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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…

United Nations Conference on the Law of the Sea

“The “classical” Law of the Sea, as it is sometimes called, is laid down in the four Geneva Conventions of 1958 which provide a regime for the Territorial Sea and Contiguous Zone; for the High Seas; for the Continental Shelf; and for Fisheries and t…

Agriculture and Health Addressing the Vital Links

"Good health and productive agriculture—both essential in the fight against poverty—are interlinked, as good health requires productive agriculture and productive agriculture requires healthy people. Consideration of these linkages throughout the po…

Lessons on Scaling Up: Opportunities and Challenges for the Future

"Agriculture and rural development are essential components of economic growth and the battle against poverty, hunger, and malnutrition worldwide. In the developing world, investment in agriculture was much neglected in recent decades by governments…

Going to Scale in Fragile States: Can It Work? Should We Try?

"The term fragile state is used to describe a country whose government struggles to perform some of its most basic functions,due to a lack of either political will or capacity or a combination of the two. In these states one typically observes persi…

Learning from the Experience of Vertical Funds

"Vertical funds are multistakeholder global programs that provide earmarked funding for specified purposes. This brief presents a series of lessons learned from vertical fund experiences that are applicable to scaling up in agriculture and rural de…

Investing in Agriculture to Reduce Poverty and Hunger

"There is clear evidence that where agriculture contributes a significant portion of gross domestic product, rapid agricultural growth is an effective tool for generating overall economic growth and reducing poverty. There is also good evidence abou…

Climate Finance: Challenges and Responses

"Embarking on a climate compatible development pathway now has a price tag. The cost of tackling climate change in developing countries could reach some hundreds of billions of dollars annually over the coming decades. Low-emission and climate-resil…

Towards the Fifth Review of the UNFCCC’s Financial Mechanism

"Financial support for mitigation and adaptation actions in developing countries is at the core of the climate negotiations under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). This is due to the legal obligations created by the Convention …

Is REDD+ an Opportunity to Support Climate Compatible Development in Developing Countries?

"Reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation, and enhancing forest carbon stocks in developing countries(REDD+) plays a vital part in global efforts to tackle climate change. This has generated interest among the international community a…

Defining Climate Compatible Development

"Climate compatible development is development that minimises the harm caused by climate impacts, while maximising the many human development opportunities presented by a low emissions, more resilient, future. Climate change and responses to it are …

How to Build Consensus in Climate Change Negotiations

"This policy brief is the result of an event convened by CDKN and PwC in October 2012 at which leading thinkers presented their ideas for increasing the collective global ambition for climate action. The event and this paper are outputs of CDKN's In…

Managing Climate Extremes and Disasters in the Agriculture Sector: Lessons from the IPCC SREX Report

"This thematic brief summarises the key findings of the report relevant to the agricultural sector. The agricultural sector is amongst those sectors most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change and weather extremes, not least because of its depe…

Managing Climate Extremes and Disasters for Ecosystems: Lessons from the IPCC SREX report

"Good ecosystems management is critical for managing climate extremes and disasters. It plays three positive roles: delivery of ecosystem-based adaptation; delivery of co-benefits for livelihoods and biodiversity conservation; and support for cl…

Green Growth: Implications for Development Planning

"Leaders have been rethinking their growth and development strategies since 2008 in response to the twin challenges of a global economic downturn and increasing environmental degradation. Policy makers and economic planners are always looking for n…

Differentiated Mitigation Commitments in a New Climate Agreement

"In 2011, at the 17th Conference of Parties (COP 17) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change(UNFCCC) in Durban, South Africa, the international community agreed to negotiate a new climate agreement, to enter into force in 2020. Negotiations…

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