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Accelerating Access to Clean Cooking Will Require a Heart-Head-and-Hands Approach

19. Juli 2021 - 0:00

The world is far off track from achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 7 target for universal access to clean cooking by 2030 owing to a lack of prioritization. Breaking this impasse requires transformative public- and private-sector solutions and large-scale investments that can improve the overall cooking ecosystem with end users’ needs at the centre. Recent trends in designing more effective solutions are gaining momentum. By working together with a ‘heart-head-and-hands approach’, stakeholders can move the needle forward on clean cooking, and in the process, contribute to the SDGs for health and well-being, women’s empowerment, and a cleaner environment.

The Breathing Catastrophe: COVID-19 and Global Health Governance

13. Juli 2021 - 0:00

In the second year of the pandemic, the malaise of global health governance has come to the fore at the intersection of the trajectories of global crises that have converged in 2020: the soaring inequalities, the climate disaster and the effects of a globalization that takes our breath away. COVID-19 puts into question most of the global health assumptions and reaffirms the political intuitions of the 1978 Alma Ata Declaration on primary health care, which positioned health at the centre of a public sector-led project for economic transformation and human dignity, based on human rights. The new coronavirus imposes a new sense of purpose to health policymaking, which is not yet captured in the current failed global response to the pandemic. This is also an opportunity for the international community that believes in public health and the role of public institutions, to re-imagine itself and project new creative ways to engage beyond classical models, so as to reconquer some ground for a healthier future.

Global to Local: An Alternative Approach to Achieve Climate and Energy Goals

12. Juli 2021 - 0:00

Universal energy access currently looks unachievable according to predictions based on current data. This affects Africa most, as has been observed with the effects of COVID-19 leading to a reversal in gains. The world’s ambitious climate goals, which also require the achievement of clean cooking show that there is an opportunity for a shift. Channeling climate finance towards decentralized renewable energy and clean cooking can support achievement of universal energy access through more localized action.

The Energy Transition and the Changing Nature of Governance: Analyzing Evidence from the European Union and the Gulf Cooperation Council

9. Juli 2021 - 0:00

The governance literature is characterized by general claims regarding the changing nature of governance or the ‘governance turn’, with the main argument being that ‘centralized’ or ‘state-centred’ governance is increasingly being replaced by multilevel governance. This article provides evidence of different degrees of decentralization of renewable energy governance in European Union and Gulf Cooperation Council countries, focusing on the complexity of the relevant policy mixes.

Global Education Governance in the Context of COVID-19: Tensions and Threats to Education as a Public Good

8. Juni 2021 - 0:00

This article discusses the failure of global governance to defend and reinforce education as a public good and its public provision and regulation. Challenging the framing of states and the private sector as being equally important for the achievement of the SDGs, it calls for a reimagination of the role of global governance and an accountability structure that places the economic, social and environmental consequences of policy and financing modalities at the centre.

Towards a Global Digital Constitutionalism: A Radical New Agenda for UN75

3. Mai 2021 - 0:00

Twenty years after the WSIS, even as multi-stakeholder governance models in the domain have been stripped of any claim to their democratic potential, global digital governance is in shambles. Norm-building for the digital paradigm is increasingly shifting to plurilateral spaces and private sector-led rule-making in the guise of technical standards development. The UN Secretary-General’s Roadmap for Digital Cooperation (2020) has failed to address this crisis. The paper argues for how in its 75th year, the UN needs to make a clean break from its historical soft-pedalling of corporatized rule-making for the digital by embracing the radical agenda of a transformative global constitutionalism, and proceeds to outline its constituent elements.

Challenging Corporate Power: Human Rights Globalization from Above and Below

30. April 2021 - 0:00

To address the most pressing issues of our day, the United Nations must be redesigned to transform global social relations in ways that reduce corporate power and empower civil society and local authorities as global actors. People’s movements have made deliberate efforts to advance what I have called human rights globalization, building foundations for an alternative global order from the ground up. These emerging transformative projects can end corporate impunity and foster global norms and identities that contest corporate governance and the monopoly authority of states.

Bretton Woods’ Pandemic Policies: A Gender Equality Analysis—Perspectives from Latin America

21. April 2021 - 0:00

Using a human rights and feminist economist perspective, this article analyzes the emergency financial policies deployed by international financial institutions (IFIs)—in particular the IMF and the World Bank—to help countries in Latin America cope with the COVID-19 crisis. Looking at the macroeconomic and fiscal assumptions behind IMF loans to countries, it identifies clear signals that fiscal discipline and pro-market options will continue to be priorities as soon as the emergency has been overcome. The study explains how recent adjustment and austerity policies adopted by a number of countries have disproportionately affected women’s human rights, reinforcing the invisibilization of gender inequalities in domestic and care work and in turn, making women even more vulnerable to the impact of the pandemic and resulting economic recession. It concludes that in order to properly consider the conditions of IFI loans, countries must evaluate the probable impact of these financial contracts on people’s human rights, and in particular on gender equality.

Investment Governance to Reverse Unjustified Privileging of Investors

20. April 2021 - 0:00

This article discusses approaches to re-envisioning the investment governance regime with a view towards reversing unjustified privileging of investors, including the roles of home and host states in reviewing international investment agreements as well as advancing related national legal frameworks pertaining to investor obligations.

Leveraging Corruption: How World Bank Support to Private Sector Undermines Emerging Democracies

19. April 2021 - 0:00

The International Finance Corporation, the branch of the World Bank that lends to the private sector, is closely associated with the biggest corruption cases in history, including the infamous Odebrecht scandal that resulted in the removal, imprisonment and even suicide of several Latin American presidents. Yet diplomatic immunity has kept the Bank and its Private–Public Partnerships model away from scrutiny.

Somalia: Thirty Years After

16. April 2021 - 0:00

Politically, Somalia is more or less the same as it was in the late 1990s—rightly put, the Arta peace process—with ‘political’ groups competing for power and wealth but with a different approach. The issues on the ‘Somali’ agenda are many, the need to rethink governance immense and ongoing efforts to rebuild the nation, from security to the constitution to the reconciliation process are but national priorities. This article aims to provide a brief assessment of Somalia—30 years after. It will discuss some of the issues in the Somali agenda with emphasis on the story of the haan and provide a number of recommendations.

A Volatile Context: A Revisionist Lens on Good Governance

15. April 2021 - 0:00

Pressures on the legitimacy of global governance are coming from many sides, including from people who feel betrayed by unfulfilled promises and others who wonder if governance structures can ever become truly accountable and responsive to often deep and evolving human insecurity. This article calls for the integration of norms of governance that can better balance hierarchy and protocol with constituent care and service.