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An open global partnership for an international sustainable development agenda

Essay selected for the semi-final phase of the Global Challenges Prize 2017: A New Shape – Remodelling Global Cooperation.

The submission calls for the recognition of the enhanced role of non-state actors in international affairs by starting eight sectoral platforms corresponding to the aspects of Agenda 2030. Drawing on existing international structures, membership in a Global Partnership would be open to all actors having real expertise in the specific area, regardless of their nature. Each platform identifies the goals its sector needs to meet. By working concurrently on several projects on the platforms, actors would develop synergies and identify best practices thanks to a large “project library” drawing from the power of big data. The Platforms and the database are to be financed by more efficient resource coordination through the platforms, voluntary contribution and by the institution of a global tax, e.g. on carbon.

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March for Europe 2017

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Rome, 25 March 2017 – On the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome – EUROPEANS, UNITE! MARCH FOR EUROPE!

For 60 years the European Communities and then the European Union have helped ensure Europe’s peace, prosperity and progress. Europe has guaranteed peace and the rule of law after centuries of wars. Europe has been the driver of democracy for European countries escaping dictatorships and totalitarianism. Europe has been crucial for the economic and social progress of European countries over the decades. Europe has inspired other regions of the world in their search for unity and modernity. Yet, Europe remains an incomplete construction at risk of collapsing if not completed without delay.

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An energy tax revision to reduce debt, boost investment and employment and facilitate the adoption of other structural reforms

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Essay submitted in July 2016 for the McKinsey Global Institute Essay Prize on “how could a pro-growth reform programme be made deliverable by 2020, and appeal to electorates and decision makers alike at the national and European level?”.

In a context of lack of confidence, depressed investment and aggregate demand as well as deflation risks, all of these phenomena occurring despite a conjunction of favourable factors (cheap oil, weaker euro and very accommodative monetary policy), we propose to take up the proposal of the European Commission to revise the Energy Taxation Directive, introduced in 2011 and withdrawn last year due to the opposition of the Parliament and the Council.

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