Author Archives: Prof Edwards

“Transforming our World by 2030” Some thoughts on the post 2015 zero draft

By Martin Edwards [Crossposted from Permanent Observer] On June 2, the co-facilitators of the intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda released their zero draft of the outcome document for the September summit on the Sustainable Development Goals. The release … Continue reading

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Proposed SDG Governance Indicators: Rule of Law or Simply Rule?

By Martin Edwards [Crossposted from Permanent Observer] As work moves forward to complete the proposed Sustainable Development Goals, a working list of preliminary indicators for each of the goals recently circulated online. This list of indicators was developed by the … Continue reading

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Some Unanswered Questions from the Posner-Roth Debate

By Martin Edwards [Crossposted from Permanent Observer] A recent exchange between Eric Posner and Kenneth Roth in the New York Times on the effectiveness of international human rights treaties underscores a desperate need for more theory and more evidence about … Continue reading

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Capitol Hill versus Turtle Bay

By Martin Edwards [Crossposted from Permanent Observer] Congress has always been fond of writing legislation that restricts how international organizations can operate. In last year’s continuing resolution, there were prohibitions on US spending on the new UN headquarters renovations, as … Continue reading

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Lima and the complexity of scorekeeping

By Martin Edwards [Crossposted from the Permanent Observer.] This morning the news is abuzz with details of the newly brokered Lima Call for Climate Action. There will doubtless be numerous news analyses of the winners and losers from the deal … Continue reading

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When international organizations tweet, who’s listening?

By Martin Edwards [Crossposted from the Permanent Observer.] Social media presents new opportunities for interactions between international organizations and civil society. There have already been some interesting works on this front produced by Burson Marsteller and Ilan Manor, and a … Continue reading

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