From the editor's desk.

Author:Addison, Tony

Mid-September finds UNU-WIDER very busy preparing for our big conference on climate change and development policy that takes place later this month, as well as our WIDER Annual Lecture by Lant Pritchett of Harvard University (you can also register here to view it as a webcast) just beforehand. The climate change conference is a great opportunity to take stock on the biggest challenge facing humanity. And Lant Pritchett's lecture gives us the chance to re-examine the whole agenda of state effectiveness in relation to development. Check out our website over the coming days and weeks as these events unfold. There is also a Review of Development Economics special issue on climate change and development. Finally, with employment to the fore in the development debate, the topic of 'Jobs--Aid at Work' is our theme for the 8 October ReCom results meeting in Copenhagen (also available as a webcast).

And before introducing you to this month's Angle I should remind readers that the application process for next year's visiting scholars and PhD internships at UNU-WIDER is about to close. Further details here on our website.

This month's Angle kicks off with two pieces from our climate change work. James Thurlow's piece introduces you to the forthcoming conference, while Youngfu Huang discusses whether the aims of development and climate change really compete as some suppose. You can read more about James and Youngfu, and their work here.

Our Research and Communications on Foreign Aid programme (ReCom) has a new member of the team--Carl-Gustav Linden, who joined UNU-WIDER as a senior communications specialist over the summer. In this Angle, Carl-Gustav reflects on the communications interface between research and policy. Some innovative communication tools will be rolled out for our 8th October ReCom meeting.

Turning to the GUESTAngle, we are delighted to welcome this month, John Langmore and Perrin Wilkins, both of the University of Melbourne, whose subject is international tax cooperation. They highlight the costs of global tax evasion for developing and developed countries alike. Candidates for high political office should take note.

Research Angle gives you a further taste of some recent work. Malokele Nanivazo and Lucy Scott set out the agenda for foreign aid and gender equality (one of our 5 ReCom themes). We had a successful first...

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