Abstract: The Warsaw conference, 2013, marked the halfway point from theDurban conference, 2011, that launched negotiations towards a 2015 climateagreement and the Paris conference, 2015, slated as the deadline for thesenegotiations. As such, the Warsaw conference needed to register a step changein the process—from the airing of differences to negotiating them. It alsoneeded to create the conditions necessary to reach agreement in 2015.
The Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi hosted a workshop on “Mobilizing the State: Indian Economic Diplo- macy in the 21st Century” on 5 - 6 June, 2014. The recommendations that emerged are detailed in this policy brief. This policy brief is not a consensus document. Instead, it seeks to highlight the diverse views that were expressed at the conference while sketching possible areas for consensus. The recommendations expressed do not necessarily reflect the views of the Centre for Policy Research.
What is the appropriate balance between scientific analysis and governmental input in the IPCC? Claiming government overreach and calling for greater insulation of the process come from a misleadingly simple interpretation. Such insulation would likely diminish the policy relevance of the SPM. The SPM is “approved” by governments, not merely “accepted” as is the main report, which invests it with an important measure of governmental ownership.
One stated agenda of the new government is a commitment to addressing business concerns by smoothening the path to environmental clearances for projects and lowering transaction costs. The Supreme Court had earlier directed the central government to set up an environmental regulator at the state and at the centre. But do national and state regulators provide an effective alternative to the current institutional structure?
The SARCist endeavours to bring to together regional think tanks and experts onto a virtual platform for knowledge sharing and discussion on regional cooperation with special focus on trade and investment.
The Governance and Public Policy Initiative (GPPI) seeks to foster a strategic community that brings together Indian law makers, scholars, bureaucrats, and civil society leaders to discuss pressing issues of public policy.