Category: Columns and media

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?

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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.

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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

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

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

Mrs. UN Secretary General : The Final Race Ticks In

This year’s election process for the position of the next UN Secretary General is by far the most open and transparent in the UN’s history following 70 years of closed-door negotiating and secretive lobbying. On Tuesday for the first time, ten out of twelve candidates took part in two televised debates where they unfolded their visions for the future of the UN and set out their plans to tackle the numerous challenges the organization faces today (…). It does seem that it is the year of woman -at least as far as the election is concerned- and the four candidates that clearly came on top were all women : Irina Bokova, Helen Clark, Christiana Figueres and Susana Malcorra. Read more …

COP 22 in Morocco : African solutions for Africa and the world ?

Morocco just announced its three top priorities for COP22, inviting partner countries to join the “Triple A” initiative : “Adaptation, Agriculture, Africa”. For the three co-authors of this OpEd published inJeune Afriqueon the 2nd of June, The initiative appears to be a major step although it has not been headlined by the media. It is the opinion of Joel Ruet, economist in the CNRS and Chairman of The Bridge Tank, Adam Thiam, former Chief of Staff to the African Union commission president and Matthieu Wemaëre, lawyer and adviser to Peru’s government for COP20, and to Morocco’s government for COP21. They believe it holds a promise of tangible, concrete and quick solution, and explain why.

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