Our SEI researchers share their expert opinons and perspectives on a broad range of issues and topics.


Seven ways to turn the Global Goals from words to action

Written by Caspar Trimmer, Nina Weitz and Åsa Persson Friday, 25 September 2015 08:46

How can individual countries go about implementing the Global Goals for Sustainable Development?

Agenda blog, World Economic Forum


3 key steps to a more sustainable economy

Written by Eric Kemp-Benedict Thursday, 24 September 2015 16:47

Goal 9 of the Sustainable Development Goals calls for "inclusive and sustainable industrialization" – what would this look like and how far can we go in the next 15 years?.


5 ways to help fund the Sustainable Development Goals

Written by Adis Dzebo Thursday, 24 September 2015 09:46

Relying too heavily on international private finance to fund climate action and other sustainable development in developing countries is a mistake. Instead, Least Developed Countries and Small Island Developing States need help to mobilize domestic finance.

Agenda blog, World Economic Forum


Taking action: why national ownership of the Sustainable Development Goals is vital to success

Written by Åsa Persson and Måns Nilsson Tuesday, 22 September 2015 16:34

Unless the SDGs can be turned into nationally relevant targets that mesh with existing priorities and processes, they risk becoming just another remote UN agenda.


Citizen science: what's it all about?

Written by Sarah West Wednesday, 26 August 2015 23:00

Volunteers and scientists are increasingly working together to monitor ecosystems and answer scientific questions.


Why the menstruation and sanitation revolutions need to talk

Written by Madeleine Fogde Wednesday, 26 August 2015 12:00

Menstrual hygiene management is finally being recognized as an urgent development challenge. But what are the implications for other sustainable development agendas – particularly sanitation?


Will 'bottom-up' climate action live up to its promise?

Written by Andrew Jordan and Harro van Asselt Sunday, 09 August 2015 23:00

As pledges towards the Paris climate agreement fall short of 2°C-level ambition, many hope that innovative actions by governments, businesses and civil society will fill the gap. Can they deliver?


Tackling energy subsidies: what role for international institutions?

Written by Harro van Asselt and Thijs Van de Graaf Monday, 13 July 2015 23:00

A workshop convened by the SEI Initiative on Fossil Fuels and Climate Change and the Research Network on Fragmentation and Complexity in Global Governance (REFRACT) brought together perspectives on the issue from international relations and international law.


Is natural gas really a bridge to a greener future?

Written by Michael Lazarus and Kevin Tempest Sunday, 31 May 2015 23:00

Gas firms say they’re cleaner than coal and offer a low carbon source of energy, but that’s just part of the story.


Challenges of measuring the environmental footprint of Sweden's food consumption

Written by Christel Cederberg Thursday, 02 April 2015 15:41

A team of researchers from the Department of Energy and Environment at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg is leading work within the PRINCE project on exploring indicators for the food and agricultural footprints of Swedish consumption. Team leader Christel Cederberg discusses opportunities and challenges presented by this work.

Accountability must be at the heart of the Paris climate pact

Written by Harro van Asselt, Håkon Sælen and Pieter Pauw Monday, 30 March 2015 16:00

The first pledges for the 2015 UN climate change agreement have started to trickle in. To ensure that the agreement is effective, countries need to provide for a robust assessment and review process for contributions.


Falling battery prices boost outlook for electric vehicles

Written by Björn Nykvist and Måns Nilsson Monday, 23 March 2015 12:02

The cost of batteries used in electric vehicles (EVs) has been dropping fast and is almost certainly well below the estimates used by many analysts. Policy-makers, transport and energy planners, and investors should take note.


The post-2015 agenda: Transforming DRR to reduce vulnerability

Written by Karlee Johnson Wednesday, 04 March 2015 00:00

DRR efforts are at a crossroads. The post-2015 framework presents an unique opportunity for making transformational changes to DRR approaches.


Make sure the SDGs are about action, not just words

Written by Åsa Persson Thursday, 19 February 2015 14:34

Most of the attention in the Sustainable Development Goals process so far has been on drafting. But if we can’t figure out how each country will go about achieving the goals, we might as well not bother.


Finance for sustainable development must reach poor and vulnerable families

Written by Paul Steele and Aaron Atteridge Tuesday, 10 February 2015 00:00

The model of climate and development finance for developing countries needs to be turned upside down post-2015 to reflect the heavy burden borne by the poorest.


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