Category: Columns and media

Biden and the new diplomacy: India will need to recalibrate its strategy to suit changing global realities

Yoginder Alagh, member of the Bridge Tank’s board, wrote an article in the Indian Express entitled “Biden and new diplomacy: India will need to recalibrate its strategy to shifting global realities” on the 18th of November 2020.

In this article, he argued that the Biden presidency’s interactions with the political, environmental and global institutions would have major implications for India, particularly on the natural forests of Kashmir and the rights of Adivasis.

Indian lobby groups are still very active in Washington, whether they’re close to the Democrats (mostly the ones associated to NGOs of minorities) or to Trump supporters (mostly representing Hindutva groups). These lobbyists will play a key role in the representation and defence of Indian interests, in a changing context affecting the Americano-Indian relation as well as India’s place in international relations.

Suresh Prabhu speaks at the conference “Water and sanitation for all: the fight against pandemics”

Suresh Prabhu, member of the Bridge Tank’s board, took part in the online conference “Water and Sanitation for All: The Fight Against Pandemics”, hosted online by the global social movement One Shared World, on the 12th of November 2020. On this occasion, he addressed over half a million people and confirmed India’s support to ensure clean drinking water, basic sanitation and hygiene across the world. He committed to representing “poor people who have no voice, and so they can’t be heard” and to fight for water and sanitation for all.

Among the other keynote speakers were Shah Chowdhury, co-founder and President of Footsteps Bangladesh and winner of the 2020 AFS Prize for Young Global Citizens, and Jack Slim, Founder of the World Toilet Organisation and the World Toilet Day initiative.

The COVID19 vaccination campaign in Morocco – Point of view of Joël Ruet

Joël Ruet was interviewed on 2MTV about the Moroccan vaccination campaign on the 12th of November 2020. He highlighted that Morocco has been very efficient in its handling of the COVID-19 epidemic since the start, by taking very early economic and lockdown measures. Vaccines, he argued, are the best weapon against this virus, and will help people to protect others, which will reduce and limit the COVID-19’s spread. The clinical study of the effects of this vaccine will also be helpful for the rest of the planet to understand the virus better.

The Bridge Talks: 2020 US election

Jean-Claude Beaujour, lawyer and Vice-President of the France-Americas Foundation, took part in the Bridge Tank’s conversation about the 2020 American presidential election. He discussed with Joël Ruet about the American political system and its relation with a growingly divided society. Jean-Claude Beaujour highlighted the important role of economic wealth, religion, as well as the distinction between urban and rural areas, in the social and ideological division of the American society, which is also reflected by the split between the moderates and the Trump followers among the Republicans. This talk took place on the 7th of November 2020.

Senegal: our Board Member Aïssata Tall Sall is the 1st woman to become Minister of Foreign Affairs

Aïssata Tall Sall, member of the Bridge Tank’s board, became Senegal’s Minister of Foreign Affairs on the 1st of November 2020. She is the first woman to occupy this position in Senegalese history, and immediately explained that among her priorities were the continuation of the census of Senegalese outside of the national territory and the reinforcement of structures financing the diaspora’s activities.

Djellil Bouzidi published an article for the Official Forum of Monetary and Financial Institutions

Djellil Bouzidi, member of the Bridge Tank’s board, wrote with Michael Mainelli an article for the Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum entitled “How climate cuffs could save the planet” on the 26th of October 2020.

He recommended sustainability-linked bonds as efficient instruments against climate change, as they are dedicated to “green projects”. Policy performance bonds have also become increasingly popular, as they prioritise targeted outcomes. Djellil Bouzidi also recommended these bonds, as “any policy with clear goals can set an interest rate, percentage of renewable energy generation, carbon prices, forestation, or educational attainment levels”. These instruments have also been accepted by the

European Central Bank. This opens the way for governments to issue policy performance bonds with interest payments linked to the issuing country’s greenhouse gas emissions. The sale of such bonds linked to carbon targets would lead to a convergence of the global carbon price, locally handled clean-up costs and a much smaller need for carbon tariffs.

Irina Bokova talks on « Culture grappling with global phenomena »

Irina Bokova, member of the Bridge Tank’s board, took part in a discussion with Clémence Varin, Fellow of the Open Diplomacy Institute. This discussion was on “Culture struggling with global phenomena” and took place on the 23rd of October 2020.

Irina Bokova argued that culture was facing many challenges linked to global warming, which should be clearly considered as a threat to culture and therefore urgently has to be described as such in international conventions. UNESCO can therefore act to preserve the environment, as its mandates

refers to culture, but also science and education, key elements of the fight against climate change. Access to digital technology must be carefully considered, as it represents many new challenges and inequalities; it has to be an asset for culture, whilst still respecting ethical standards. To act efficiently and defend multilateralism, a stronger cooperation must be established between the United Nations, NGOs, the academic world and the private sector, especially young generations.

Forum on Sino-European Relations and the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Irina Bokova, former Director General of UNESCO, Joël Ruet and Jean-Claude Beaujour, lawyer and Vice-President of the France-Americas Foundation, were among the keynote speakers of the Bridge Tank’s forum on the Sino-European relations and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on them. This event, co-hosted with the Chinese Embassy to France, gathered politicians and experts to discuss about the evolution of globalisation, green investment and finance, human exchanges and green transitions in France, China and the European Union. This forum took place on the 15th of October 2020.

Hybrid Forum – The Bridge Tank gathers 30 personalities & experts to explore EU-China relations and engage with 150 practitioners

The Bridge Tank gathered Irina Bokova, former Director General of UNESCO, Brune Poirson, Vice-President of the United Nations Environment Assembly and former Secretary of State to the French Minister for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition, Edmond Alphandery former Minister for the Economy, François Loos, former French Minister for Industry and former Minister Delegate for Foreign Trade, Brice Lalonde, former Minister for the Environment, Jean-Claude Beaujour, lawyer and Vice-President of the France-Americas Foundation, Joël Ruet, Sylvie Bermann, former French Ambassador to China, the United Kingdom and Russia, Stéphane Gompertz, former French Ambassador to Austria and Ethiopia and Africa Director at the Quai d’Orsay, Geneviève des Rivières, former Canadian Ambassador and President of the Latin America and Caribbean Institute, Raphaël Schoentgen, former CTO and Executive Committee Member of ENGIE and former President of Hydrogen Europe, Thomas Melonio, Innovation, Research and Knowledge Executive Director of the French Development Agency, Deborah Furet, Research Director of the EHESS, and Emmanuel Dupuy, President of the Prospective and Security in Europe Institute, among the keynote speakers of The Bridge Tank’s forum.  

On this occasion, the experts and political figures exchanged about the changing globalisation, green investment and finance, evolving human exchanges and green transitions in France, China and the European Union.

This event, co-organises with the Chinese Embassy in Paris, focused on the Sino-European relations and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on them, and took place on the 15th of October 2020. 

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

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