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Overall picture of natural catastrophes in 2013 dominated by weather extremes in Europe and Supertyphoon Haiyan.
Exceptionally high losses from weather-related catastrophes in Europe and Supertyphoon Haiyan dominated the overall picture of natural catastrophes in 2013.

By Ashlee Betteridge on January 7, 2014
A recently released report [pdf] from the OECD shows Australia is lagging behind many other developed countries on ending money laundering and illicit financial flows.
Since 2000 not only have the central development issues changed but also the geopolitical map has become more complex.  Many of the challenges that the world faces, including; inter alia: climate change, conflict-based migration, human rights violations, financial regulation, fair trade, tax avoidance and security require global solutions.
The IF campaign focuses on four "ifs" that could free millions from the cycle of hunger and food insecurity... if we can make them a reality.
Bono spoke at TED to show the progress in the fight against extreme poverty... and what we need to do next. Bono shares the new facts about fighting global poverty.
Dominic Haslam explains the Beyond 2015 campaign’s approach to developing the content of the post-2015 framework.
Commentary on the report "Mapping G20 Decisions Implementation"
The world is going through a dramatic transformation with the rapid growth of the emerging economies, particularly in Asia. What does this mean for global economic leadership?
Lecture delivered by John Kirton as part of an international workshop on “The G20 and the Democratic Challenges of Global Governance,” Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies, University of Leuven, November 8, 2012. This lecture is based substantially on John Kirton (2013), G20 Governance for a Globalized World (Ashgate, Farnham, in press).
For centuries, leading liberal thinkers have been calling for a world government to increase global order and security. Yet no such system exists, and most of the institutions that have been set up for that purpose have grown weaker over the past two decades.
The G20 leaders group achieved several significant examples of international economic cooperation in the first few meetings during the global financial crisis in 2008 and 2009.
Together, their GDP now nearly equals the United States. But are they really the future of the global economy?
The Group of Seven finance ministers and central bank governors, meeting in Washington at the Treasury Department, got serious. Facing a financial calamity in the wake of the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc., ministers scrapped the turgid prose they had been serving for years and delivered a concise five-point plan to avoid a global depression.
In a rapidly changing world, modern NGOs are realising that independence is key to survival, and this means that they must invest in their own professionalism, explains Christian Meyer zu Natrup, Director of MzN International Development Experts.
Despite a degree of scepticism and mixed achievements in some areas, by and large the MDGs should be regarded as an overwhelming success argues Mark Lowcock, DFID Permanent Secretary – but the key consideration is what happens next.
The G20 Leaders' meeting started out in 2008 with some tangible successes, but the general consensus is that it has now lost its momentum. Can it be reinvigorated before Australia hosts the 2014 meeting in Brisbane?
What will be the main issues on the agenda in 2013? How will Business (B20), Youth (Y20), Think Tanks (Think-20), labour unions (L20) and possibly Civil Society (C20) influence the agenda? What are the implications for Russia and internationally? Which ways of cooperation between various stakeholders can be found in order to make the Russian G20 presidency a success in terms of inclusiveness and sustainability? What are the lessons learned from former G20 presidencies?
Mark Thirlwell, Director of International Economy and Acting Director of the Lowy Institute's G20 Studies Centre, answers 6 basic questions on the G20.
Panelists Include: Amina J. Mohammed (Assistant Secretary General, Special Adviser of the Secretary-General on Post-2015 Development Planning, Ex-Officio, High-Level Panel on Post-2015 Development Agenda), John Hendra (Co-chair of UN Development Group), Shamshad Akhtar, Assistant Secretary General, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Homi Kharas (Lead Author and Executive Secretary of the High Level Panel) AND members of the Post-2015 High Level Panel
Marina Larionova, Head of the International Organizations Research Institute, Higher School of Economics, Moscow, outlines the successes and pitfalls of the Mexican Summit and looks ahead to the anticipated priorities of the Russian Presidency.