Webinar On May 6, 2021 Outline – The conflict in Ethiopia’s northern state of Tigray is being fought on two interconnected fronts. The first is physical and on the ground, while the second is a dangerous information campaign projected via social media to influence, draw in and even direct international reaction. At the same time, the geopolitical interests of various major powers in the Horn of Africa, such as the US, China, the UK and France, remain largely hidden. As with similar situations elsewhere and before, the evolving strategic interests and decisions of these global actors will play a role either in achieving an equitable and sustainable solution to the violent dispute, or in escalating it.
On April 27th we will compare and contrast the petroleum and climate policies, performance and records of Norway and Canada. Both countries are major oil exporters, close to major markets. It will examine their different systems of governments, electoral systems and cultures. Discussion will include the most recent carbon commitments of each country in advance of COP 21, Including Canada’s latest 2030 emission reduction target and the measures in the April 19 budget to reach this target. Finally. it will outline lessons for Canada from the Norwegian experience, and also how Norway can build on its strengths.
Trade: Laura Macdonald, Professor, Political Science, Carleton University
Aid: Stephen Brown, Professor, Political Studies, University of Ottawa
Diplomacy: Bianca Mugyenyi, Director, Canadian Foreign Policy Institute
Defence: Peggy Mason, President, Rideau Institute on International Affairs
Environment: Angela Keller-Herzog, former Green Party Candidate and Co-coordinator CAFES
followed by Q&A
March 30 – Multinational companies, particularly the ‘digital giants’, avoid effective taxation of their profits and thus undermine fiscal provision of essential public services, particularly in developing countries. Despite G20 mandated multilateral negotiations at the OECD since 2012, progress has been slow – particularly during the Trump administration. In consequence a number of countries have recently introduced their own conflicting ‘digital levies’…
WEBINAR: Friday, March 12, 10h00-11h20 Via Zoom. The Canadian government has embraced ‘blended finance’ as a way to meet the Sustainable Development Goals. Blended finance entails the strategic use of development finance to mobilize additional sources of finance. Participants in this panel discussion will focus on answering two questions : What problems is this approach to development financing trying to solve? What are the risks and opportunities involved with ‘blended finance’?
We are delighted to announce the details of our grand finale webinar in the Group of 78 six-session series of Webinars on the Future of UN Peacekeeping in the Transition to a More Peaceful World: Why UN peace operations are critical and need to be expanded. The focus, as promised, will be on key recommendations for action by governments – especially our own, by parliamentarians and by civil society. We promise a lively, thought provoking, action-oriented discussion and question time!
The video of our webinar has been posted to our YouTube channel. Seminar Theme Our webinar will address the interrelated issues of short-term pandemic relief, medium-term recovery and, in the long term, reshaping the world economy. There are choices at every stage, with implications for distributional equity among and within countries. There can be no return to the… Read More »
Our webinar will address the interrelated issues of short-term pandemic relief, medium-term recovery and, in the long term, reshaping the world economy. There are choices at every stage, with implications for distributional equity among and within countries. There can be no return to the “old normal”–the world has changed, and the climate crisis has intensified. Are there fundamental opportunities to reshape policy at the national level? And can the international rules of the game, affecting trade, investment and finance, be reshaped to build a more equitable and sustainable world?