Category: Columns and media

Coronavirus Shows Healthcare Needs Global Governance

BY IRINA BOKOVA, HAKIMA EL HAITE, GEORGE PAPANDREOU, JOËL RUET

We firmly believe it is time to re-consider every country’s health security, using global governance tools that already exist. If we have the will and resources to invest into financial stability or limit global heating, why is health security not on the table too?

https://www.diplomaticourier.com/posts/coronavirus-shows-healthcare-needs-global-governance

COVID-19 : Let us take off our Blinders and Build a New World

BY HAKIMA EL HAITE & JOËL RUET

While we are giving in to the emergency, nature and its ecosystems are already preparing the next tornadoes, freezes, fires and floods, the next viruses to resolve the matter, in one way or another.

We have this choice, all together, today, to remove our blinders.

https://www.diplomaticourier.com/posts/let-us-take-off-our-blinders-and-build-a-new-world

France Might Miss The Great African Transformation

No French diplomat was present at the launching of the African Union “2016 Transition Report” in New York on September 21st. Is it because it is an internal matter of the African Union, or is it symptomatic of a French disregard for the  transformation of the continent ? In either case, it appears that it is one of the many signs that France stands idle by as Africa undergoes many changes. Read Joel Ruet’s analysis on this matter in this OpEd published in Jeune Afrique

When a South African court attacks the remaining pillar of globalization

The G20 leaders met on the 7th and 8th July in the harbour city of Hamburg, a Symbol of trade where they sought new keys to globalization through investment.

Thousands of kilometers to the south, would the setting seizure of an innocuous African boat of fertilizers anchored in an African harbour become a symbol of the shadowed side of the “new globalization” ? Resistant to trade; Politizing investment; Instrumentalising the local courts, discreetly unraveling the advances of multi-lateral governance?

Read more in French at http://www.atlantico.fr/decryptage/quand-cour-sud-africaine-attaque-au-seul-pilier-encore-intact-mondialisation-3114949.html#1okb4rhaS3FKWAZX.99

The case for sovereign climate bonds How to combat climate change with fiscal policy?

“Investment in a low-carbon future is a key priority for many governments across the developed and developing world, and also for central banks looking to diversify their investment portfolios. One proposal for turning this priority into action is through the creation of climate policy performance bonds – calling them ‘sovereign climate bonds’.”

By Abdeljellil Bouzidi, Board Member of The Bridge Tank.

Read more by clicking on this link.

How Eastern Europe’s Right Deprived the World from Its First Female UN Secretary-General

“As a Western European male and a Socialist, I should incidentally be very pleased with the election of Antonio Guterres as the next UN Secretary-General.After all Mr. Guterres is a seasoned diplomat, who masters several languages, and was able to gain the support of all the Security Councilmembers ,not a benign result at times when some commentators are talking of a new cold war. Hence, my full-hearted congratulations! (…) But (…) it is more relevant to analyse the election from the consciously acquired, diligently nurtured, perspective of a gender-friendly, universalist, world citizen rather than that of the accidental male I am.”

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On Europe, the UN Security Council and the race for next UN-SG

The UN Security Council vote on Friday and the events of this weekend have suddenly turned the UN Secretary-General election from a marathon race into a sprint finish, with more twists and turns to come. Contrary to Ban Ki-moon’s election ten years ago, the race remains vivid. But the running league of candidates seems to be now consolidating, put aside some -hopefully ephemeral- confusion that has arisen this weekend in Eastern Europe, the legitimate region of origin of the next UN-SG…”

Read this OpEd written by Joel Ruet in The Diplomatic Courier on https://www.diplomaticourier.com/posts/europe-un-security-council-race-next-un-sg

Green Economy: An Opportunity for Youth Employment

“In a context of global environmental challenges, solutions toward a Green Economy can provide a employment opportunities for the global youth. Besides experts proposals, democratic discussion among the youth can provide lively and rich with ideas, based on as many stories of successful sustainable development projects to be shared among delegates from across the world…”

Read this OpEd by Dakhla 4th International Youth Forum Collective with Sara Bentefrit (Morocco), Molly Mamaril (Hawaii, USA), Joël Ruet (France) on https://www.diplomaticourier.com/posts/green-economy-opportunity-youth-employment

Africa Wants its Own, West-free, Path to Development

“At the 27thsummit of the African Union (AU), which took place in Kigali on the 17thand 18thof July, as a first,the AU’s invited none of its partners: France, the United States, the United Kingdom, China, the European Union, had to read the press… This was neither an oversight nor an anecdotal absence, but another sign that Africa intends to gather together to work towards its economic sovereignty…” Read More

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