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Growth, Innovation and Trade in Environmental Goods

October 8, 2015
CIGI Policy Brief No. 67
Reporting on global trade in environmental goods would provide a comprehensive lens into diversification that will be needed for the transition to low-carbon economies, help countries benchmark the shorter- and longer-term impact of policies such as regulation and fiscal stimulus targeted at green growth, as well as innovation, and strengthen the G20 leaders’ commitment to inclusive and sustainable growth by providing visibility into the pace of investments to address climate change.

Global Treaty or Subnational Innovation? Canada's Path Forward on Climate Policy

October 6, 2015
Policy Brief No. 66
Canada's position on climate change is deeply contentious and constantly evolving, and presents a challenge of multi-level governance (across sectors, civil society and multiple levels of government). This policy brief describes examples of innovative climate change policy at the subnational level, articulates the roles played by different levels of government, and provides a series of recommendations on pathways to carbon-neutral, resilient communities.

Conflict Zones, Israel and Diaspora Perspectives in Canadian Foreign Policy

September 17, 2015
CIGI Graduate Fellows Policy Brief No. 11
Aya Al-Shalchi, Ramina Ghassemi, and Areej Rashid
While Canadian Jewish community organizations are actively engaged in lobbying the Canadian government on its foreign policy with Israel and Palestine, it is not at all clear that the perspectives of the Jewish-Israeli diaspora that have emigrated from this conflict zone have been considered. The absence of diaspora voices from the region seems a missed opportunity for the development of a more comprehensive foreign policy position.

Global Sustainability, Climate Change and Finance Policy: A South African Perspective

September 16, 2015
CIGI Policy Brief No. 65
Penelope Hawkins and Olaf Weber
One of the most important and topical discussions within the global multilateral arena is the challenge of meeting the world’s climate finance needs in order to reduce carbon emissions to sustainable levels and support adaptation strategies. The mobilization of finance is key in supporting the transition away from traditional high-carbon or business-as-usual economic pathways toward low-carbon, climate-resilient economic systems. A conference, Global Sustainability, Climate Change and Finance Policy, organized by the Centre for International Governance Innovation and the South African Institute for International Affairs and held in Johannesburg from July 1 to July 3, considered aspects of the debate.

Assessing Scientific Legitimacy: The Case of Marine Geoengineering

September 15, 2015
CIGI Graduate Fellows Policy Brief No. 10
Lucas Dotto and Bryan Pelkey
Marine geoengineering — the deliberate intervention in the marine environment to manipulate natural processes, including the mitigation of climate change impacts — has been occurring at untested scales and without appropriate oversight. Spurred by negative reactions to ocean iron fertilization efforts that began in 2007, the parties of the London Convention and the London Protocol created an assessment framework to govern marine geoengineering. This brief seeks to remedy the existing gaps in this governance.

Populist Movements: A Driving Force behind Recent Renationalization Trends

September 2, 2015
CIGI Graduate Fellows Policy Brief No. 9
Anna Klimbovskaia and Jonathan Diab
Populist uprisings often call for the renationalization or buying back of public goods that were originally privatized as a result of austerity measures established and disseminated by the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.

Toward SDG 2: Food Security and Urbanization in the Global South

August 28, 2015
CIGI Graduate Fellows Policy Brief No. 8
David Celis Parra, Krista Dinsmore, Nicole Fassina, and Charlene Keizer
Urban food insecurity is distinct from that experienced in rural areas and must be addressed through a different set of policies. The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 2 recommends that governments aim to improve food security and nutrition over the next 15 years in response to the global challenge of fostering sustainability.

A Model-law Approach to Restructuring Unsustainable Sovereign Debt

August 21, 2015
Policy Brief No. 64
Unresolved sovereign debt problems are hurting debtor nations, their citizens and their creditors, and can pose serious systemic threats to the international financial system. A model-law approach, in which a proposed Sovereign Debt Restructuring Model Law would be enacted in New York or English law (or both), would lead to a systematic legal resolution framework for countries in severe debt crises.

Enhancing Women Migrant Workers' Rights and Mainstreaming Gender in Global Migration Governance

August 5, 2015
CIGI Graduate Fellows Policy Brief No. 7
Bethlehem Daniel and Michael Gordon
According to the International Organization for Migration, female migrants constituted approximately 50 percent of the share of the total migrant stock in 2013. The feminization of migration is an ongoing cross-border phenomenon that requires both attention and cooperation to minimize risk and increase protection for vulnerable populations.

Cross-border Resolution of Financial Firms

July 30, 2015
CIGI Graduate Fellows Policy Brief No. 6
Isabelle Duchaine, Kateryna Dzhaha, and James Supeene
The absence of an effective international regime for cross-border resolution of financial firms led to the disorderly failure of a number of global banks during the global financial crisis, at a high cost to taxpayers and global financial stability.
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