International governance options to strengthen WTO and UNFCCC

Negotiations at WTO and UNFCCC are both in limbo putting at risk international cooperation in key sectors of world development. International governance options are urgently needed to strengthen multilateral negotiations at the WTO and UNFCCC to avoid full deadlock and possible major trade and environmental conflicts. This policy brief written in June 2011 offers solutions which are not “WTO-UNFCCC speak” but rather based on “out of the box thinking”.

Levers to Enhance TNC Contributions to Low-Carbon Development- Drivers, Determinants and Policy Implications

This contribution focuses on the drivers, determinants and policy implications of low-carbon FDI, with particular attention to developing countries. Parts of this paper served as an input to Chapter IV of the World Investment Report 2010, which examined the issue of TNCs and Climate Change. The authors are however free to use all of the reflections presented below for their own publications.

Beyond the crisis: The future of the multilateral system

"Beyond the crisis: The future of the multilateral system" - Seminar organized by the Foundation Ramón Areces and the OECD Development Centre
Madrid, 4-5 October 2010

Training of Diplomats

Training of Diplomats: Guarantee Training Effectiveness through use of the Quality Assurance System (ISO 10015),

book chapter, in “Foreign Ministries: Managing Diplomatic Networks and Optimizing Value”, edited by K. Rana & J. Kurbalija, DiploFoundation, 2007.

Population Ageing and lack of semi-skilled workers in Switzerland: A new migration card?

Following the economic crisis and the suppression of many jobs worldwide, it is difficult to address the issue of labour shortage. In Switzerland, the lack of workers was very evident before the crisis and will continue to be problematic for the country’s social welfare system for decades to come. Indeed, each economic sector will be affected by the potential threat of a shortage of workers. To fill this gap, Swiss organizations are primarily hiring workers from the European Union (EU). Due to the shrinking size of the Swiss population, less people will attend professional schools in the future and the ageing of the population will impact the demand for semi-skilled workers and the whole economy.