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Durban Climate Deal: What a Great Result This Would Have Been Some Ten Years Ago!

The Durban climate conference concluded last weekend with a successful last-ditch effort to salvage some notion of cooperation.  The outcome would be quite nice if there were no particular urgency about taking action.  As is, it seems to me we are making some progress, but there is no more denying that as a world community, we are letting slip the option to limit the risk of dangerous climate change to the levels previously deemed acceptable.  We are, effectively, taking a bet that impacts will turn out to be at the low end of the predicted range.  This is certainly a possible outcome

To Be or Not To Be? That Is the Question for the Doha Round Now

How many readers were even aware that a meeting of trade minsters is happening in Geneva later this week? How many care? Two years ago, I wrote a blog post about the 2009 ministerial meeting headlined “to blog or not to blog…” because nothing was expected to happen, and nothing did. This year, I’m reverting to the original expression because it is (past) time for a decision on what to do with the Doha Round—finish it or bury it and move on.

Earth Goals for the Earth Summit?

A while ago, I blogged about the government of Colombia’s proposal for next year’s Rio + 20 Summit –that it should agree a set of “Sustainable Development Goals,” or SDGs for short.  That blog raised the concern that having a set of SDGs agreed only three years before a new round of MDGs (Millennium Development Goals) might be a little confusing to… well... everyone. 

Geeta Rao Gupta Wins 2011 Commitment to Development Award

Last night we (Center for Global Development and Foreign Policy Magazine) honored Geeta Rao Gupta with the Commitment to Development “Ideas in Action” Award. The event, a huge success, highlighted her numerous contributions to the field of gender and development. I had fun because the event brought to CGD so many of the early advocates of ensuring attention to women in development (I couldn’t resist saying it felt in a good way to me like “the old girls club”).

Brian Atwood (OECD-DAC Chair) Reflects on Busan Progress

Brian Atwood, the chair of the Development Assistance Committee at the OECD (and administrator of USAID from 1992 to 1998), was one of the key figures at last week’s Busan High-Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness. He had to help find a balance between broadening the alliance to include new and emerging donors with pushing for further and faster reforms among the main existing donors and multilateral institutions. He has shared with us his reflections on the progress made in Busan, and I encourage you to read them below. He argues that the agreement reached there has set a new direction in the effort to rationalize the global architecture for development.

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