Ensuring Stable and Peaceful Societies

On April 24th and 25th, the President of the UN General Assembly will lead a thematic debate on ensuring stable and peaceful societies. At the request of the President of the General Assembly, I prepared a memo which highlights why peace and stability is important for sustainable development and how it might be addressed in the post-2015 development agenda. The outcome of this discussion will be included in the President’s summary and will be available as an input in the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals (April 2014)

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Fueling a New Order? The New Geopolitical and Security Consequences of Energy

Paper by David Steven, Bruce Jones and Emily O’Brien that examines impacts of the major transformation in international energy markets that has begun. The United States is poised to overtake Saudi Arabia and Russia as the world’s largest oil producer and, combined with new developments in natural gas, is on track to become the dominant player in global energy markets. Meanwhile, China is in place to surpass the United States in its scale of oil imports, and has already edged out the U.S. in carbon emissions. (April 2014)

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Quadruple or Quits – managing the links between the four 2015 agendas of trade, climate, SDGs, and finance for development

Talk given by Alex Evans to a UK government cross-Whitehall session on the four key multilateral processes culminating in 2015: trade, climate, Sustainable Development Goals, and finance for development. (May 2012)

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A Laboratory for Sustainable Development? Latin America, the Caribbean, and the Post-2015 Development Agenda

The Latin American and Caribbean region has a unique opportunity to exercise leadership and influence over the post-2015 development debate. The region’s countries have shown a commitment to the Millennium Development Goals by creating new approaches to achieving prosperity and delivering high standards of social welfare. Recently, the region has successfully captured the leadership positions at the UN in the lead-up to the 69th General Assembly, allowing it to advance its innovative development policies and models within the debate and lobby for its concerns.

A Laboratory for Sustainable Development?, written by David Steven and Alejandra Kubitschek-Bujones discusses the opportunities and obstacles to agreeing on a post-2015 agenda that will benefit the region and explores ways in which regional players might influence the agenda. More about the report and CIC’s work on post-2015 here. The reports are available for download below – English version on the left and Spanish on the right.

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What Happens Now? – The Post-2015 Agenda After the High-level Panel

Briefing paper by Alex Evans and David Steven that explores the outlook for the post-2015 development agenda over the next two years and makes seven recommendations for member states and other champions of a bold, but practical, agreement. Updated in October 2013.

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