By Simon Trace*
RUGBY, UK (IDN) - The Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) initiative was launched in September 2011 by the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. The three key objectives of the initiative, to be achieved by 2030, are:
- Ensuring universal access to modern energy services
- Doubling the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency
- Doubling the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix
By Shastri Ramachandaran *
NEW DELHI (IDN) - The term 'BCIM' is not as evocative as SAARC, BRICS, IBSA or even CHOGM. There are many reasons why the abbreviation should figure much more in the discourse on diplomacy and foreign policy. BCIM is short for Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar Forum for Regional Cooperation.
SAARC stands for South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation; BRICS for Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa; IBSA for India-Brazil-South Africa; and CHOGM for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.
By Neena Bhandari
SYDNEY (IDN) - With India and Pakistan testing nuclear-capable ballistic missiles this April, close on the heels of North Korea's unsuccessful test launch of a long-range rocket, a new report by the Sydney-based Lowy Institute for International Policy says it is Asian strategic mistrust that is holding back nuclear disarmament.
By Jaya Ramachandran
BRUSSELS (IDN) - China is keen to "create a win-win situation" and "raise the level of opening up" in the coming years until 2015, during which the Chinese Communist Party and the government will undergo an important leadership change, avers a study funded by the European Union, which however concludes that "Europe is not such a high priority for Beijing".
By R. Nastranis
GENEVA (IDN) - Japan risks jeopardising its energy security if it abandons nuclear power, warns the prestigious World Economic Forum (WEF) in a new report published nearly one year after the Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster took the world by surprise.
By Gordon Conway*
LONDON (IDN) - Food security is critical to the mission of Rio+20. The threats are numerous: repeated food price spikes; shortages of good-quality land and water; rising energy energy and fertiliser prices; and the consequences of climate change.
By Global Editors
BERLIN (IDN) – The article headlined 'Sri Lanka Battles Human Rights Campaigners', which was published in IDN on April 9, 2012, has aroused sharp reactions among representatives of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) overseas.
By Ernest Corea*
WASHINGTON DC (IDN) - When will the “other shoe” drop? And how? Will it create a reverberating, equanimity shattering thud? Or will it drop with the muted thump of a toddler’s soft toy falling on a plush rug?
With the election process at the World Bank (the Bank) completed, and Dr. Jim Yong Kim, president of Dartmouth College, confirmed as the institution’s twelfth president, questions like these are now likely to be running through the minds of the Bank’s professional staff. These are the men and women on whose efforts the effectiveness of the Bank depends.
By Richard Johnson
GENEVA (IDN) - The current round of informal negotiations from April 23 to May 4 on the outcome document of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) promises to be rather intense and challenging, given the great divide in the positions of countries on crucial issues.
By Jaya Ramachandran
LONDON (IDN) - The pace of environmental transformation currently taking place in the Arctic is unprecedented and its future rather uncertain, a new report has warned. "Some of the technologies that will help to shape that future, such as those involved in deep water drilling and ice management are already tried, while others are still in their infancy or yet to be developed," says Lloyd's CEO Richard Ward in a foreword to the report.
By Ramesh Jaura
BERLIN (IDN) - The international community acknowledged Germany's commitment to sustainable development as representatives of about 100 countries, gathered in Panama City at the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), decided on April 19 to base the global research body's Secretariat in Bonn.