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International Economic Cooperation in Troubled Times: A Call for Strong Action by the G20


The leaders of the G20 will meet on 30 November and 1 December in Buenos Aires for their annual summit. They need to acknowledge that the last two years have been characterized by strong headwinds for the world economy. This time, however, it is not a mixture of poor macroeconomic policies and bad business decisions – as in 2008 when they met in Washington for their first summit – that endangers the well-being of billions of citizens around the globe. This time the threat stems from deliberate political decisions, in particular on trade.

The possibility of global economic governance in a period of great power rivalry

A structural shift is underway, running much deeper than the so-called trade wars that have been triggered by the US administration. Evidence of this trend starts to abound. In the past months, measures have been taken in places such as the US and the EU which will discourage the inflow of certain foreign investments, global companies have been induced to restructure their supply chains following geopolitical considerations and an increasing number of countries have been dismissing infrastructure projects with foreign funding.

EU to the rescue: Priorities for a positive multilateralism

Photo: EU FlagsWe are a long way from 2015. That year, the world committed to the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement on climate – promising to end extreme poverty, address corrosive inequality, boost peace and prosperity, and stop climate change.

Now in 2018, we already look back at 2015 with nostalgia. This was the high water mark of multilateralism, brought low by the rise of populism and ‘illiberal democracy’. Suddenly, it seems, we are forced to find ways of rescuing the global rules-based order.

Economic Development and Migration in Africa: Going beyond just ‘Jobs, Jobs, Jobs’

Photo: Kusile_Power_Station,Witbank, south Africa

Policy makers, struggling to respond to migration within Africa and from Africa to Europe, have turned to economic development as a means to improve prospects in potential migrants’ home countries. The logic goes, if people have livelihoods in their home countries they are less likely to undertake the dangerous journey across Africa and the Mediterranean to Europe.

Mehr Politikkohärenz für nachhaltige Entwicklung: „SDG-TÜV“ einführen und bestehende Nachhaltigkeitsstrukturen stärken

Image: Plakette der Abgasuntersuchung

Ein „SDG-TÜV“ für Nachhaltigkeit

Zwei Jahre nach Verabschiedung der Agenda 2030 und des Pariser Klimaabkommens ist Deutschland von deren konsequenter Umsetzung weit entfernt. Es fehlt vor allem am politischen Willen, aber auch an ressortübergreifender Abstimmung und ganzheitlichem Regierungshandeln. Doch wie können wir echte Politikkohärenz für die sozial-ökologische Transformation erreichen? Eine grüne Idee ist es, einen „SDG-TÜV“ für Nachhaltigkeit, Frieden und Menschenrechte auf Regierungsebene einzuführen und die bestehenden Nachhaltigkeitsstrukturen zu stärken.