Nils Simon

Nils Simon
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Introduction
Nils Simon is Senior Advisor at adelphi, a think tank and research institute based in Berlin. His research focuses on global governance and sustainable development. His current projects deal with international chemicals and waste governance at the United Nations, including the issue of plastic pollution.
Additional affiliations
April 2014 - April 2016
Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik
Position
  • Researcher
Education
April 2010 - October 2014
Freie Universität Berlin
Field of study
  • Political science
August 2006 - July 2007
University of Sussex
Field of study
  • International Relations
April 2002 - May 2009
Freie Universität Berlin
Field of study
  • Political science

Publications

Publications (21)
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This independent research paper was prepared for the 2016 ECOSOC Partnership Forum, commissioned by the UNDESA Office for ECOSOC Support and Coordination. A draft version was discussed during an Expert Group Meeting in February 2016. The recent General Assembly resolution under the agenda item entitled “Towards global partnerships” requests the EC...
Technical Report
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Marine plastic pollution is a fast growing problem. In 2017, 335 million metric tons (Mt) of plastics were produced, and this number is projected to increase almost fourfold to 1,100 Mt by 2050. We know that about 8,300 Mt of plastic has been produced up until this point, of which only 9% have been recycled and 12% have been incinerated. The remain...
Conference Paper
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The Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) entails 46 objectives in five categories. Implementation is assessed through 20 indicators, yet these are incapable of tracking progress and in urgent need of renewal. The intersessional process on SAICM and the sound management of chemicals and waste (SMCW) beyond 2020 provides a...
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In the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the United Nations assigned an important role to multistakeholder partnerships for implementing the Sustainable Development Goals. Since partnerships show a mixed success record, this article analyzes whether relevant actors in the UN context are inclined to translate lessons learned and the increased...
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This discussion paper summarises gaps in the governance of marine plastic pollution and proposes key functions of a new legally binding international agreement. The global governance of plastics is “characterized by fragmented authority, weak international institutions, uneven regulations, uncoordinated policies, and business-oriented solutions.” (...
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Plastic pollution is a serious and rapidly growing environmental and health problem that will stay with us for centuries. The current governance landscape is fragmented and leaves gaps so large that up to 13 million tonnes of plastic enter the oceans every year. On land and in the ocean, plastic waste causes considerable damage. None of the existin...
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Global plastic production is continuously increasing and reached 322 million tonnes in 2015, generating revenues for plastic manufacturers of about US$ 750 billion. However, adequate waste collection systems are lacking in many countries. As a con- sequence, discarded plastic often ends up in the environment, where it can cause health and other...
Technical Report
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How should the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) develop beyond 2020? This was the guiding question in a series of nearly 40 interviews with governmental and non-governmental stakeholders from developed and developing countries. The interviews focused on stakeholders’ perception on the strengths and weaknesses of the...
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Ende September beginnt die 4. Internationale Konferenz zum Chemikalienmanagement (ICCM4) in Genf. Sie bietet Gelegenheit, den notwendigen Prozess einer institutionellen Neugestaltung der globalen Chemikalien-Governance nach 2020 einzuleiten. Denn 2020 läuft das Mandat des 2006 ins Leben gerufenen Strategischen Ansatzes zum Internatio-nalen Chemikal...
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In the context of negotiations on the Post-2015 or 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the process of formulating Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the United Nations (UN) (again) assigns an important role to multi-stakeholder partnerships. But how do actors view these partnerships more than ten years after the UN’s engagement with them...
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Im Januar 2013 einigten sich Delegierte aus über 140 Staaten in Genf auf den Inhalt einer Quecksilber-Konvention. Obwohl die Risiken des Schwermetalls seit Jahrzehnten bekannt sind und der volkswirtschaftliche Nutzen effektiver Regulierung unumstritten ist, war um das »Minamata-Übereinkommen« lange gerungen worden. Entscheidend für den Erfolg waren...
Chapter
In diesem Beitrag wird argumentiert, dass Mindestlöhne weltweit als essenziel-ler Beitrag zur Absicherung von Arbeitnehmer/innen gesehen werden können. Wir stellen das Grundprinzip des Mindestlohns vor, diskutieren seine wirt-schafts- und sozialpolitischen Konsequenzen und entwickeln im Anschluss an eine empirische Bestandsaufnahme ein normatives B...
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Im folgenden dritten Kapitel dieses Buches haben die Autorinnen und Autoren der einzelnen Beiträge einen Fokus auf das Instrumentarium zur Festlegung von Internationalen Arbeitsstandards gelegt. Zu den bekannten Instrumenten zählen die Konventionen der ILO einschließlich der Kernarbeitsnormen (Core Labour Standards, CLS), die OECD-Richtlinien für m...
Book
Einzelne Instrumente internationaler Arbeitsstandards (International Labour Standards, ILS) sowie bestimmte Akteure sind häufig Gegenstand der Forschung. Es fehlt jedoch eine grundsätzliche Einordnung von ILS und ihrem Geltungsanspruch, auch mit Blick auf die Debatte um Global Governance. Die Autoren liefern Begründungen für die Notwendigkeit der i...

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Projects (4)
Archived project
Research and consultancy on the design of a scientific advisory mechanism to a possible global agreement on the reduction of marine litter and plastics
Archived project
Research and consultancy on governance arrangements, achievements and reform options of the United Nations Environment Programme and its bodies