Climate Change and its Implications: Which way now? Praveen Jha

The impact of climate change on the world of today and the future is undeniable. Stipulated emission reduction targets for developed countries are still too modest under the Kyoto Protocol and the US, the world’s largest polluter remains outside the agreement. The scientific community warns that a global coordinated response with participation of the major emitters and rapidly growing economies of China and India is the only way forward to avoid the worse predicted effects of global warming. This paper reviews the debates and attempts to trace the path to the future. climate_change (Download the full text in PDF format)

Summits, Sustainable Development and Stability Jayati Ghosh

The weariness and cynicism the phrase arouses are almost palpable. "Another UN Summit" people say, as their eyes glaze over and they shrug their shoulders, barely having the enthusiasm to enquire about the objectives, the means to be adopted, or even the participants. And at one level, such impatience with UN Summits is completely understandable. In the past decade, there have been at least seven major UN Summits, including the first Earth Summit in Rio in 1992, the Population Summit in Cairo in 1995, the Social Summit in Copenhagen and the Women’s Conference in Beijing in 1995, the Habitat II…