2015, the end of a cycle and the beginning of another

Teresa Ribera, Director of IDDRI

The year 2015 was marked by the end of an important work cycle for IDDRI, and confirmed the relevance of its initial work plan.
Created in 2001, IDDRI has followed the major international negotiations on sustainable development and supported the creation of a fair and effective framework conducive to ambitious implementation, which is now operational.

To reach the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, IDDRI actively supported the shift to action based on country contributions, demonstrating the individual benefits of this kind of approach for each country, and proposing solutions to ensure it enables action that is both fair and ambitious.

As a pioneer institute on ocean issues, IDDRI has also worked towards the opening of international negotiations on the high seas, agreed in New York in January 2015. I am also happy to see the IPCC3 take note of our proposal to produce a special report consistently linking oceans and climate.

Sought since its creation to reconcile development and sustainable development, alongside FERDI and CERDI, IDDRI has led a substantive long work reflected in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). IDDRI has been also very active on the key issue of financing for development, along with ECDPM, the German Development Institute and the Overseas Development Institute.

IDDRI has also once more demonstrated its scientific capacity, publishing numerous ar- ticles in leading journals and jointly coordinating several consortiums, financed by the European Commission.

I warmly thank all of our partners and collaborators for these significant achievments and I look forward to sharing thoughts and ideas with you next year, when we take stock of the first year of the post-2015 era, the era of implementation.


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to meet known challenges 

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IDDRI’s Institutional framework

Created in 2001 (as a scientific interest group), IDDRI is now a Foundation of public interest: the “Research Foundation Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations”, known as IDDRI. Its goals are to “develop and promote research on the management of global environmental problems (…) and international governance (…), to conduct research useful to strategic, forward-looking discussions in the field of sustainable development, in conjunction with national administrations, the scientific community, the private sector, NGOs and trade union organisations, and to strengthen the scientific communities working on these issues”.

IDDRI’s programmes are determined by decision-making processes subject to collective deliberation by IDDRI’s governance bodies: the Board, the Advisory Council and the Scientific Council. The Board meets twice a year; in accordance with the statutes, it is composed of three constituencies with equal representation of IDDRI’s founding members, ex officio members, and five qualified persons. It deliberates under the supervision of a government commissioner, designated by the Ministry of the Interior, who ensures that the foundation’s statutes and the public interest dimension of its activity are guaranteed.


Founding members

  • EDF, represented by Claude Nahon
  • Engie, represented by Anne Chassagnette
  • EpE, represented by Claire Tutenuit
  • Veolia Environnement, represented by Pierre Victoria

Ex officio members

  • Ademe, represented by François Moisan
  • AFD, represented by Alain Henry
  • Cirad, represented by Michel Eddi
  • CNRS, represented by Stéphanie Thiebault
  • INRA, represented by Jean-François Soussana

Qualified persons

  • Jean-Michel Charpin
  • Michel Griffon
  • Jean Jouzel
  • Julia Marton-Lefèvre
  • Christine Musselin

The Executive Board is composed of:

  • Jean Jouzel, Chair
  • Claude Nahon, Vice-chair
  • Anne Chassagnette, Treasurer
  • Michel Eddi, Secretary

* The Board was renewed in April 2016, with effect at its next meeting in December 2016.

  • Scott Barrett (Columbia University, United States)
  • Sandra Bessudo (Malpelo Foundation, Colombia)
  • Ian Goldin (University of Oxford, United Kingdom)
  • Claude Henry (Sciences Po & Columbia University, France)
  • Paul Leadley (Paris-Sud University, France)
  • Mariana Mazzucato (University of Sussex, United Kingdom)
  • Laurent Mermet (AgroParisTech, France)
  • Mireille Razafindrakoto (Institut de recherche pour le développement, France)
  • Johan Rockström (Stockholm Resilience Center, Suède)
  • Heike Schröder (University of East Anglia, United Kingdom)
  • Lord Nicholas Stern (Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment and IG Patel Professor of Economics and Government, LSE, United Kingdom)
  • Sybille van den Hove (Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain)
  • Elke Weber (Columbia University, United States)
  • Zhongxiang Zhang (Fudan University, China)


