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The realities of digital democracy

By Kenneth Hacker / 20 May, 2016

A cyber-realist (as opposed to cyber-utopian or cyber-dystopian) perspective regarding how Internet-based communication technologies affect democracy, views empirical data as supporting promising potentiality and actuality for using ICT to enhance democratic communication. This can apply to emerging democratic systems as well as advanced network societies who have had democratic systems...

Investing in Education more than in the Coast Guard!

By Freddy Thielemans / 4 January, 2016

Were you surprised by these attacks? We must stop believing that this phenomenon is new. France, Belgium, Italy, and Germany have experienced terrorism from the extreme left to the far right. Can we compare these forms of political terrorism to current jihadi terrorism? There is a common thread: it is...

Is the Fight Against Climate Change the Last Possible Success of Multilateralism?

By Teresa Ribera / 15 November, 2015

Multilateralism is often regarded as slow and ineffective. Yet, is there any other way to deal with a global phenomenon such as climate change? Climate change is frequently defined as the largest challenge ever faced by mankind. Yet it is less often associated with a new global governance paradigm, in...

Climate Finance is the Cornerstone of the Paris Summit

By Gilles Pargneaux / 14 November, 2015

We have talked a great deal about climate change over the past decade as a prospective issue. However, we must say it loudly: climate change is now. In the Sahel region, between 1972 and 1984, droughts and desertification have brought about starvation and caused 100 000 deaths according to the...

Action on Climate Change will Deepen Inequality Globally

By Philippe Aghion / 14 November, 2015

Climate change and the evolution of inequalities are closely linked and must be assessed on various levels. On a global scale, the dramatically differing situations of countries will determine the consequences of climate change on those countries’ societies. To begin with, there is a geographical dimension that will influence the...

Peeling Back the Layers

By Anelia Stefanova / 14 November, 2015

Delivering on climate financing pledged for developing countries at the 2009 UN climate talks in Copenhagen is expected to be the most difficult part of the deliberations at the Paris climate summit. A recent report commissioned by the French hosts, ‘Mobilising climate finance: a roadmap to finance a low-carbon economy,’...

Global Warming and the Fight Against Poverty: A Common Cause

By Michel Derdevet / 14 November, 2015

When it comes to navigating the murky waters of climate change, we are not all in the same boat. Some 2.2 billion people around the world already live in poverty, but the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and World Bank fear their ranks may swell even further with the rising...

Paris Climate Talks Offer Direct Route to Zero-carbon Economies

By Geneviève Pons / 14 November, 2015

In comparison to COP15 in Copenhagen (2009) there is much more optimism on the zero-carbon front, and a strong movement for a global renewably-powered economy. New legislations in energy efficiency and skyrocketing renewable energy targets by many countries are on the rise; and a global divestment campaign is urging financial...

Energy Transition and Market Pragmatism

By Mark Campanale / 14 November, 2015

The arguments Fergus Green lays out in this working paper clearly demonstrate that clean energy installation is better economically than using brown energy systems and that the sooner we deal with the climate problem the less it will cost. Many are trying to delay action on clean energy by arguing...

Climate and EU-UK referendum, appeal for leadership in Europe

By Massimo D’Alema / 14 November, 2015

Appeal for action – Last chance for a real deal to address the defining challenge of our century. It is significant progress that 146 countries, covering almost 87% of global emissions have submitted their reduction plans ahead of the climate summit in December. However this will still not be enough...

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