The fourth Global Environment Outlook: environment for development (GEO-4) warns about the major threats to the planet such as climate change, the rate of extinction of species and the challenge of feeding a growing population. The UNEP’s publication is a comprehensive and authoritative UN report on environment, prepared by about 390 experts. It identifies priorities for action and describes the changes since 1987, 20 years after the WCED produced its seminal report (Our Common Future).
DI - 29/10/2007
The Migrant Integration Policy Index (MIPEX) measures policies to integrate migrants in 25 EU Member States and 3 non-EU countries (Canada, Norway and Switzerland). It uses over 100 policy indicators and covers 6 policy areas. The MIPEX is produced by a consortium of 25 organisations, led by the British Council and Migration Policy Group (MPG).
DI - 26/10/2007
The 2008 edition of the World Development Report (WDR) –published by the World Bank (WB) on 19 October- calls for an ‘agriculture for development’ agenda in developing countries. The report states that promoting agriculture is imperative for meeting the Millennium Development Goal of halving poverty and hunger by 2015.
DI - 22/10/2007
The WIR07 analyses the latest trends in foreign direct investment (FDI) and puts a special focus in 2007 on the role of transnational corporations (TNCs) in the extraction of oil, gas, and metal minerals. The UNCTAD’s World Investment Report series focuses on trends in foreign direct investment (FDI) worldwide and at the regional and country levels, as well as emerging measures to improve FDI´s contribution to development.
DI - 22/10/2007
The recent World
Economic Outlook (WEO) –presented on October 2007- stresses that the forecast
for global economy growth has little been affected by the latest turbulence in
financial markets. The baseline projection for 2008 global growth has been
reduced by almost a half percentage point relative to the July 2007 WEO Update.
DI - 22/10/2007
global financial stability has endured an important test, according to the
September 2007 Global Financial Stability Report (GFSR). Since the April
and market risks have risen and markets have become more volatile.The potential
consequences of this episode should not be underestimated and the adjustment process
is likely to be protracted.
DI - 16/10/2007
The annual Commitment to Development (CDI) rates 21 rich countries on their dedication to policies that benefit poorer nations. Each rich country gets scores in seven policy areas (aid, trade, investment, migration environment, security and technology), which are averaged for an overall score. This year edition –published on 15 October- is focused on environment.
DI - 15/10/2007
The 2007 edition of the Trade
and Development Report, subtitled “Regional cooperation for development”,
recommends that developing countries should strengthen regional cooperation
with other developing countries, but proceed carefully with regard to
North-South bilateral or regional preferential trade agreements.
DI - 12/10/2007
The cost of conflict on
African development was approximately US$300 billion between 1990 and 2005,
according to this study which calculate for the first time the overall effects
of conflict on GDP. The new research by Oxfam
International, IANSA and Saferworld also stresses that this cost
is equal to the amount of money received in international aid during the same
DI - 11/10/2007
This report aims
to measure public opinion on culture and values within Europe, in order to
ascertain both their opinions and behaviour in this area. It examines how Europeans
conceive of the idea of culture, their interest in culture both in Europe and
beyond, and issues of cultural exchange. Published on 27 September, the survey
was carried out in the 27 Member states on February-March 2007.
DI - 11/10/2007
The recent issue of this
International Poverty Centre (IPC) publication presents
12 articles summarising some of the most important recent research results
and commentaries on the effectiveness of international development cooperation against
the background of high-level promises of rapidly increasing aid, including
policy conclusions and recommendations for enhancing the impact of aid on the
Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
DI - 5/10/2007
This report reviews the Bush
Administration proposal of deploying a a ground based mid-course defence (GMD) element of the larger Ballistic Missile Defence System (BMDS)
in Europe to defend against an Iranian missile threat. The GMD plan has
encountered resistance in some European countries and also affected the U.S –
DI - 5/10/2007
This upward revision of the Asian Development Outlook 2007 reflects
the exceptional performance in both the People's Republic of China (PRC) and
India, which are again propelling growth in the region. It also cautions that
growth in 2008 is seen slowing gently to 8.2%, and stresses that developing
Asia's growth prospects will continue to depend on how well it copes with its
own domestic challenges.
DI - 4/10/2007
The aim of the fifth edition
survey is to give a full comparative picture of debates on European issues –such
as the future of Europe at the end of the German presidency or the climate
change and the EU’s energy policy- in the member states of the EU and two
candidates countries (Croatia and Turkey). This project is coordinated by
Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP) and Institutes from all 27 EU member
states –including the Elcano Royal
Institute- as well as Croatia and Turkey.
DI - 3/10/2007
This report examines homeland security
and counterterrorist measures in six European countries: Belgium, France,
Germany, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom. Published on July 2006, the
document also highlights the differences between U.S. and European approaches
to these issues.
DI - 2/10/2007
According to the 2007 Corruption Perceptions Index -released
on 26 September by Transparency
International- a strong correlation between corruption and poverty
continues to be evident. Somalia and Myanmar share the lowest score of 1.4,
while Denmark has edged up to share the top score of 9.4 with perennial
high-flyers Finland and New Zealand. The 2007 CPI looks at perceptions
of public sector corruption in 180 countries and territories and is a composite
index that draws on 14 expert opinion surveys, which scores countries on a
scale from 0 to 10.
DI - 1/10/2007
This publication of the Statistical Office of the European
Communities contains information on EU-27, EU-25, EU Member States and
Candidate Countries, as well as Iceland and Norway, in the form of time series.
This data is focused on the principal components of the energy balance and the
evolution of the main energy indicators since 2000, and the trends in energy
supply and consumption, by fuel.