International Environmental and Sustainability Policy During and After the Covid-19 Pandemic

Dr. Harald Ginzky
Jan Kosmol
Dr. Kathrin Schwirn
11.08.2020

The Coronavirus pandemic has changed the world. Geopolitical tensions, for example between China and the USA, as well as existing conflicts between the EU states appear to have become more severe. In addition, the pandemic has significantly intensified the crisis phenomenon in the Global South, while countries of the Global North have often been better able to deal with the impacts of the crisis through government interventions. The gap between the countries of the Global North and the Global South thus threatens to be even deepened. The pandemic could also lead to fundamental political instability in countries in both the Southern and Northern hemisphere (e.g. USA, Brazil and other …

Dr. Harald Ginzky

German Environment Agency
Dr. Harald Ginzky works as research and policy officer at the German Environment Agency. He deals with the topics Climate Geo-Engineering, protection...

Jan Kosmol

German Environment Agency
Jan Kosmol is a research and policy officer at the German Environment Agency. He works in the area of resource efficiency and circular economy with a...

Dr. Kathrin Schwirn

German Environment Agency
Dr.-Ing Kathrin Schwirn is a research and policy officer at the German Environment Agency in the section IV2.2 Pharmaceuticals and Nanomaterials since...

Why Planetary Health can promote a more inclusive and durable pandemic recovery

Dr. Nicole de Paula
03.08.2020

One of the most important questions arising from the painful corona crisis is: how can we make the economic case for investing in a green, healthy and just recovery for people and the planet?

The COVID-19 pandemic offers many lessons, despite the early stage of global responses. For me, the most important one is the inevitable truth that we will not be able to promote an inclusive and durable recovery without addressing the root causes of this pandemic. While most of the public attention goes to a much awaited vaccine, there is also great value in understanding long-term and preventive measures. In this article, I highlight the Planetary health approach, which has the advantage of “multi …

Dr. Nicole de Paula

Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies e.V. (IASS)
Dr. Nicole de Paula is the first Klaus Töpfer Sustainability Fellow awardee at the International Institute for Sustainable Development (ASS) in...

Science and science-policy advice in post-normal times: chance and challenges

Dr. Carsten Neßhöver
Matthias Koller
31.07.2020

Science in the spotlight of the corona crisis

Rarely has there been a time when scientists have been in the focus of politics and the public over a longer period of time than since the beginning of the Corona crisis – at least from a German perspective: no political measure that was not justified by (the latest) scientific findings, no talk show with at least one scientist, daily press conferences of the Robert Koch Institute (The German government’s central scientific institution in the field of biomedicine) with live radio and television. Broadcasts, detailed tables and figures with case numbers, infection risks and R-factors at the top of the list in print and online media shaped the …

Dr. Carsten Neßhöver

German Environment Agency
Dr. Carsten Neßhöver works as science-policy experts at the German Environment Agency. Geo-ecologist by training, he is an expert in science-policy...

Matthias Koller

German Environment Agency
Matthias Koller is head of the section for fundamental issues, sustainability strategies and scenarios, and resource conservation at the Federal...

Resilience thanks to green energy: Future investments for the global South, for the benefit of everyone

Anna Skowron
23.07.2020

Deserted streets, markets and offices. Global supply chains are disrupted and supply shortages appear. Many face growing food insecurity. This is not the storyline of a dystopian film, but reality for many people around the world. Considering that, according to the WHO, around 7.6 billion people have no or only limited access to preventive health care, the current situation in many countries is all the more precarious.

It took a corona virus on a global scale to remind us that the world community is closely intertwined and that we are often the cause of our crises. The effects of crises are often not directly noticeable to us - for instance the scarcity of resources, the disappearance of …

Anna Skowron

World Future Council (WFC)
Anna Skowron is a passionate advocate for a 100% renewable energy future. She works as Senior Policy Officer at the World Future Council (WFC) where...

Global knowledge cooperation as a catalyst for societal change

Prof. Dr. Anna-Katharina Hornidge
29.06.2020

In the last few months, the Covid-19 pandemic has shown how vulnerable our globalised and interconnected societies are, how inseparable national and international policies are, and that such a crisis can affect almost all policy areas and departments. Social, economic and labour market policies have been just as important as education and financial policies. But the crisis has not only exposed weaknesses. It also provides us with opportunities: for global knowledge cooperation, to come up with new approaches to sustainable development, promoting global public welfare and collective learning processes.

The initial reactions to the crisis had a strong national orientation and caused many …

Prof. Dr. Anna-Katharina Hornidge

German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)
Prof. Dr. Anna-Katharina Hornidge is Director of the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) and Professor for...