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Germany’s global partners. Who should the next federal government co-operate with on sustainability?

What partners does Germany need, and what partners need Germany in order to tackle the global challenges of the 2020s? Sven Grimm and Wulf Reiners explain why the need for joint action at global level and with central bilateral partners is set to increase further in the coming legislature period – independent of party-political considerations.

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Federal Conference on Municipal Development Policy

How exactly and to what extent do German local authorities promote development policy? Is there a discernible trend here? What motivates local authorities and how can existing work be stepped up further? Eva Dick, Paul Marschall and Christopher Wingens share insights into a current DIE study on municipal development policy in Germany.

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Six facts on oceans, life and livelihoods

The ocean covers over 70% of the planet and produces at least 50% of the planet’s oxygen. For this and many other important reasons, and to celebrate the World Oceans Day, our UNU-EHS expert Dr. Jack O’Connor explains some interesting facts about the ocean and its relationship with life and livelihoods.

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GLOMOS programme supports international humanitarian relief efforts in Saint Vincent volcano eruption

Since April the La Soufrière volcano, located in the north of the largest island of the country of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines in the Caribbean, has erupted multiple times. Strong explosions generated ash plumes, which are not only impacting the entire island of Saint Vincent, but also transporting massive amounts of ash to the neighboring island country of Barbados in the Lesser Antilles of the West Indies.

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Climate and Disaster Risk Financing Instruments: An Overview

As climate change increases the frequency and impacts of large scale natural hazards, it is critical that governments put in place or update actionable, comprehensive, transparent and inter-ministerial disaster risk management (DRM) plans. For these plans to be implementable and cost-effective, governments should include a climate and disaster risk financing (CDRF) strategy as an integral component of their DRM plan. This document provides a brief overview of the instruments that are available and may be considered as part of the CDRF strategy.

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Digitalization and Artificial Intelligence

Openness: A Key Factor for Smart Cities

In this chapter, the concept of openness in the context of smart cities is introduced. The concept describes on multiple levels how open (or closed) a city is. Openness in smart cities incorporates three key dimensions – transparency, participation, and collaboration – which affect various domains such as data processing or service provision. Using examples from ongoing and previous research, this chapter also discusses how to realize openness in practice and what benefits and drawbacks can result from different degrees of openness.

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Mobility and Migration

Peace Report 2021 \ Europe can do more!

“Europe can do more!” This is what the four leading German peace research institute call for in their current Peace Report, which they presented at the Federal Press Conference in Berlin on 8 June 2021. The European Union must increase its ability to act within the global power structure to respond to global challenges by providing non-military solutions.

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Worse is worse and better doesn’t matter?

Increasing consumers’ willingness to pay (WTP) for environmentally friendly products is a key challenge for sustainable development in market economies. Still, how consumers react to favorable and unfavorable environmental information of different quantitative extents is largely unknown. This research therefore uses prospect theory and competing theoretical foundations to derive pertinent hypotheses and test them by using a multi-level structural equation model.

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