An Abundance of Water, but None to Drink for First Nations in Canada
17 mars 2021
Most people in Canada can easily access clean drinking water. In First Nations communities, the situation is different. More than 50 First Nations communities live without access to clean drinking water. The Canadian government has a responsibility to resolve this human rights issue by enacting federal legislation to increase government accountability to First Nations communities, and by working with the communities to establish locally owned water authorities.
Sustainable Development Through International Arbitration?
7 mars 2021
The Investor-State Dispute Settlement System (ISDS) is an outdated system that needs to be reformed to reflect modern sustainable development objectives. Several ideas have been put forward to reform the ISDS, but none have led to change. Rather than imposing new mechanisms or overhauling the system altogether, the current ISDS system should be adapted to prioritize the Sustainable Development Goals.
Time to Reconsider Voting at Climate Negotiations
15 février 2021
Innovative and creative solutions are needed to tackle the climate emergency. The current consensus-based decision-making process at international climate negotiations is unable to catalyze sufficient climate action. It is time to reform the decision-making process and reconsider adopting more efficient procedural options such as smart voting.
Afghan Women: Modernizing Global Practices of Peacebuilding?
15 janvier 2021
Afghanistan is at a crossroads. Will Afghan women modernize global practices of peacebuilding or are the negotiations sticking to the traditional male-dominated path merely focused on military security? The road towards sustainable peace requires solidarity networks and inclusiveness for marginalized groups, especially women.
Claudio Lanza and Zakira Rasooli
Tu Felix Austria
17 mai 2017Politique et société
The small country of Austria where 2016 did not entail a win for the far-right might have some lessons for liberals who fear a dire 2017.
Bringing Human Rights Home
13 avril 2017Droits de l'Homme et droit international
Transnational Corporations (TNCs) play a vital role in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Yet their ongoing failure to comply with Human Rights has been subject to much criticism. Establishing a legally binding framework that incorporates SDGs’ stance on Human Rights is essential to meet the goals by 2030.
The Innovative State
25 mars 2017Politique économique
Innovation is often limited to the realms of the private sector, characterized by ruthless competition amongst high-tech firms operating outside the reaches of the state. However, rethinking the role of governments in fostering learning and innovation can lead to both transformative and inclusive economic growth.
“Beevelop” rural Ethiopia?
11 mars 2017Développement et santé
In Ethiopia, scarcity of land is becoming a challenge for a country that is highly dependent on agriculture. New economic activities that reduce pressure on land are necessary, and beekeeping can be part of a solution.
Profitons des effets du Brexit
27 février 2017Paix et sécurité
Le Brexit nous donne la possibilité de revoir et améliorer la coopération européenne en matière de défense. La France et l’Allemagne devraient saisir cette opportunité afin de poursuivre l’intégration européenne et donner naissance à une possible défense européenne commune de l’Union.
Seeking an International Climate Displacement Agreement
15 février 2017Energie et environnement
Millions of people will be forcefully displaced by climate change impacts in the coming years. The international community urgently needs to reach an international climate displacement agreement in order to recognize their status as climate refugees and protect them under international law.