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National Policies and Regional Integration in the South African Development Community

02 Jul 2015

United Nations University, World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER); Authors: Trudy Hartzenberg and Paul Kalenga

This paper focuses on the relationship between regional integration in the Southern African Development Community and national policies. Review of trade, industrial, agricultural, labour, and related policy areas, indicates that national policies can and do run counter to the regional integration initiatives that are formalized in the legal instruments of this southern African regional economic community.

Mind the gap? A Comparison of International and National Targets for the SDG Agenda

22 Jun 2015

Overseas Development Institute (ODI); Authors: Andrew Scott et al.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will set the global development agenda for the next 15 years. Although SDG ambition will be realised at the national level, during their formulation little consideration has been given to how governments set targets and what existing national targets tell us about levels of political ambition. This paper compares existing policy commitments and targets at the national level with corresponding SDG targets to assess the gap between national and global ambition. The aim is to draw a political baseline of SDG ambition to inform the UN target setting process and provide a global snapshot that aids comparisons of ambition between countries.

Africa and Europe Combating Climate Change. Towards a Common Agenda in 2015

08 Jun 2015

European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM); Authors: Fabien Tondel et al.

Climate change is a priority area of the Africa EU relations. Despite a mixed record, the dialogue framed by the Joint Africa-EU Strategy (JAES) has illustrated how an interregional partnership could contribute to the multilateral climate regime through cooperation at a more practical level. Based on their respective and shared experiences, beyond the JAES, Africa and Europe could offer solutions and compromises that break some of the deadlocks in the UN negotiations. This could level the playing field for all actors and promote coherence, effectiveness and equity in global development and climate policies.

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