COP26, the 0.7 Percent Aid Target, and UK Sexual Orientation: New Official Publications 07.06.21

Westminster & the UK Government

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The 0.7 percent aid target “The UN has a target for countries to spend 0.7 percent of their Gross National Income (GNI) on Official Development Assistance (ODA). In 2013, the UK achieved this target for the first time. Since 2015, the Government has also been under a statutory duty to meet it. However, citing the economic impact of the pandemic, the Government will spend 0.5 percent of GNI for ODA in 2021 as a “temporary measure.””

Policing in the UK “This briefing explains the key concepts underpinning the British model of policing. It introduces the key actors in UK policing. It provides a brief introduction to UK police forces and discusses their performance.”

Flags:the Union Flag and Flags of the United Kingdom “Flags, national and other, have an ongoing cultural significance. The Union Flag, commonly known as the Union Jack, is the national flag of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Flying of flags is not the subject of statute law in England, Wales or Scotland. Advice is issued by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport on flying of flags on government buildings, apart from those which are the responsibility of a devolved administration. This was recently updated so that the Union flag will normally be flown every day. In Northern Ireland there is legislation on flag flying.”

Scottish Parliament & Government

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COP26 – An Introduction to the UN Conference of the Parties “This briefing provides an introduction to COP26 and the treaties and agreements that underpin the negotiations due to take place in Glasgow in November 2021. Additionally, it explains the link between this COP on climate change (COP26) and the inter-related COP on biodiversity (COP15), due to take place in October 2021.”

Climate Governance of the Scottish Budget “This briefing provides a guide to the tools and approaches available to Members and Committees to scrutinise public expenditure and taxation policy from a climate change perspective. It summarises past examples of climate-focused financial scrutiny in sessions four and five of the Scottish Parliament, including the relevant changes to the Scottish budget process, and international examples and frameworks.”

Transport in Scotland: subject profile “This subject profile provides an introduction to walking, cycling, rail, road, air, maritime and bus transport in Scotland. It also highlights issues around transport and climate change and describes the roles of Transport Scotland and the seven Regional Transport Partnerships.”

European Union

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China: Partner or rival? [What Think Tanks are thinking] “Formally, the EU and China have been strategic partners since 2003 – a partnership that was broadened five years ago by the EU-China 2020 Strategic Agenda for Cooperation. However, more recently, EU officials and politicians have been expressing increasing concerns over China’s economic expansionism and human rights violations. The current coronavirus pandemic and developments in Hong Kong have had a marked negative impacted on EU-China relations. This note offers links to recent commentaries, studies and reports from major international think tanks on China, its ties with the EU and related issues. The previous issue on the subject was published in October 2020.”

European climate law “On 4 March 2020, the European Commission adopted a legislative proposal for a European climate law, setting the objective for the EU to become climate-neutral by 2050 and establishing a framework for achieving that objective. On 17 September 2020, following an impact assessment presented in the 2030 climate target plan, the Commission amended the proposal to introduce the updated 2030 climate target of a net reduction of at least 55 % of the EU’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions compared to 1990 levels. In the European Parliament, the proposal has been referred to the Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety. The Parliament adopted its position on 6 October 2020, calling for a 60 % emission reduction by 2030 and for an independent, inter-disciplinary scientific advisory panel. Council and Parliament reached a provisional agreement on the proposal on 21 April 2021. The agreement sets a 55 % net GHG emission target for 2030 (to be complemented by additional removals from the upcoming review of the LULUCF Regulation), an EU-wide climate neutrality target for 2050, and the aim to achieve negative emissions thereafter.”

The emerging contours of President Biden’s foreign policy “In mid-June 2021, United States (US) President Joe Biden is due to visit Europe for his first overseas trip since taking office in January. He will attend the Group of Seven (G7) summit from 11 to 13 June in Cornwall (United Kingdom), a NATO leaders’ summit in Brussels on 14 June, followed by an EU-US summit on 15 June, and, on 16 June, a summit in Geneva (Switzerland) with Russian President Vladimir Putin. President Biden’s arrival in Europe will mark almost five months in office, providing an opportunity to take stock of his foreign policy record thus far. As the Democratic candidate in the November 2020 US presidential election, Biden promised that if elected he would pursue a ‘foreign policy for the middle class’. He argued that strengthening the majority of citizens’ financial security, investing in US industrial capacity, and countering destabilising inequities at home, would allow a more socially and economically cohesive US to compete with and confront rivals on the world stage. He also argued that his administration’s most pressing domestic challenges – including overcoming the coronavirus pandemic, and adapting to and mitigating the impact of climate change on the US – would require international cooperation. The Biden Administration’s policy papers, positions and statements identify two broad priorities that guide its foreign policy: first, ‘building back better’ on a global scale, in pursuit of the same imperative at home. Second, working with allies to counter the threats to US interests posed by authoritarian rivals such as China and Russia, while working tactically with those same rivals where theirs and US interests overlap.”

Official Statistics

Sexual orientation, UK: 2019 “Experimental statistics on sexual orientation in the UK in 2019 by region, sex, age, marital status, ethnicity and socio-economic classification, using data from the Annual Population Survey (APS).”

Personal and economic well-being in Great Britain: May 2021 “Estimates from multiple sources for personal and economic well-being to understand the economic impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on households in Great Britain from March 2020 to April 2021.”

UK Environmental Accounts: 2021 “Measuring the contribution of the environment to the economy, the impact of economic activity on the environment, and society’s response to environmental issues.”

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