  • Michel Badré (CGEDD)
  • Pierre-Franck Chevet (Ministry of Ecology)
  • Philippe Lacoste (Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

Research institutes and universities

  • Patrick Duncan (CNRS)
  • Sylviane Guillaumont (University of Auvergne)
  • Jean-Charles Hourcade (Cired)
  • Christian Lequesne (CERI)


  • Matt Christensen (Axa Investment Managers)
  • Pierre Ducret (Caisse des dépôts et consignations)
  • Jean-Pierre Tillon (InVivo)
  • Gilles Vermot Desroches (Schneider Electric)

Non-governmental organisations and trade unions

  • Pierre-Yves Chanu (CGT)
  • John Evans (Trade Union Advisory Committee to the OECD)
  • Timothy Geer (WWF International)
  • Daniel Lebègue (IFA)
  • Camilla Toulmin (IIED)

Local authorities 

  • Denis Baupin MP for Paris

IDDRI’s budget

In 2015, the Foundation’s budget stood at 5.3 million euros, including staff secondment costs.



French public organisations 

AAMP: Agence des aires marines protégées (Marine protected areas agency) / ADEME: Agence de l’environnement et de la maîtrise de l’énergie (Environment and energy management agency) / ANR: Agence nationale de la recherche (National research agency)/ Caisse des dépôts et consignations (Deposits and consignments fund) / CSFRS: Conseil supérieur de la formation et de la recherche stratégiques (Higher council for strategic training and research) / Cirad: Centre de coopération internationale en recherche agronomique pour le développement (Centre for international cooperation in agricultural research for development ) / INRA: Institut national de recherche agronomique (National institute for agricultural research) / Ministère de l’Environnement, de l’Énergie et de la Mer (Ministry of Environment, Energy and Sea) / Ministère des Affaires étrangères et du Développement international (Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development) / Ministère de l’Éducation nationale, de l’Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche (Ministry of National Education, Higher Education and Research) / Exceptional contributions for the scientific climate conference from BRGM, IFREMER, INRIA, INSERM, IRD


CDKN : Climate and Development Knowledge Network / CIFF : Children’s Investment Fund Foundation / Climate Works Foundation / ECF : European Climate Foundation / BNP Paribas Foundation / Fondation de France (Foundation of France) / Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation / Fondation d’Entreprise Hermès (Hermès company foundation) / Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation / Foundation for the Progress of Humankind / United Nations Foundation

Corporate donations

EDF / Engie / GRDF / MAIF / Renault / Total  / Transdev / Veolia / Vinci

IDGM: financial products from AFD (Agence française de développement) loan
International organisations

Embassy of the United States / Swiss Confederation / Institut de la Francophonie pour le développement durable (Francophony institute for sustainable development) / Norwegian Ministry of Environment / Swedish Ministry of Environment / Sustainable Development Solutions Network / IUCN / Waseda University (Japan) / World Meteorological Organization / DIW: Deutsches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung (German institute for economic research) / CERRE: Centre on Regulation in Europe / The Nature Conservancy

European Commission (DG CLIMA – DG Research)
IDGM+ / LABEX / Investissements d’avenir (Future investments) programme

*including additional funds subgranted to our partners, i.e. a total budget of 6.1 million euros.

IDDRI's team


Marked by a number of milestones for negotiations in the global environmental governance agenda, the year 2015 was particularly fruitful in terms of IDDRI’s publications. Different formats were used, adapted to the type of action undertaken by IDDRI (IDDRI collections, scientificpublications, blog posts and op-eds), and a number of scientific partnerships were forged. IDDRI’s editorial output in 2015 was both fully in touch with the current international sustainable development agenda and firmly rooted in its implementation at different levels, revealing a wide variety of subjects addressed and levels of reading proposed.

