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U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon with Chinese president Xi Jinping, President of the People's Republic of China, and U.S. president Barack Obama at a special Paris Agreement ceremony. Credit: U.N. Photo

The Triumph of COP 21

by |October 18th, 2016

With the European Union’s ratification of the Paris Agreement on October 5, the document reflecting worldwide effort on climate change will be legally binding next month.

Delegates convene at the follow-up and review session of the post-2015 development agenda, at UN Headquarters.

Intergovernmental Negotiations on Sustainable Development Goals from the Sideline

by |August 26th, 2015

I was sitting across from various diplomats of the United Nations (UN) member states in conference room 4 at the UN Headquarters in New York. With interpreters speaking rapidly in the background and everyone scanning through the volumes of notes sitting in front of them, the atmosphere was electric with buzz of policy ideas and back and forth discussions about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and targets.

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It’s the Indicators, Stupid: A Simplistic Overview of the Sustainable Development Goals

by |August 26th, 2015

In some ways, the world is getting better. It’s something that I tend to forget sometimes. Amid all the doom-ridden headlines and the pictures of polar bears treading water, literacy rates are improving, people are escaping extreme poverty and our path as a society has continually become more equal and less violent with an improved quality of life.