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What should be done about the United Nations?

By Maria João Rodrigues / 21 September, 2020

The global health, climate and economic crises have led to a deterioration of the world order as we knew it. The gap between current global challenges and global governance is widening and weakening the multilateral system. A new, fair and inclusive multilateralism for the 21st century must be invented, write...

Radically transforming the EU economy – and how to finance it

By Ann Pettifor / 4 September, 2020

The Covid-19 pandemic has revealed a simple truth: today’s model of globalised, financialised capitalism, teetering on a shaky foundation of vast debts and costly credit, cannot deliver human well-being. In order to reverse the course, a safe ecological load has to be fixed – a ‘Plimsoll line’, like the white...

Taxation in the sky : towards a progressive aviation tax in line with climate justice

By Jourdain Vaillant / 20 December, 2019

 «Aviation has a unique fiscal regime » says a report published by the European Commission last June. While the Council of the UE is considering both a revision of the 2003 Energy Taxation Directive and a project of aviation tax, there is space for a renewed and fair fiscal regime. On...

COP25: Towards multi-speed multilateralism

By Cristina Narbona / 20 December, 2019

Download this article in Spanish. The developments of the COP25 should not be judged in a binary manner: success or failure. On the contrary, the complexity of our world has become apparent – a world that is difficult to manage with tools designed in distant times –, and we should...

The Spanish repetition of the COP15 in Copenhagen

By Jo Leinen / 20 December, 2019

The disaster of COP15 in Copenhagen repeated itself ten years later on COP25 in Madrid. Egoistic national interests are blocking the necessary consensus to defend the common good. Lesson Nr 1 : We will not limit global warming well below 2°C relaying only on these UNFCCC conferences. There is always...

COP25 – First Conclusions and future challenges

By Javi López / 20 December, 2019

The longest COP25 in history concluded last Sunday, after two more days of negotiations than planned, with an outcome that was however disappointing due to the lack of ambition and concrete actions in its final declaration. Climate action has become a categorical imperative for all those who want the public...

Shadows and lights at Madrid’s COP25

By Stephany Griffith-Jones / 20 December, 2019

If the international community lost an important opportunity to show increased ambition in Madrid, important progress was nevertheless made on how to most effectively use institutions like public development banks to fund the necessary and urgent transition to a zero carbon economy by 2050 As United Nations Secretary General  Guterres eloquently...

From COP 25 to the European Green Deal: Can Europe break up the climate impasse?

By Maria João Rodrigues / 19 December, 2019

Despite a large mobilisation of citizens across the world and in Madrid in particular, the outcomes of the COP25 Climate Conference were disappointing. In this context, the European Green Deal presented by European Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans was the best news. The EU can and should take the lead in fighting...

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Climate Justice emergency also at COP25

By Jo Leinen / 6 December, 2019

At COP25, progressives around the world will again call for mechanisms to achieve climate justice and just transition. The poor should not have to pay the bill while the rich have the money to continue a wasteful lifestyle. The European Parliament has declared a global climate emergency, as have many...

The Myth of a Progressive Trudeau

By Luke Savage / 13 November, 2019

It’s a rarity for Canada to receive attention from abroad, let alone the positively gushing kind that greeted the arrival of Justin Trudeau’s premiership in the late fall of 2015. So immediately rapturous was the new prime minister’s international reception that many people, both inside the country and out, came...

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