Global Governance

The EU's Current Predicament and Challenges

The underlying economic problems of unemployment and unequal distribution of wealth, exacerbated by the flood of migrants in 2015, have created a toxic mix that threatens to fragment the 27 EU nations.  It also threatens to undo much of the common economic and political work achieved since the 6 original members formed the Iron & Steel Community after World War II.

Navigating Complexity: Climate, Migration, and Conflict in a Changing World

Climate change is expected to contribute to the movement of people through a variety of means. There is also significant concern climate change may influence violent conflict. But our understanding of these dynamics is evolving quickly and sometimes producing surprising results. There are considerable misconceptions about why people move, how many move, and what effects they have.

Planet at the Crossroads: Insights From IUCN’s World Conservation Congress

At this year’s International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress, more than 10,000 scientists, activists, and leaders from around the world committed to finding “nature-based solutions” to reversing environmental declines and securing a healthy, livable planet.

Closing Elephant-Sized Loopholes in the Illegal Wildlife Trade: CITES CoP17 and the Path Forward

The illegal wildlife trade has seen a dramatic and lucrative resurgence in the past few years. Some of the world’s most iconic species—elephants, rhinos and tigers—are being poached to the brink of extinction to feed the international market.

UN, U.S. Summits Offer Modest Immediate Relief to Refugees, But Systemic Reforms Needed

Heads of state gathered in New York for the September 19 United Nations Summit on Refugees and Migrants will reaffirm principles of international law, pledge to treat asylum seekers more humanely, and promise to improve coordination between humanitarian and development organizations.

On NK, freeze can be layover to denuclearization

North Korea tested a fifth nuclear device in violation of the United Nations Security Council resolutions. Held on the sixty-eighth anniversary of the regime's founding, the test comes fresh on the heels of a series of ballistic missile tests on Monday as world powers gathered for a G20 meeting in China. North Korea advances its threat capabilities with each nuclear and ballistic missile test. It is time for an immediate re-assessment of ongoing efforts to eliminate the threat North Korea's weapons programs pose to the region.
 

21st Century Health, Education, Development, and Global Security

Health and education are essential for sustainable development across low-, middle-, and high-income economies. Health, education, and development in a well-integrated cluster are the sine qua non building blocks of global security.

Huge economic, health, and educational disparities abound among nations. These are accompanied by poverty that is catalytic to the seeds of disaffection, exclusion, and anger, and decreasing the threshold for violent, antisocial behavior globally.

Tribunal Ruling a Double-Edged Sword for China's Neighbors

On 12 July, a tribunal in The Hague handed down a ruling in the arbitration case instituted by the Philippines against China, brought before the court three years ago.

The tribunal, set up under the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, ruled in favour of the Philippines, concluding that there was no legal basis for China to claim historic rights to resources in the South China Sea falling within the idiosyncratic "nine-dash line" that had been used in some Chinese maps.

UNEP's GEO-6 North American Report: Informing the 2030 Development Agenda

With so much focus on global environmental problems, many may wonder how their region is faring more specifically. This is the sentiment behind the United Nations Environment Program’s process for the latest iteration of its flagship assessment, the Global Environmental Outlook 6 (GEO-6). 

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