The Private Sector’s Murky Role in Climate Finance

The Private Sector’s Murky Role in Climate Finance

While the costs of mitigating and adapting to climate change rise and thus the need for climate finance in developing countries grows, wealthy governments shift focus from public support to private finance. But can the private sector meet the needs of those most...
Janet Redman provides live updates from the UN Climate Summit, Doha

Janet Redman provides live updates from the UN Climate Summit, Doha

UPDATE Friday, November 30, 2012, 11:30 AM ET: Janet Redman, Co-Director of the Sustainable Energy and Economy Network, will be at the UN Climate Summit in Doha, Qatar, providing live updates from the conference and advocating for innovatice sources of finance – such...

The Food Crisis and Global Institutions

The food crisis reflects a breakdown in our global food system that threatens to worsen poverty, hunger, climate change, and insecurity. Global institutions and governments are responding, yet their answers are vastly inadequate. For decades, trade and investment...

The Dracula Round

Like the good Count of Transylvania, the World Trade Organization’s Doha Round of negotiations has died more than once. It first collapsed during the WTO ministerial meeting held in Cancun in September 2003. After apparently coming back from the dead, many...

Derail Doha, Save the Climate

There’s something surreal about the ongoing World Trade Organization talks in Geneva, which aim at coming up with a new agreement to bring down tariffs in order to expand world trade and resuscitate global growth. In the face of the looming specter of climate...

The WTO’s Raw Deal on Services

Desperate to clinch a new global trade deal, World Trade Organization chief Pascal Lamy is planning to convene a “mini-ministerial” meeting in the third week of July. The aim of the meeting is to come up with agreements to liberalize trade in agriculture,...

Food and Trade: Dialogue

FPIF asked Anuradha Mittal of the Oakland Institute and Gawain Kripke of Oxfam whether international trade is good for agriculture or not. In her essay, Mittal argues that free trade is hazardous to farmers and farming. In his essay, Kripke sees a role for trade in...

Trade Can Play A Role in Agricultural Development

FPIF asked Anuradha Mittal of the Oakland Institute and Gawain Kripke of Oxfam the following questions: Is it possible or desirable to construct an agricultural subsidy system in the North that protects small farmers in both the North and South? Is there a role for...

Free Trade Doesn’t Help Agriculture

FPIF asked Anuradha Mittal of the Oakland Institute and Gawain Kripke of Oxfam the following questions: Is it possible or desirable to construct an agricultural subsidy system in the North that protects small farmers in both the North and South? Is there a role for...

Let Developing Countries Grow the Same Way that We Did

Yesterday, the world’s trade ministers began meeting in Hong Kong to make a final attempt to salvage world trade talks. For many poorer nations, no deal will be better than the bad deal on the table. Disgruntled over the effects of the last series of global...