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On the unique challenges, opportunities and risks faced by the commodity-dependent developing countries (CDDCs) in their transition to sustainable, inclusive and climate-resilient economies

More than half of the countries in the world are commodity-dependent countries (CDDCs), meaning that at least 60% of their exports derive from commodities, primarily, from agriculture and extractive industries (carbon-intensive natural resources, minerals, ores, and metals (UNCTAD,2019, UN,2019) Commodity dependence, combined with poor governance of natural resources and commodity sectors put at risk the …

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On the role of a Circular Bioeconomy in the EU’s 2050 decarbonization strategy

In November 2018, the Commission presented the European strategic long-term vision for a prosperous, modern, competitive and climate-neutral economy by 2050 (COM (2018) 773).It implies a significant decrease in use of the fossil carbon resources (oil and liquid gas production) by about 60 % by 2050. In order to preserve the global competitiveness of the …

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Catalonia: Imprisonment Over Dialogue?

On Monday 14th of October, the Spanish Supreme Court announced its verdict on the two-year trial (juicio del procés) against the main Catalan leaders involved in the 2017 non-binding referendum and the unilateral declaration of independence, both of which were doomed unconstitutional. Although most of them were absolved of the charges of violent rebellion, the …

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