IDDRI Collections


Scientific publications


IDDRI's blog











The year 2015 was marked by intense activity on events surrounding the COP21, engaging most of IDDRI’s programmes. There were also by highlights in other key areas of work, in biodiversity conservation, SDG implementation and environmental inequality reduction through our ongoing regular meetings, either with the general public or in the form of working groups.

Events in preparation for COP21

Thematic conferences

IDDRI's regular meetings













Alliances and strategic expert networksat the heart of IDDRI’s activity

IDDRI’s capacity for action and influence is centred on alliances and expert networks that increase its impact within international processes and national debates in strategic countries, but which also enable it to observe and analyse the variety of sustainable development pathways being formulated, each in its own way, in different national contexts. These networks and alliances take many forms, including structural partnerships, key networks and scientific partners.

Structural, long term partnerships


This initiative, since 2008 with FERDI and CERDI since 2011 was awarded the “Laboratoire d’excellence” (laboratory of excellence) label, confirmed in 2015 by an international assessment that stressed that the three institutions are a reference in France in terms of their ability to use scientific research excellence to contribute to international policy debates.


To better align sustainable development to the concrete reality of policy-making and policies has been the basis of the partnership between IDDRI and SciencesPo since 2007. In 2015, SciencesPo’s extended social sciences network helped IDDRI’s work on international sustainable development and climate change objectives. taking into account the challenges and opportunities linked to their implementation. Numerous conferences have been organised throughout the year at Sciences Po provided the opportunity to exchange with international policy makers, national stakeholders and representatives of large companies.

Key networks of think tanks at the european and global levels

IDDRI has developed  close relations with a number of different think tanks :

– especially for environment and sustainable development issues : common works with differents european think-tank Stockholm Environment InstituteInstitute for Advanced Sustainability Studies – Potsdam, etc.)

– through the IDGM, IDDRI has become a member of the European Think Tanks Group (ETTG) for development issues.

– IDDRI has also established strong ties with Latin America, especially the  United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and other think tank of this region (Libelula, Fundacion Torcuato di Tella, etc.).

– IDDRI has also forged active partnerships with high political profile international networks, such as the Global Ocean Commission, which adopted IDDRI’s proposals on the high seas and offshore activities.

International scientific partnerships

IDDRI has been developing expert networks enabling it to coordinate large-scale European and international research projects:

major French research centres that have supported it since its creation (CNRS, INRA, CIRAD, etc.)

– IDDRI is coordinating large-scale European research projects on issues concerning energy, adaptation to climate change and the economics of biodiversity.

international research networks: the Earth System Governance network, for example, links IDDRI to the leading specialists in international relations for global environmental governance.

– IDDRI is developing research networks at the multinational level to put itself in a posi- tion to observe and analyse changes in societies and development models in the different na- tional contexts, as well as to generate and build capacities for participating in policy debates in these different countries.

– The Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project illustrates this: IDDRI has formed a partnership in the top 16 greenhouse gas emitting countries. In each of these countries, IDDRI has helped a local team to build capacities for debating a deep decarbonization pathway for its economy.

A renewed research and action agenda for IDDRI

In addition to the numerous events which marked the year 2015, IDDRI has sought to anticipate the post-2015 era by analyzing the new challenges to come and by preparing IDDRI's work and influence in this context.

With this in mind, in May 2016, IDDRI organised an international conference entitled “Sustainable development: it’s time!, bringing together 150 actors of climate change to share their experience and to iden- tify the main challenges for this new period.

Three main themes structured the discussions:

  1. “domesticating” commitments and monitoring their implementation;
  2. redirecting investments towards sustainable development;
  3. and making social justice central to the transition.

To meet these challenges, it’s crucial to identify necessary conditions for the implementation of  policies. although the new framework for international cooperation enables all countries and all stakeholders to work towards transforming their societies and territories in a context of coherence and global consultation, the difficulty of implementing ambitious sustainable development policies, which has been a challenge for more than 40 years, persists. More than ever, there is a need to identify and analyse the conditions required for the implementation of these policies. This goal will be central to the new strategic plan that IDDRI is developing and establishing for the 2016-2020 period.

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