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Issues for Bangladesh
Nov 02, 2021

Issues for Bangladesh

As a leader of vulnerable nations, Bangladesh calls for greater commitment, ambitious targets, and solidarity of the global community to make the worl

Just Transition Declaration: Can it be the way towards achieving universal access to clean cooking fuels and technologies?
Feb 14, 2022

Just Transition Declaration: Can it be the way towards achieving universal access to clean cooking fuels and technologies?

Pursuing a transition to cleaner cooking fuels could help achieve long-term goals of an environmentally sustainable economy, social inclusion, and emp

Just Transition: Low bar for the Low Carbon Transition in India
Mar 22, 2022

Just Transition: Low bar for the Low Carbon Transition in India

The assumption that energy transition will also ensure social transition may prove to be inaccurate in the long-run

Leveraging Community Engagement in Swift and Skillful Disaster Response
Mar 04, 2024

Leveraging Community Engagement in Swift and Skillful Disaster Response

Jayashree Balasubramanian et al., “Leveraging Community Engagement in Swift and Skillful Disaster Response,” ORF Special Report, March 2024, Observer Research Foundation.

Leveraging the Global Macroeconomic Environment for Recovery and Growth: Opportunities for G20 Under India’s Presidency
Aug 04, 2022

Leveraging the Global Macroeconomic Environment for Recovery and Growth: Opportunities for G20 Under India’s Presidency

The global macroeconomy has undergone unprecedented change in recent years, particularly because of the COVID-19 pandemic. While the G20 had an effective coordinating role in steering the global economy through the 2008 global financial crisis, its role in engineering an inclusive and sustainable recovery from the pandemic has been more mixed. Incomes in the advanced G20 economies are on track to return to pre-pandemic levels by end-2022 but have

Lima conference should set reasonable expectations for Paris
Sep 20, 2014

Lima conference should set reasonable expectations for Paris

Climate change experts at a roundtable at Observer Research Foundation emphasised the need for maintaining a pragmatic attitude at the 20th Conference of the Parties of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change at Lima. According to them, the goal should be to set reasonable expectations that can be achieved in Paris.

Lima UNFCCC: Preparatory Consultations by Peruvian CoP Presidency
Sep 12, 2014

Lima UNFCCC: Preparatory Consultations by Peruvian CoP Presidency

Observer Research Foundation organised a closed door roundtable meeting of Indian Non-Government Experts on climate change with Amb. Antonio Garcia, Special Envoy for Climate Change, Peru.

Limits to efficiency: Rethinking current perspectives on climate action
Sep 19, 2018

Limits to efficiency: Rethinking current perspectives on climate action

Climate change and economic development are emotive subjects that are closely related: yet one is caused by the other. People’s lives are increasingly getting affected by the negative side-effects of climate change, particularly in developing countries which, at the same time, face enormous challenges to their aspirations for economic growth. Leading scientists agree that global warming is a reality and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are requir

Mainstreaming Gender in India-Africa Partnership for Energy Access
Jul 05, 2021

Mainstreaming Gender in India-Africa Partnership for Energy Access

The seventh of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) aims to ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all by 2030. This challenge is acute in the African continent, home to large populations without access to electricity and clean cooking fuel. This brief explores the scope for cooperation between India and Africa in not only achieving SDG 7, but while doing so, also considering the targets set by SDG 5 to

Making climate action count: Mainstreaming gender in climate action to accelerate climate compatible development
Aug 11, 2023

Making climate action count: Mainstreaming gender in climate action to accelerate climate compatible development

The first universal, legally binding global climate accord signed at the 21st session of the Conference of Parties (COP) in Paris in 2015 committed to long-term goals for “holding the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.” However, as world leaders prepare for the Facilitative Dialogue (FD) ahead o

Making India’s coastal infrastructure climate-resilient: Challenges and opportunities
Aug 12, 2019

Making India’s coastal infrastructure climate-resilient: Challenges and opportunities

In recent years, India’s coastal regions have become more vulnerable to multiple risks related to climate change. Intense and more frequent cyclones such as the recent Fani, Gaja and Hudhud as well as severe floods have caused massive devastation to the country’s coastal states. While efficient disaster preparedness in many of these states has helped save many lives, there remain significant challenges in rebuilding damaged infrastructure and

