Every Monday, the German Institute of Development and Sustainability (IDOS) 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 (2015)
The Current Column, 29 June 2015
25 June 2015. Less than three weeks have passed since the G7 leaders explicitly committed to the "decarbonisation of the global economy" at Schloss Elmau. Once again, Angela Merkel was lauded as the Climate Chancellor. Yet the word from Germany's Economics Ministry is that the envisaged climate levy for coal-fired power plants has been scrapped. If this is true, it would only underscore the fact that decarbonisation is no mean feat.
Schäfer, Isabel (2015)
The Current Column, 08 June 2015
The transit states in North Africa are facing pressure on several different fronts, whether socio-economic crises, political conflicts, transit migration from sub-Saharan Africa or the externalisation of EU migration control.
Mroß, Karina (2015)
The Current Column, 29 May 2015
Bonn, 1 June 2015. Some 100,000 refugees, at least 20 people dead, a failed coup attempt and parliamentary elections postponed – as so often, it is not a good sign when a small, geopolitically insignificant country appears in German newspapers. So far hailed as a success story of post-conflict peacebuilding, the picture Burundi currently presents does not bode well.
Pauw, Pieter / Kennedy Mbeva (2015)
The Current Column, 26 May 2015
Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) were born with a big bang at the UN climate negotiations in 2013. Friends and foes soon considered them instrumental to reach a global climate agreement in Paris in December 2015. The INDCs break new ground because they are universal: all countries will formulate contributions to address climate change, not just the industrialised countries. INDCs are the talk of the day at climate workshops and conferences, and expectations are huge. Yet, this might all prove to be empty talk and hope in vain, unless some critical issues are going to be solved in the coming months.
Richerzhagen, Carmen (2015)
The Current Column, 22 May 2015
The year 2015 offers a unique opportunity to pool and reinvigorate global efforts to conserve biodiversity. This year sees the negotiation of new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) within the United Nations. One of the SDGs is expected to address the conservation of biodiversity, an issue which is currently discussed primarily in environmental forums, most notably in the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). Such limited discussion fails to do justice to the significance of biodiversity and to ensure that sufficient investment is made in its conservation.
Messner, Dirk / Imme Scholz (2015)
The Current Column, 20 May 2015
The EU's Foreign and Defense Ministers have met in Brussels on Monday. One point on their long agenda was the strategic review of the EU's security environment and the challenges and opportunities arising for the EU.
Hackenesch, Christine / Julia Leininger (2015)
The Current Column, 05 May 2015
What can and should Europe do in response to increasing numbers of refugees, thousands of whom are dying in the Mediterranean? German Development Minister Gerd Müller is calling for an additional 10 billion Euro to tackle the issues causing people to flee their countries of origin. By contrast, in his article 'No aid funding for corrupt kleptocrats', published at ZEIT Online, Theo Sommer argues that providing additional development aid would do little to solve the refugee crisis, as it would most likely fall into the hands of corrupt politicians in developing countries.
Klingebiel, Stephan (2015)
The Current Column, 28 April 2015
Thousands of people are currently fleeing the central African state of Burundi on a daily basis. The upcoming parliamentary and presidential elections, on 26 May and 26 June respectively, have the potential to spark major conflict in a nation which, is already one of the poorest in the world.