President Biden unveiled a new $2 trillion American Jobs Plan on Wednesday, March 31, focused on infrastructure, the care economy, the climate and, as the name implies, creating desperately needed, good jobs. Previous U.S.
The next months will be crucial for the T20 think tank community to produce policy recommendations in view of the Italian G20 Summit in October. This series of T20-associated events (closed-door and public Roundtables) will offer the occasion to broaden participation in the T20 and add new voices of international experts, civil servants, and representatives of the private sector.
This article introduces the outcomes of the studies conducted on Mongolia’s education sector, focusing on organizational methods, challenges of the training processes, and the transition to online schooling during the pandemic.
With the development of globalisation and the course of world history, the concept of food security has transformed and evolved. From a simple interpretation as food security (notably developed by Thomas Malthus) came a comprehensive understanding of food security, meaning not just the ability to ensure biological survival, but also the availability/affordability of food, its nutritional quality and sustainability of food systems. This is the approach taken by the UN and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).
Drawing perspectives is not an easy task in a pandemic era characterized by a high level of unpredictability. Who could imagine that an unknown virus would make simple traveling between Russia and the EU nearly impossible for a few months, rebuilding to a certain extent a form of iron (health) curtain just thirty years after the fall of the Soviet Union? Although the pandemic has fueled additional volatility into our lives, this period has also confirmed some of the key trends that are likely to shape the future of this economic relationship.
Climate change is affecting the entire South Caucasus region, which includes vast mountain ecosystems and remote coastal areas. The human security implications of climate change are likely to become more pronounced over time.
The MED This Week newsletter provides expert analysis and informed comments on the MENA region’s most critical issues and trends. Today, we turn the spotlight on Jordan - a linchpin for the region - where rumours of a conspiracy to oust the king have brought the country’s structural weaknesses to the fore.
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To hear many actors and observers tell it, the Sahel’s root problem is a “crisis of governance”. In fact, there appears to be near-consensus on this question – Sahelian governments, Western governments, think tanks, NGOs and citizens’ movements, journalists, and academics are all quick to identify “good governance” as the ultimate solution to the region’s multi-layered conflicts and waves of instability.
Of the six government defaults recorded in the world in 2020, four were in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). Not just that: in 2020 four other countries in the region benefitted from the debt service suspension initiative (DSSI) set up by the G20. Indeed, according to the latest World Economic Outlook (IMF, April 6, 2021), in 2020 general government gross debt in the area as a whole rose by about 9 percentage points of GDP, giving Latin America and the Caribbean the unenviable record of most indebted region in the developing world.
The pandemic has caused a very large increase in public and private debt all over the world. The G20 is deeply involved, in particular, in dealing with sustainability issues of poorest countries’ debt. In order to advance on this front, several measures are under discussion, including debt cancellation, various forms of restructuring, international risk sharing, and an increase in common debt issued via multilateral financial institutions.