On 18 and 19 November 2010, the annual Albrecht Thaer Kolloquium, co-hosted by the Humboldt University Berlin and Heinrich Böll Foundation, brought together a group of international environmental scientists to debate the imperative to adapt our political and economic systems to the unprecedented challenge of environmental and climate change.
Two years ago, the group of the world’s 20 major economies (the G20) announced their shared ambition: to manage the global economic crisis more efficiently and more transparently than the old industrialized nations (G8), and to prevent further financial market crises or economic downturns. Only two years later, the G20 now stands at a crossroads.
By Rainer Falk, Barbara Unmüßig
The G20 Seoul summit is discussing the most important issues of the global economy. This article presents the dynamic among G20 members on exchange rates, institutional reform, and global rebalancing.
By Sandro Gianella
The effect that the economic and financial crisis has had on the European Union and its policies is the central theme of this publication. The authors have looked at European policies from different angles. They have analysed and evaluated how the Union has dealt with the different aspects of the crisis: which measures have been successful, which have failed and what still needs to be tackled.
The outbreak of the financial crisis in 2008 has led to a remarkable rebirth of the Group of 20, turning the club into the self-declared premier forum for global economic coordination. At the same time, the world was shocked by a global food crisis which had tremendous consequences in developing countries, where millions were no longer able to buy their daily food.
The international conference deals with the political framework, regulatory instruments, as well as leading technologies, key projects and new alliances for the economic-ecologic turnaround. On May, 28-29 a live-stream will be available.
Since it is time to reconsider and redefine the regulation and flow of international agricultural trade against the backdrop of severe global crises (such as the climate, food and economic crises) the conference seeks to bring together expertise to address these issues.
A few days before the Climate Summit in Copenhagen it is still not clear how much substance, and how much show there will be. The Briefing Paper identifies main dangers for a Greenwash agreement in Copenhagen and provides background information about the conference topics.
The destruction of tropical forests contributes between percent of the greenhouse gases generated by human activity. Donor governments consider Congo Basin countries to be prime candidates for REDD (UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries), and national governments in the region are eager to seize the opportunity.
For too long the international climate and trade policies have pursued conflicting objectives. It is high time to confront both policies, so Tilman Santarius, in his study, published by the German NGO Forum on Environment and Development in Bonn and the Heinrich Böll Foundation.
By Tilman Santarius