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María Fernanda Espinosa

María Fernanda Espinosa

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María Fernanda Espinosa, a former president of the UN General Assembly, is Executive Director of GWL Voices and Co-Chair of the Debt Relief for a Green and Inclusive Recovery Project.

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  1. The Global South’s Debt Crisis Is Thwarting Climate Ambition
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    The Global South’s Debt Crisis Is Thwarting Climate Ambition

    Dec 6, 2023 María Fernanda Espinosa & Rishikesh Ram Bhandary warn that lack of fiscal space in the developing world is impeding progress on the clean-energy transition.

  2. The Debt-Climate Nexus
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    The Debt-Climate Nexus

    Dec 13, 2022 María Fernanda Espinosa, et al. suggest how the developed world can help low- and middle-income countries avoid a liquidity crisis.

  3. Climate Justice Requires Women's Leadership
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    Climate Justice Requires Women's Leadership

    Mar 24, 2022 Laura Chinchilla Miranda & María Fernanda Espinosa argue that a carbon-neutral world is possible only if gender equity in policymaking is achieved.

  4. A New Vision for Global Cooperation
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    A New Vision for Global Cooperation

    Oct 22, 2021 María Fernanda Espinosa & Danilo Türk assess the potential of UN Secretary-General António Guterres’s plan for a revitalized multilateralism.

  5. Building an Inclusive, Networked UN
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    Building an Inclusive, Networked UN

    Jun 23, 2021 María Fernanda Espinosa & Danilo Türk call for an overhaul of global governance to ensure the organization’s continued relevance.

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    A Weak, Uneven Global Recovery

    Eswar Prasad & Caroline Smiltneks explain why domestic political divisions and inflationary pressures jeopardize current market optimism.
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    Will Cambridge Support Free Speech?

    Peter Singer examines the university’s ongoing case against Nathan Cofnas, a research fellow who advocates “race realism.”
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    Can China Get Out of Its Rut?

    China’s authorities have powerful economic-policy levers at their disposal to achieve their 5% growth target this year and to put the economy on a more sustainable long-term growth path. But several trends – from the shift toward state capitalism to population aging to the loss of goodwill between Chinese and Americans – could thwart China’s ambition to join the ranks of high-income countries by mid-century.

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    China Stifles Its Own Debate

    Stephen S. Roach

    For more than two decades, the China Development Forum was a meeting where foreign business, political, and academic leaders could debate the state of the Chinese economy with the country’s highest leaders. But this year’s gathering eschewed open and honest dialogue, in favor of telling only “good stories” about China.

    bemoans the transformation of the country’s most important platform for open dialogue into a schmooze-fest.
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    Leaving Africa’s Colonial-Era Currency Will Be Hard, But May Be Wise

    Peter Doyle considers how exiting the CFA franc zone could benefit Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger, despite the challenges.
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    Europe’s War Jitters

    Shlomo Ben-Ami urges EU member states to prepare for the possibility of the US abandoning its NATO commitments.
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    Governments Must Shape AI’s Future

    Mariana Mazzucato & Fausto Gernone

    As with social media, the incentives around AI are aligned for rent extraction, where large companies, acting as intermediaries, amass profits at others’ expense. Governments urgently need to step in to ensure that the technology is being designed and brought to market in ways that will serve the common good.

    urge policymakers to see themselves as proactive participants in technological innovation and market-making.
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    How Guyana Became Latin America’s Leading Development Lab

    Iván Duque Márquez highlights the current government’s unique approach to managing its renewable and non-renewable resources.
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    Beating Back Populists at the Grassroots

    Sławomir Sierakowski interprets the seemingly mixed results of recent municipal and provincial elections in Poland.

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