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Connie Hedegaard

Connie Hedegaard

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Connie Hedegaard served as European Commissioner for Climate Action (2010-14), and as Denmark’s Minister for the Environment (2004-07) and Minister for Climate and Energy (2007-09).

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  1. Unity Is Europe’s Greatest Asset
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    Unity Is Europe’s Greatest Asset

    Mar 18, 2024 Connie Hedegaard emphasizes the importance of stability amid persistent economic and geopolitical crises.

  2. The EU Must Step Up in Glasgow
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    The EU Must Step Up in Glasgow

    Oct 18, 2021 Connie Hedegaard says next month’s UN climate-change conference will fail unless the European Union comes prepared to lead.

  3. Greening Next-Generation Europe
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    Greening Next-Generation Europe

    Sep 29, 2021 Connie Hedegaard outlines the opportunities and challenges presented by the continent's ongoing decarbonization efforts.

  4. No Time to Waste
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    No Time to Waste

    Feb 17, 2021 Bill Gates interviewed by Connie Hedegaard about what needs to happen to mitigate the planet's climate crisis before it's too late.

  5. An Interview with Connie Hedegaard
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    An Interview with Connie Hedegaard

    Oct 13, 2020 Connie Hedegaard rates the European Green Deal, touts progress on climate-smart investment, and predicts whether COVID-19 crisis will advance or undermine the green transition.

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    Overcoming the Development-Project Implementation Gap

    Jorge Moreira da Silva highlights ways to strengthen the International Development Association’s already-powerful impact.
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    Developing Countries’ Liquidity Crisis Is Not Over

    Ishac Diwan & Vera Songwe urge global policymakers to prevent mass insolvency and finance urgent climate projects.
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    America’s Manufacturing Renaissance Will Create Few Good Jobs

    Dani Rodrik shows why policies to boost employment in the twenty-first century ultimately must focus on services.
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    Minxin Pei on China’s economy, surveillance state, repression of dissent, and more

    Minxin Pei doubts China’s government is willing to do what is needed to restore growth, describes the low-tech approaches taken by the country’s vast security apparatus, considers the Chinese social-credit system’s repressive potential, and more.
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    Who Should Decide If It’s Genocide?

    David Alton, et al. urge British policymakers to take a proactive approach to addressing mass-atrocity crimes.
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    The Bretton Woods Institutions We Need

    Joaquim Levy, et al. explain how the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank can rise to current global challenges.
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    The World Cannot Afford to Ignore the Poorest Countries

    Indermit Gill & M. Ayhan Kose warn that a growing gap between the world’s haves and have-nots will undercut global goals.
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    The World Is Still on Fire

    Lawrence H. Summers & N.K. Singh

    For the last several years, world leaders have made big promises and laid out bold plans to mitigate the climate crisis and help the neediest countries adapt. At this year's World Bank/IMF Spring Meetings, they must demonstrate that they can fulfill these promises, rather than simply touting new ones.

    think policymakers need to get four things right to shore up the credibility of the international system.
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    Israel Must End the Gaza War

    Dennis Ross

    With the exception of the extreme right, no one in Israel wants to be stuck in Gaza, responsible for 2.4 million Palestinians, and facing a likely insurgency. Israel can end this war soon and save those hostages who are still alive, having demilitarized Gaza and set the stage for an alternative to Hamas.

    thinks the only strategic objective that matters is close – or close enough – to being met.

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