New Blog Post: On the Challenges and Opportunities to Curb Global Pollution

challopportGlobal pollution has become one of the leading causes of death worldwide, responsible for health complications and diseases that kill 1 out of every 6 people globally. In some countries, air pollution alone is already responsible for 25% of yearly deaths.

Co-founder Miguelángel Verde Garrido explains, in this blog post, that the the health and environmental implications of air, water, light, and noise pollution as well as those of electronic waste global politics are challenges that global politics must consider to effectively curb this somber and grave threat, However, data collection and public awareness, developments in technology, and national and international politics, provide opportunities to confront and overcome the world’s greatest silent killer.

The blog post, entitled ‘Confronting the World’s Greatest Silent Killer: Challenges and Opportunities to Curb Global Pollution’, is available here.

(Photo credits: Flickr | CIFOR; and, Flickr | UN Women)

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Blog Post Series: Human Rights and Global Politics

frankieleon - flickrThe Berlin Forum on Global Politics welcomes a new contributor to our blog, Adam S. Wilkins, as we launch a blog post series related to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and a global political initiative to reaffirm support for the Declaration and the observance of human rights.

Adam starts the blog post series explaining the historical background of the UDHR, the nature of its political context, and the politics of its ratification, and poses questions about where the Declaration stands today. The blog post, entitled ‘The Universal Declaration of Human Rights: The Historical Background and the Challenge Today’, is available here.

For more information on the global political initiative, which will be explained in detail in another blog post, please visit the website of the RECLAIM! Universal Human Rights Initiative.

(Photo credit: frankieleon| Flickr)

Looking Forward to 2018 – And So Should You!

coexistThis year, 2017, brought upon many changes, lessons, and challenges in political terms. During 2018, the Berlin Forum will redouble its efforts and deliver more public research and exchanges to clarify global politics and contribute to democracy, international understanding, and cooperation between countries and their civil societies.

In the New Year, 2018, we will share details about new international collaborations, an upcoming public event and discussion about sustainable development, a worldwide citizen initiative on human rights, new blog post series, and several others.

We wish our friends, religious and secular, the very best during the winter and new year celebrations, and look forward to continuing to better understand the world and shape a better tomorrow with you!

(Photo credit: Variation of designs by Piotr Młodożeniec and Jerry Jaspar)

New Blog Post: Trump: A New Climate of Doubt

globalwarmingtweet2The election of Donald J. Trump cast a long shadow over recent negotiations at the Marrakech Climate Change Conference (COP22).

Before the third blog post of the series “Global Challenges of Climate Change”, our guest contributor, William Hull, assesses the new climate realities of a Trump presidency, the potential consequences for the Paris Agreement, and the on-going climate actions of U.S. corporations and citizens.

William also considers, in this blog post, the opportunities left for China, the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases, and lingering questions concerning the future role of the U.S. in climate diplomacy. The blog post, entitled ‘Trump: A New Climate of Doubt’, is available here.

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New Blog Post: On the US Presidential Election

23872390719_6a5c73e28b_hDonald John Trump’s victory in the 2016 United States presidential elections has shocked the country and the world. The offensive discourse that characterized the President-elect’s campaign has left the US starkly divided. Women and minorities are rightly concerned about their human and civil rights. Days and nights of protests have followed the electoral result.

The international community is also concerned about the implications of a foreign policy that would be characterized by stalwart insularity and disengagement from the political, economic, and military alliances and strategies that the US has nurtured since the end of World War II.   

Co-founder Miguelángel Verde Garrido explains, in this blog post, what are the potential implications of President-elect Trump’s victory to democracy, the state of the union, and human and civil rights in the US, as well as some of the potential implications of the Trump administration for global politics. The blog post, entitled ‘Time to be Brave in the Land of the Free’, is available here.

(Photo credit: Chris Piascik | Flickr)

New Blog Posts: On the Brexit

flickr | freestocks orgFor the first time in the history of the European Union, a member state is set to leave the organization. The novelty of United Kingdom’s withdrawal, better known as Brexit, has left many in the European and international community puzzled as to the causes of the referendum results and the political and economic implications of this situation.

Co-founder Miguelángel Verde Garrido analyzes, in two blog posts, various aspects of the Brexit. The first blog post offers an overview of the main social and political facts of the referendum campaigns and results. In the second blog post, Miguel discusses the main reasons for the Brexit and places the issue in a wider context. He argues that the referendum results should be a lesson for every liberal democracy that is failing to deliver its promises and where citizens have forgotten the importance and consequences of their civic responsibilities.

The first part, ‘Brexit, A Web Of Lies, And A Disunited Kingdom’, is available here, and the second part, ‘Lesson Learned: Brexit Was About Much More Than The EU’, is available here.

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New Blog Post: Climate Finance – Shifting for a Fix

23625949416_54e933fdff_kIn the second blog post of the series “Global Politics of Climate Change“, our guest contributor, William Hull, sheds light on the most recent developments in climate finance. This is one of the trickier points in climate negotiations, which has historically represented a challenge in cooperation between developed and developing countries.

William explains, in this blog post, how this issue was tackled during the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris (COP21) while looking at the next steps in the build-up to the Marrakesh Climate Change Conference (COP22) later this year. The blog post, entitled ‘Climate Finance: Shifting for a Fix’, is available here.

The next blog post in the series will focus on climate action and sustainable development.

(Photo credit: Takver | Flickr)