The Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI) is a non-profit policy research institute based in Paris. Its objective is to determine and share the keys for analyzing and understanding strategic issues linked to sustainable development from a global perspective. IDDRI helps stakeholders in deliberating on global governance of the major issues of common interest: action to attenuate and adapt to climate change, to protect biodiversity, to enhance food security and to manage urbanisation. IDDRI also takes part in efforts to reframe development pathways.

A special effort has been made to develop a partnership network with emerging countries to better understand and share various perspectives on sustainable development issues and governance. For more effective action, IDDRI operates with a network of partners from the private sector, academia, civil society and the public sector, not only in France and Europe but also internationally.

As an independent institute, IDDRI mobilises resources and expertise to disseminate the most relevant scientific ideas and research ahead of negotiations and decision-making processes.
IDDRI is in an excellent position to bridge politics and technical substance. Its international team combines extensive experience at ministerial and cabinet level with academic and scientific background and deep specialized expertise. IDDRI is already accepted as moderator among heads of state cabinets for the major member states, and as a key interlocutor with technical ministries. IDDRI is capable of writing substantive background papers offering open and non-traditional options in order to provoke a positive and constructive attitude towards common ground. IDDRI is already known and recognized by the high quality of its papers and the permanent contact with technical staff in the administration of a broad range of MS as well as among business and think tanks.

France has a key stake in EU climate policy, due to its role as host of COP21, which is one of the major diplomatic priorities of Francois Hollande’s administration. France can play an important role as a deal broker among the 28 MS, and France needs to count on a credible institution that can offer a fair and knowledgeable support in order to build political momentum.

The understanding of interconnection between EU action and the UN context will be a key issue in the months to come to reinforce French presidency of the COP21 as the leading partner of a region committed to climate action and investing much political capital in its own transition towards a low carbon and resilient future. IDDRI offers a sound and consistent perspective of the two different levels of work, international and European, ensuring the most efficient answers for the two processes.