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19 September 2019

Failing to reform the UN

An expert workshop on reinvigorating the UN, offered an opportunity for scholars, think tanks and members of civil society to revisit the many contradictions that plague it 75 years after it was formed. An assessment of some of the issues that persist

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24 November 2016

Carbon emissions: from intention to action

November was a significant month for climate change negotiations: the Paris Agreement of 2015 came into effect, and at this year’s COP22, heads of state reaffirmed their commitment to a plan of action. Gateway House traces the history of climate change negotiations and CO2 emission trends over the last four and a half decades.

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4 October 2016

UN Sec-Gen Guterres: top of the nine

Competing for attention with the U.S. election is the vitally important global election for the next Secretary-General of the United Nations, due out in October. Incumbent Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, whose tenure will be over in December, is being replaced at a time when the UN is losing credibility and battling perceptions of being weak and ineffectual. The much coveted post therefore offers a chance to remake a great institution, and in effect, change the world.  Gateway House takes a look at the nine candidates in the fray.

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21 July 2016

UNCLOS, undone by China?

China's refusal to accept the ruling of The Hague greatly harms its international reputation and will fuel regional concerns about China's rise. Nationalist sentiments stirred up by a sustained media campaign heighten the risk of a confrontation, but there is also a possibility for the Philippines to use its new leverage to its advantage through new negotiations.

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14 April 2016

Measuring happiness

The World Happiness Report 2016 has listed India at 118th place – the lowest rank among BRICS. While there is a strong case for holistic metrics that map actual well-being, research in happiness needs to be taken with a pinch of scepticism.

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2 December 2015

India’s Climate Commitments

The 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference has begun with a strong first step. Take a look at the how India has moved forward from COP20, Lima to COP21, Paris. The conference began on 30 November and will end on 11 December.