The Sahel would benefit from new multilateral institutions that head off instability by addressing the problems of environmental stress in the region
The total absence of European policies to address climate-driven migration from Africa is deeply concerning
Paris climate deal reflects the modern, less legalistic environment for international deal-making
China and India won’t give up burning coal anytime soon – how should the Paris climate conference respond?
Cancun will not achieve a global deal, but that should not mean that the EU gives up. By pursuing bilateral deals, particularly with China, and engaging with civil society, Europe can make progress on climate change even in the absence of worldwide agreement. Such innovative approaches might even strengthen the multilateral approach in the longer term.
We only have one planet. But we are managing it by outdated means: sovereignty was good at controlling feudal lords a couple of hundred years ago. Perhaps it is in the area of the climate change that the supranational EU can be a model for the rest of the world?