not.
The G20 should assume a more proactive role with regard to the future of the world trading system.A reform is needed in light of the growing fragmentation of the system and the 2030 Agenda, which calls for sustainability to be the core principle of global cooperation.
Eight years after its formation, the Group of 20 (G20) has consolidated its status as the power centre of global economic governance. In light of pressing challenges G20 leaders need to act as guardians of global well-being by supporting implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
“Our struggle for global sustainability will be lost or won in cities”, said Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary General of the United Nations, in April 2012. However, the Agenda 2030 does not sufficiently accommodate the key role of cities and urban governance for global development pathways.
Behavioural insights should enhance energy efficiency interventions in informal settlements, where over two billion people will live by 2022. The stresses of poverty reduce cognitive capacity, necessitating behavioural informed approaches to increase energy efficiency uptake and related co-benefits.
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development puts the interdependence of domestic and external policy-making center stage. It reflects core European values and interests. The EU Global Strategy and the revised EU 2020 Strategy should become umbrella strategies for domestic and external implementation.
EU development policy at a crossroads? After more than ten years, the European Consensus for Development needs a new direction, and all the signs are pointing towards an overhaul of EU cooperation policy. This opportunity should be seized upon by the Commission and reform-minded member-states.
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.