Maldives and Seychelles: Elevating relations to a strategic partnership
Jun 20, 2023

Maldives and Seychelles: Elevating relations to a strategic partnership

Since their long-term visions and concerns converge, elevating the bilateral relationship between Maldives and Seychelles to a strategic partnership i

Maldives: Politics takes a backseat as economy, tourism improve
Nov 09, 2021

Maldives: Politics takes a backseat as economy, tourism improve

With the gradual receding of the pandemic, Maldives in now focusing on pertinent issues such as climate change, economy, and tourism

MDB Reform: Needs, approaches, missteps
Mar 15, 2024

MDB Reform: Needs, approaches, missteps

While the recent push for MDB transformation is welcome and reform urgently needed, the IEG report’s recommendations should be evaluated more critic

MDGs: India should take the lead in South Asia
Oct 24, 2015

MDGs: India should take the lead in South Asia

The South Asian region lacks a common plan of action to deal with the impact of climate change despite possessing common ecological habitat. Africa and Latin America fare a tad better on this front. India should take the lead to create elaborate policies for joint management of common resources and ecological preservation.

Mekong-Ganga Dialogue: Need to desecuritize water dialogues
May 07, 2012

Mekong-Ganga Dialogue: Need to desecuritize water dialogues

A three-day Mekong-Ganga Dialogue has stressed the need for shifting thinking around river-basin development and climate change issues from narrow national security concerns to a regional perspective with ecological and social concerns.

Mobilising Resources for a Low-Carbon, Climate-Resilient Africa
Nov 02, 2021

Mobilising Resources for a Low-Carbon, Climate-Resilient Africa

Africa continues to face the sharp end of climate change and evidence suggests that the countries of the continent are already committing some resourc

Modernising the past through the bully pulpit: PM Modi’s big bets for the present
Jun 23, 2023

Modernising the past through the bully pulpit: PM Modi’s big bets for the present

By using modern tools, PM Modi has been able to revitalise traditional practices to address contemporary challenges

Money makes the world go round; lack of it could accelerate Earth’s demise
Nov 02, 2021

Money makes the world go round; lack of it could accelerate Earth’s demise

Climate change is already imposing an impossible toll on the world’s poorest and most vulnerable. It is no surprise that the key to averting catastr

More innovation required for green bonds
Oct 29, 2018

More innovation required for green bonds

India in the past few years has seen over-subscription of green bonds. This shows that there are high levels of interest in the issuance of green bond

Moving from pledges to implementation: Let's start by making the COPs net zero 
Nov 17, 2022

Moving from pledges to implementation: Let's start by making the COPs net zero 

One should ask, if you cannot have one net-zero event per year, how can one expect whole countries to become net zero?

Moving Gender Equity to the Mainstream of Climate Action
Sep 29, 2022

Moving Gender Equity to the Mainstream of Climate Action

India is among the countries in the world that are most vulnerable to the consequences of global warming. While there are notable efforts for both mitigation and adaptation, these have failed to consider issues of gender equity even as evidence shows that women and girls bear the disproportionate burden of climate change. This is a gap that needs to be bridged, given the complex interlinkages between climate and gender that encompass livelihoods,

Moving towards a stronger India-Japan partnership
Jun 17, 2013

Moving towards a stronger India-Japan partnership

The India-Japan partnership has matured into an important component of the new security and economic architecture of the Indo-Pacific region. For a long time, the partnership was centered on economic matters. But it has diversified to cover a wide spectrum of interests including security, counter terrorism, sea-lanes, UN reforms, energy security and climate change.

Muddling through Marrakech
Nov 25, 2016

Muddling through Marrakech

To those gathered in Marrakech to respond to what is inarguably one of the most important political and economic challenges of our times—climate change

NATO’s Eighth Strategic Concept: Changing force posture in Europe
Aug 20, 2022

NATO’s Eighth Strategic Concept: Changing force posture in Europe

NATO’s strategic concept may be well-timed but since it harps on defending every inch of allied territory, it may also become its biggest test.

