The effects of the global financial crisis continue to be felt across a spectrum of issues five years later — the short-term outlook for global growth; the need for international cooperation; the strengthening of international financial regulation; financing sustainable development; and leadership in a turbulent world.
The visit to Ottawa by Mexico’s President-elect Enrique Peña Nieto the week of November 26, provides Canada with the opportunity to elevate its bilateral relationship with Mexico to the level of a strategic partnership. Bilateral trade and investment have increased steadily since Canada signed the North American Free Trade Agreement, but there remains enormous, untapped potential, particularly in Mexico.
This report reviews a menu of indicators for the candidate goals to inform the future process of selecting the post-2015 successors to the MDGs and will be presented to officials and diplomats at the United Nations, the World Bank and representatives of civil society organizations and researches in New York and Washington.
The seventh installment of the National Perspectives on Global Leadership (NPGL) Soundings Series reveals that the national media in 12 G20 capitals reflected a mixed but clear picture of outcomes from the Los Cabos G20 Summit. Most reported that the euro zone crisis did not overwhelm the summit, but portrayals of the summit in several countries suggested the opposite.
The events at the Fukushima nuclear power plant in March 2011 and the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) part in the international response to the disaster, underscored the critical role the IAEA continues to play in ensuring global nuclear safety. The world’s hub of cooperation in the nuclear field, the IAEA is the nucleus around which all other parts of the global nuclear governance system revolve, promoting safe, secure and peaceful nuclear technologies. In this 160-page report by CIGI Senior Fellow Trevor Findlay, all aspects of the Agency’s mandate and operations ― from its major programs on safeguards, safety, security and the peaceful uses of nuclear energy to governance, management and finance ― are examined. Unleashing the Nuclear Watchdog confirms that the IAEA requires strengthening and reform in certain areas, but does not need a dramatic overhaul. The report includes key strategic and programmatic recommendations. The result of more than two years of research, this report is a joint undertaking by CIGI and the Canadian Centre for Treaty Compliance (CCTC) at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (NPSIA) at Carleton University in Ottawa.
A number of issues face leaders at the Los Cabos G20 Summit in Mexico on June 18-19, 2012. The global economy remains fragile, with the continuing crisis in the euro zone creating additional uncertainty and volatility in global financial markets. At the same time, pressing global problems and demographic challenges, which require collective action to resolve and which otherwise would cloud medium-term growth prospects, loom on the horizon. Against this background, the need for effective, credible leadership is paramount.
This report reflects on the insights generated during the October 2010 international conference held at CIGI, CIGI ’10: Climate of Action, and considers what it would take to establish robust international climate cooperation.
The Cannes G20 Summit was dominated by the 2011 euro crisis, but the summit did succeed in raising the profile of the G20 in some countries, and the national priorities of G20 leaders were reflected in their respective national media.
In this prepatory document for CIGI'10 participants, conference co-chair Jason Blackstock outlines the primary goals for CIGI ’10. First, to explore the potential for action at all levels of government and society — from the bottom up, through multilateral clubs, to the global negotiations — to create tangible progress towards the “Core Elements of Global Action” we know are needed. Second, to produce specific recommendations for targeted actors and forums on how action across these levels can be mobilized and coordinated to maximize net progress.
The recent “Occupy” demonstrations are indicative of a growing mistrust in the ability of governments and the G20 to respond to today’s problems. Questions are being raised about the effectiveness and credibility of the G20 as a global governance institution amid the growing uncertainty about the world economy. This collection of commentaries by CIGI experts offers policy analysis and prescriptions in advance of the Cannes G20 Summit on November 3-4, 2011, addressing some of the most critical issues facing the G20 — securing economic recovery and growth, global imbalances, food security, employment, anti-corruption, international trade, and the G20 process itself.