Does the G20 Still Matter?

When the G20 leaders held their first summit in late 2008, many welcomed what looked like a diverse, highly representative new forum for crafting...

Getting to Net-Zero Emissions

The leaders of the G20 countries headed to Osaka at the tail-end of June for their annual summit. United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres addressed...

The End of ‘Chimerica’

The escalating rivalry between China and the United States is ushering in a bipolar world. While the past few decades have been defined mostly...

Shortcomings in Environmental Impact Assessments

Walhi, Indonesia’s largest environmental organization, recently took the government to court for issuing construction permits to a Chinese company based on what they allege...

No time to waste: Stop plastic pollution

Plastic pollution kills an estimated one million people around the world each year and causes enormous damage to the environment, health and livelihoods of...

Sri Lanka mourns its dead, will rise again

Last week the world joined Sri Lanka in mourning as it buried victims of the coordinated bomb-blasts that killed over 250 people and maimed...

Data Protection is Social Protection

In recent decades, social assistance programs around the world have been strengthened to the point that they now benefit more than 2.5 billion people,...

Climate Justice Versus Populism

The first polls are in. The upcoming European Parliament elections could deliver up to 25 percent of seats to Euroskeptic right-wing populist forces like...

A Low-Carbon Belt and Road

Discussions about climate action nowadays often focus on the largest past and current emitters. But, if one looks to the future, the biggest climate...

Migration Myths vs. Economic Facts

On 19 December, 2018, the United Nations General Assembly voted to adopt the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, with 152 votes...

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