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Sustainable development research

Shaping EU trade agreements to support human rights
Trade between Europe and developing countries should be shaped such that market shares are just and trade flows foster sustainable development. But this is not always the case. While developing countries have much to gain from trade, they can also suffer serious losses. This is especially apparent with regard to food security, which often depends largely on smallholders and informal markets in poorer countries. This policy brief sketches the link between trade and the right to food, and describes how integration of Human Rights Impact Assessments in EU trade policy can help ensure sustainable trade regimes that do not cause undue harm. 

What scale for water governance?

The journal Science has invited essays to debate key issues in freshwater research and management. An article by researchers of EAWAG, CDE, and other institutions discusses local and global perspectives on water governance. Water management has historically been the province of local and regional planners, managers, and end users. Yet emerging research suggests that understanding and meeting future water challenges could benefit from thinking in broader spatial domains. When, and to what extent, should a global viewpoint replace or complement localized perspectives?

Green Economy and Institutions for Sustainable Mountain Development

This report synthesizes expert findings on the importance of mountain regions for global green development and for achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It illustrates the crucial environmental services that mountains provide, especially relating to water, food and energy. It also highlights fields less commonly associated with mountains, such as mining, resource extraction and urbanization, as well as problems faced by many mountain regions such as poverty and migration.

Is a just world in sight?

A panel discussion on 9 September 2015, organized by the Swiss development organization Helvetas in collaboration with CDE, will spotlight the United Nations’ new Sustainable Development Goals. The SDGs address issues of growth and resource use, also placing obligations on industrialized countries. At the event, representatives from Swiss government, the scientific community, civil society, and the private sector will discuss past achievements and future challenges in realizing equitable and environmentally sustainable development.

OneMap Myanmar: New CDE project launched

On 25 June 2015, Myanmar’s Central Committee for Land Resource Management hosted the launch ceremony for the OneMap project. Implemented by CDE and funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), the project emphasizes provision of technical support to create an open-access spatial data platform on land issues. It is slated to last eight years. Myanmar’s Director General of the Forest Department, Dr. Nyi Nyi Kyaw, opened the launch ceremony. It was attended by 25 departments belonging to the Central Committee’s Inter-Ministerial Technical Working Group.
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