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The Global Youth Wellbeing Index*
16 April 2014

international-youth-foundation-squarelogoOn 3 April 2014, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) launched the first ever ‘Global Youth Wellbeing Index’. With financial support from Hilton Worldwide, a global tourism and hospitality company, the CSIS joined with the International Youth Foundation (IYF) to launch this flagship project as part of a broader policy research agenda focusing on the world’s youth.

The State of Global Partnerships
10 April 2014

GPI_logoThe US State Department has issued its first State of Global Partnerships, an initiative prioritized by Secretary of State John Kerry as an important foreign policy tool.  The report describes how non-governmental partners can work with governments to create “solutions to the challenges facing the global community in climate change, poverty,

Richard Trumka on the Trade Debate and Corporate Power
9 April 2014

Richard TrumkaRichard Trumka, President of the AFL-CIO, the major US labor federation, came to the Center for American Progress to share his views on the current trade debate and its implications for the future of the American economy. He described the Trans Pacific Partnership and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership as being replicas of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

Africa in the New Millennium
3 April 2014

africaceoThe President of the African Development Bank Group Donald Kaberuka came to the Graduate Institute and shared his insights on Africa in the New Millennium:  Development Challenges and Prospects on 20 March 2014.  His main theme was that Africa is building an emphatically inclusive capitalism, in contrast to the external forces that dominated development modeling in the past several decades.  President Kaberuka happened to be in town for a three-day “Africa CEO Forum”

Exports: Germany’s Growth Engine, from HRI Economics
28 March 2014

DUEegs1403HRI Economics has released its latest forecast for the German economy. This long-range forecast predicts a 2.4 percent average annual growth rate for real GDP from 2015 to 2025. With Germany’s population expected to decline at a rate of 0.2 percent per year, per capita GDP will increase by 2.6 percent per year.

CMBD Perspectives — G20 Australia – A Sherpa’s perspective*
20 March 2014

g20ausThe Center for Strategic and International Studies held a discussion with the US and Australian “Sherpas” for the G20.  The G20 has been meeting at the head-of-state level since the financial and economic crisis of 2008.

Global Agriculture and Food Security Program
20 March 2014

GAFSPlogoThe Center for International and Strategic Studies (CSIS) also hosted a discussion with Laura Macagni, Head of the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP) at the International Finance Corporation (IFC), on the successes and challenges ahead for GAFSP.  The GAFSP was set up to assist in the implementation of pledges on fighting food insecurity and malnutrition by the G20 in Pittsburgh in 2009.

The Vienna Declaration and the Convention on the Rights of the Child
17 March 2014

Navi PillayIn the presentation of her annual report to the Human Rights Council, the High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay recognized that 2013 was the landmark year for the twentieth anniversaries of both the Vienna Declaration and the origin of the High Commissioner’s mandate.  She reminded Council members that the Vienna Declaration affirmed the universality, indivisibility and interdependence of all human rights, which was an important landmark in itself, linking economic, social and cultural rights to political and civil rights.

Zero Discrimination Day and International Women’s Day
12 March 2014

zddIWDThis is the week of special events on women’s empowerment, mostly inspired by the occurrence of International Women’s Day on 8 March 2014 (falling on Saturday this year, so most events are on Friday, 7 March).  We note these events in our commentary because there appears to be a rather large number of events with unusual content and potentially substantial impact.

Nineteen Focus Areas for the Post-2015 Development Agenda
11 March 2014

post2015daThe Open Working Group on the Sustainable Development Goals has issued its latest wrap-up document from its eight thematic sessions for developing a Post-2015 Development Agenda in the form of a summary of nineteen focus areas.  The co-chairs of the OWG, the Permanent Representative of Kenya Macharia Kamau and the Permanent Representative of Hungary Csabi Körösi, presented this list as the basis for starting the actual negotiations on SDGs, the first session of which is on 3 to 5 March 2014 in New York.

Right to Food at the Human Rights Council
10 March 2014

SONY DSCThe 25th regular session of the Human Rights Council opens on 3 March 2014 with the anticipated keynote speeches of the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay, the President of the UN General Assembly Jonathan Ashe and the President of Swiss Confederation Didier Burkholter (who is also the Swiss Minister of Foreign Affairs).

New HRI Forecast Release, USA: A return to full employment?
3 March 2014

The latest forecast of the USA economy from HRI Economics provides some interesting insights and policy implications, with estimates of growth in GDP and its major components out to the year 2025.The starting point for the HRI projections is a consensus of forecasts prepared by the IMF, World Bank, OECD and UN DESA for 2014 and 2015, as presented in the CMBD Webinar on Comparative Economic Projections, held on 11 February.  See the presentation slides here.

The Working Group on Enhanced Cooperation
3 March 2014

UNCTAD HQAcross the hall in the Palais des Nations from the expert seminar on The Right to Privacy in the Digital Age was another meeting on the future of the Internet, in the form of the Working Group on Enhanced Cooperation under the UN Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD).  This Working Group is holding its third meeting from 24 to 28 February 2014 and is expected to have a final report with recommendations to submit to the CSTD when it has its annual meeting on 12 to 14 May 2014.

28 February 2014

anonymousThe Brookings Institute on Tuesday held a panel discussion on ‘Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity: The Cybersecurity Framework and Beyond’. The discussion dealt with a new framework of standards for cyber security in Executive Order 13636, which mandates the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to develop a framework for managing cyber security risks.

Progress on the Post-2015 Development Agenda*
25 February 2014

theworldwewant-squareWhile we continue to look for opportunities to stimulate a multi-stakeholder overview of the multiple and growing number of disparate candidates for inclusion in the Post-2015 Development Agenda, we see that there is a bit of an opening in the clouds on the part of the leadership in the murky environment of the UN in New York.

Strategy Boosts from Ban Ki-moon for Climate change
7 February 2014


In this year of build-up for action on climate change, we note two strategies to diversify the base of support for a new treaty.  On the first of these, Mr. Bloomberg has agreed to assist the Secretary-General in galvanizing mayors and other urban leaders to advance efforts on climate change.

Agriculture, Food Security and Zero Hunger in Africa
6 February 2014

The Zero Hunger target was spearheaded by a high-level meeting on food security in Africa organized by the AU in collaboration with Brazil’s Lula Institute – headed by former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva – and the FAO in July 2013.

The Evolving Dynamics between Global Public Health and Intellectual Property*
1 February 2014

WHO far endOne of the areas of interest at the 134th Session of the WHO Executive Board meeting from 20 to 25 January 2014 had to do with the evolving dynamics between global public health and intellectual property.


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