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Action-oriented Research Agenda Presented at Inaugural UN Business for Peace Annual Meeting in Istanbul

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01 Oct 2014  From 29-30 September 2014, the Head of The Hague Institute’s Global Governance Program, Dr. Richard Ponzio, participated in the inaugural annual meeting of the United Nations Business for Peace (B4P) community, which now includes some 17 national Business for Peace Networks. Bringing together business and civil society leaders, scholars, and representatives from across the UN system, the meeting sought to:

Climate and Development: Connecting Two Sides of the Sustainability Coin

Opening of UN Climate Summit 2014.
UN Photo/Mark Garten

30 Sep 2014  | by Ting Zhang


On 23 September, over 120 world leaders gathered at the UN Climate Summit and voiced their concerns about climate change and the measures they are taking to tackle it. The Summit, hosted by the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and which is not part of the formal United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) negotiations, aimed to raise political momentum and to galvanize action as the major global climate agreement is to be reached in Paris in December next year. 


The Politicization of Humanitarian Access in Myanmar: A Regional Security Crisis in the Making?

Photo:  UNHCR

25 Sep 2014  |  by Katharina Nachbar


On 30 August 2014, Myanmar’s government released the preliminary results of the country’s first national census since 1983, but it has been overshadowed by controversy: despite pressure from rights organizations, individuals were not allowed to identify as members of Myanmar’s Muslim ‘Rohingya’ community. The Burmese government had taken the decision at the last minute due to fears that an inclusion of the Rohingya could spark inter-communal violence.


The Greek Presidency of the Council of the EU: Performance in the Field of Global Governance

Photo: T.M.C. Asser Instituut
23 Sep 2014   | by Hague Institute Staff


On 18 September, Dr. Joris Larik, senior researcher in the Global Governance Program, reviewed the Greek Presidency of the Council of the European Union regarding its performance in the area of global governance. He did so as a respondent to the Ambassador of Greece to the Netherlands, H.E. Ambassador Teresa Angelatou, at the “Presidency Lecture Series” organized by the T.M.C. Asser Instituut and the Centre for the Law of the EU External Relations (CLEER) in cooperation with the Embassy of the Hellenic Republic in The Hague.


The Impact of Scottish Independence on Future Natural Resource Conflicts

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18 Sep 2014  | by Natalie Palmer


Today, 18 September, the people of Scotland will cast their votes to decide whether or not Scotland should leave the United Kingdom to become an independent state. On the surface, it may seem obscure to link countries in Africa, the Middle East or South America to the process of Scottish independence. The fundamental reason for doing so, however, is natural resources. 


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