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From 'Crowding out to Crowding in': Towards an Institutional Analysis of Adaptation Funds

"Quantifying the cost of funding adaptation to climate change (‘adaptation finance’) is difficult. There is a broad range of estimates, with the UN suggesting an annual requirement of $49–171 billion by 2030. The issue becomes more complicated when…

The Way Forward for the WTO: Reforming the Decision-Making Process

" The World Trade Organization is in a state of flux. This stems largely from the Doha Round impasse and the failure of the main protagonists to reach agreement. However, it is also the effect of a changing global political economy. With the rise of…

Conversations with Ahtisaari

"Conversations with Ahtisaari is a small tribute to a great mediator, Martti Ahtisaari, and his steadfast commitment to peace throughout the world. From Namibia to Kosovo, the 2008 Nobel Peace Laureate and former president of Finland has played an i…

Old Problems, New Solutions: Harnessing Technology and Innovation in the Fight against Global Poverty

"This document comprises several policy briefs 1)The Innovation Revolution and its Implications for Development – the authors explore how technology-driven innovations in finance, management and accountability can catalyze scaled up development inte…

Eco Labelling : Overview and Implications for Developing Countries

"This policy brief aims to provide a brief introduction to eco-labelling and some of the implications that the presence of eco-labels may have on developing countries. Eco-labelling by implication links environmental with trade and market access is…

Improving the Measurement of Food Security

"Although food security measurement has been substantially expanded in recent decades, there persists significant dissatisfaction with existing measurement systems, especially in the wake of the global food and financial crisis. In this paper we fir…

Sustainable Development Policies and Measures and International Climate Agreements

"This chapter has outlined several ideas and parameters for formalizing SD-PAMs in the context of the broader evolution of the climate change regime. A number of elements are likely to required, including definition of eligible types of SD-PAMs, as…

Understanding the Interface between LCDs, NAMAs and Mitigation Actions

"The expert discussion in this Briefing has identified issues and questions for future research by considering the concepts and their interface from the domestic perspective of a developing country. MAPS will explore some of these further through a…

Econ Lab Workshop

"The objective of this thought exercise was for researchers and modellers from these developing countries to consider the wide range of models that are available to them. They discussed how different models can be brought together to produce more …

Mitigation Action, NAMAs and Low Carbon Development Strategies: Building a Common Understanding

"In order to implement effective mitigation actions, one needs to have a common understanding of what they are, and how they can be supported by domestic and international policy. Hence a set of working definitions is helpful. To date there is no br…

Marginal Abatement Cost Curves Mitigation Decision Tools

"The rapidly increasing greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) in the world have been proven to contribute to climate change, with dramatic harmful consequences to human communities and many non human animal and plant species. This has led policy makers in …

Equitable Access to Sustainable Development in a Carbon Constrained World

"This brief outlines a range of principles and criteria to ensure equitable access to sustainable development in the face of global climate change. Based on work by experts from Brazil, South Africa, India and China (BASIC countries) as a contr…

Supporting International Climate Negotiators: Lessons from CDKN

"A global climate deal that reflects the interests of the poorest and most climate vulnerable countries is possible only if climate change negotiators from these countries take part in international climate negotiations. A limited number of other pr…

Drivers and Challenges for Climate Compatible Development

"What does it take to design and deliver CCD? Policies and institutions for CCD are always part of a larger policy landscape; they are subject to numerous external drivers and influences. As the CDKN guide to green growth, it is important for planne…

Technology Diffusion through Intellectual Property Rights: Innovating to Combat Climate Change

"The technological revolution required by climate action, aimed at mitigating the impact of climate change, can be achieved by existing technology, but would benefit immensely from continued innovation to lower costs. Such a revolution will enable d…

State visits as a tool of economic diplomacy: Bandwagon or business sense?

"Economic diplomacy has become a priority for South Africa’s foreign policy with the specific objectives of improving market access and trade with bilateral partners, increasing foreign direct investment, positioning South Africa as a preferred tou…

The New International Economic Order (NIEO): A Review

"It is now over a decade since the idea of a New International Economic Order (NIEO) has been proposed and gained considerable recognition in the international community. It was an idea which in all its dimensions, embody prescriptions for the vario…

Towards a Framework of Principles for the G20: Assessing the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung 'Guidelines'

" A rapidly changing world needs a navigational system if it is not to founder on the rocks of high finance. The G20 ‘ship’ currently lacks such direction and risks becoming irrelevant at the time of greatest need for it. One option, albeit one that…

The Commonwealth Structure of International Relations

"Dr. Fryer has, in this lecture, placed the Commonwealth in perspective by showing how it takes its place in the interdependency of states which is a principle of national survival in our time. This interdependency of national states has led to the…

What future for the WTO in a changing International order?

In and around the World Trade Organization (WTO), a pea-soup fog of details and techniques obscures a wider view, a strategic sense of how the international trading system is poised and where it is heading. The cross-border integration of markets an…

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