Nature-based solutions for cities will require stringent systems
Oct 26, 2021

Nature-based solutions for cities will require stringent systems

If India intends to meet its climate pledges, well-planned nature-based interventions need to be employed by the ULBs for a sustainable future.

Network cities: Urban multilateralism for sustainable development
Jun 26, 2024

Network cities: Urban multilateralism for sustainable development

Urban multilateralism, through initiatives like sister city partnerships and resilience networks, can find solutions for climate action, economic equa

New funding mechanism could generate US$ 15 billion for climate action in Asia
May 02, 2023

New funding mechanism could generate US$ 15 billion for climate action in Asia

IF-CAP can be a key financing vehicle that boosts ADB’s ability to financially support Asia’s developing economies in addressing the climate chall

New urban climate policy: Making our cities “Tall, Green and Walkable
Jun 06, 2024

New urban climate policy: Making our cities “Tall, Green and Walkable

Over the next two decades, as most Indian cities will urbanise, we have a window of opportunity of making the cities “Tall, Green and Walkable”.

Non-traditional security in the Bay of Bengal
Dec 13, 2021

Non-traditional security in the Bay of Bengal

Natural and man-made disasters continue to plague the Indo-Pacific region; therefore, greater attention should be paid in addressing these problem are

Norway’s Arctic Council chairship: Priorities vs geopolitics
Jun 03, 2023

Norway’s Arctic Council chairship: Priorities vs geopolitics

As Norway takes over as the Chair of the Arctic Council, it will have to tread a fine line between its priorities and the geopolitics in the regions

Oil Supply Routes in the Asia Pacific: China’s Strategic Calculations
Jul 23, 2023

Oil Supply Routes in the Asia Pacific: China’s Strategic Calculations

This Paper examines the existing critiques of China's oil supply diversification strategies in the Asia Pacific. It deconstructs the growing energy relationship between China and the Middle East that has made the security of the Hormuz Strait and the Malacca Strait vital to China's energy security. It also analyses specific geographic and strategic chokepoints in China's oil supply route and concludes that supply diversification motivations are d

On Ecology and Environment as Drivers of Human Disease and Pandemics
May 24, 2023

On Ecology and Environment as Drivers of Human Disease and Pandemics

The COVID-19 pandemic has once again highlighted the increasing frequency of spillover of infectious disease from wild animals into humans. The SARS coronavirus type 2 (SARS-CoV-2) almost certainly “jumped” into humans from bats, evolved towards efficient human-to-human transmission, and caused a global pandemic. Ecological changes such as deforestation, increasing greenhouse gas emissions, and climate change are important drivers of disease

On the freeway to net zero
Jun 01, 2023

On the freeway to net zero

India can achieve net zero only if its renewable electricity capacity reaches 1,000 GW, a proper gigawatt-sized storage is available, and a resilient

Only India can save the Paris climate agreement
Jun 16, 2017

Only India can save the Paris climate agreement

Given the present leadership impasse, the world would be keenly following India’s role on climate action in key upcoming forums such as the G20 and COP23. As China looks for a global partner to leverage its influence at the international stage, India is poised to utilize this potential opportunity and fill the leadership void in global climate change governance.

Optimising Urban Agriculture: A Pathway to Food Security in India
Aug 17, 2023

Optimising Urban Agriculture: A Pathway to Food Security in India

As global and urban populations continue to grow, and climate change threatens food security, it is imperative that cities—often the largest food consumers—contribute to its production through urban agriculture. Urban agriculture comprises food and non-food products grown for self-consumption or sale. Entrepreneurs, non-governmental organisations, and citizens worldwide are adopting new technologies to optimise production amid space c

Perspectives on a green taxonomy for India
Nov 11, 2021

Perspectives on a green taxonomy for India

It’s imperative to draft a national taxonomy if India wants to walk the green talk.

Placing women at the centre of building resilient and inclusive cities
Jan 29, 2021

Placing women at the centre of building resilient and inclusive cities

Marginalised sections of the urban population, particularly women, are disproportionately affected by environmental degradation and extreme climate ch