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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 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.

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

Plight of Madagascar: Severe Drought, Raging Famine and Lack of Adaptation Funds
Nov 24, 2021

Plight of Madagascar: Severe Drought, Raging Famine and Lack of Adaptation Funds

Reeling under droughts and famines, Madagascar finds itself in desperate need of long-term adaptation funds.

Post-COVID19 Recovery: Harnessing the Power of Investment in Sustainable Infrastructure
Apr 10, 2023

Post-COVID19 Recovery: Harnessing the Power of Investment in Sustainable Infrastructure

Infrastructure investments are required to enable economic growth and provide the services required by a growing population. The infrastructure already available is threatened by climate change, damaging existing assets and reducing future productivity. Investment in new infrastructure has to increase to fill the gap; as this occurs, the operation and maintenance cost of infrastructure are also expected to rise. Furthermore, as resources are scar

Power crisis in Bangladesh: बांग्लादेश में गहरे बिजली संकट का आर्थिक और रणनीतिक प्रभाव
Dec 27, 2022

Power crisis in Bangladesh: बांग्लादेश में गहरे बिजली संकट का आर्थिक और रणनीतिक प्रभाव

बांग्लादेश को अपनी ऊर्जा सुरक्षा मज़बूत करने पर निवेश कर

Pragmatic approach to combat climate-change: Former Secretary
Jan 31, 2015

Pragmatic approach to combat climate-change: Former Secretary

India, China and the US share a similar perspective on balancing economic interests with climate-action, seeking a pragmatic approach to combat climate change through plausible self-determined contributions that are cognizant of national interests, says former Union Environment Secretary N R Krishnan.

Prevent Zoonoses: Now or never
Jul 06, 2023

Prevent Zoonoses: Now or never

The G20 has the potential to leverage its influence and resources to address the root causes of zoonotic diseases through joint initiatives and take p

Priorities for Prime Minister Hasina's New Term in Bangladesh
May 09, 2024

Priorities for Prime Minister Hasina's New Term in Bangladesh

Sohini Bose, Ed., “Priorities for Prime Minister Hasina's New Term in Bangladesh,” ORF Special Report No. 225, May 2024, Observer Research Foundation.

Promoting a ‘GDP of the Poor’: The imperative of integrating ecosystems valuation in development policy
Mar 17, 2020

Promoting a ‘GDP of the Poor’: The imperative of integrating ecosystems valuation in development policy

This paper argues in favour of integrating valuation of ecosystem services in development policy planning in India. The paper presents three cases where monetary values of ecosystem services have been estimated to illustrate the significance of the exercise: the Terai Arc Landscape (TAL) in Uttarakhand, the Kunigal Wetlands in Karnataka, and the Indian Sundarbans Delta (ISD) in West Bengal. The first two cases highlight the ecosystem-livelihoods

Protecting coasts can give BIMSTEC an urgent sense of purpose
Oct 28, 2020

Protecting coasts can give BIMSTEC an urgent sense of purpose

Millions living around the Bay of Bengal need urgent protection from climate change impacts such as sea level rise and more severe cyclones

Re-imagining Climate Finance
Aug 16, 2023

Re-imagining Climate Finance

The international community has been engaged in negotiations around climate finance for three decades now, and working definitions continue to assign the role of funder to advanced economies, and that of recipient, to emerging ones. This brief makes a case for expanding such narrow definitions. It calls on countries such as India to re-imagine not only the idea of climate finance but also the mechanisms of raising funds and the channels f

Rebooting the forests and tree cover agenda for climate action
Nov 03, 2021

Rebooting the forests and tree cover agenda for climate action

Forests and tree cover can be leveraged in a proactive manner by developing countries like India to boost their climate action compliances and support

Refashioning ODA for ‘just financing’ in 2024
Jan 16, 2024

Refashioning ODA for ‘just financing’ in 2024

2024 could turn out to be a pivotal year for development finance as it would be interesting to see how countries direct their ODA allocations alongsid

Reframing climate finance to amplify voices of SIDS
Jun 01, 2024

Reframing climate finance to amplify voices of SIDS

Immediate action is needed to rethink frameworks to prioritise vulnerability indices, increase resilience funding, and align climate finance with SIDS

Reframing the Climate Debate
Jun 14, 2014

Reframing the Climate Debate

The Observer Research Foundation (ORF), India and the Stanley Foundation, USA co-hosted an international workshop on climate change on February 25-27, 2014 in New Delhi. The central objective of the workshop was to unbundle the different policy responses resulting from the multilateral negotiations thus far and their impact upon the evolution of existing and future multilateral frameworks. This Policy Brief aims to capture some of the salient per

Reimagine cities, rethink urban policymaking, realign its purpose
Jan 28, 2021

Reimagine cities, rethink urban policymaking, realign its purpose

It is about recognising that while cities offer economic opportunities to millions, they come with poor and overcrowded housing, lack of safe water an