Focus on ‘Climate Change’ (Issue 4/2012)
Climate change features regularly on the political agenda – most recently at the Doha Climate Change Conference. The message about the need to ‘reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to the unavoidable consequences of climate change’ may be a familiar refrain, but it remains very real. The roles and self-image of the key protagonists working to combat climate change have fundamentally changed in the space of a few years. Emerging markets, in particular, have now entered the equation. Where CO2 emissions are concerned, the economic performance of these countries presents them with problems similar to those already faced by industrialised nations. But it also offers an opportunity for them to finance their own climate activities as donors. New national and international funding mechanisms have been established, and the private sector is becoming increasingly involved in climate issues. Last but not least, the renewable energy revolution in Germany – in particular the Government’s decision to phase out the use of nuclear power – throws up many climate-related issues. Time then, to shed new light on the subject.
Development of community policing in northern Afghanistan
This issue of ‘akzente’ also takes you to Afghanistan, where GIZ is working on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) to introduce a justice system based on the rule of law. More tangibly, in an effort to improve the generally poor reputation of the police, regular meetings between citizens’ committees and the local police in the district of Baharak are already helping to address public grievances.
Other articles look at the planned eco label in Bolivia, cooperation between researchers and practitioners on the long-term use of groundwater resources in arid areas, and about the Triple Win Pilot Project to acquire experts from countries outside the European Union.