European elections

What new narrative to put sustainable development at the centre of the next EC mandate? In a context where the focus has moved to competitiveness, power, strategic autonomy, and security, this Issue Brief reviews the conditions under which sustainable development can remain at the centre of the EU project and possible contradictions.

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This is the number of countries that have ratified the treaty on the protection of biodiversity in the high seas as of 6 June, 2024. 60 ratifications are required for the treaty to enter into force. In France, the ratification bill is expected to be adopted this summer.

Source : High Seas Treaty Ratification Tracker 

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Nature-based Solutions

On 19 June, Alexandra Deprez participates in the panel "Balancing Resilience Concerns around Nature-based Solutions" at the Oxford Natural History Museum's conference on nature-based solutions. 

EU Elections

On 20 June, Sébastien Treyer participates in a high level debate organized by ETTG: "What future for the EU’s international partnerships? Assessing the impact of the EU Parliamentary elections."

Blue Tourism

On 20 June, Angelo Sciacca moderates a webinar organized by the Blue Economy Research Lab of Brunel University London: "Towards Sustainable Blue Tourism: Trends, Challenges and Policy Pathways".


IDDRI was saddened to learn of Klaus Töpfer’s passing, a leading figure in European and international environmental policy, and a German minister in the 1980s. He maintained close relations with France, co-leading important negotiations (Alpine Convention, creation of the GEF, Habitats Directive, Wastewater Treatment Directive). He played a key role in the success of the 1992 Rio Conference, which saw the adoption of the Climate Convention and the CBD. He went on to chair the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS), a valued partner of IDDRI, notably in the study of ocean governance. 

IDDRI in the media

Read articles from the French and international press mentioning IDDRI researchers.

Les négociations climatiques sous pression pour venir en aide aux pays du Sud - avec Lola Vallejo
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La question des financements au coeur de la prochaine COP biodiversité - avec Juliette Landry
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La France en passe de devenir le premier État européen à ratifier le traité sur la haute mer - avec Klaudija Cremers



Election evening at Europa Expérience (in French) - On June 9, Céline Kauffmann participated in a round-table discussion on the 2019-2024 legislature organized by Sciences Po, the Office of the European Parliament in France and the Institut Jacques Delors.