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Fueling Digital Trade: The Global Landscape and Implications For Africa

International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development  
Policy Initiative: Digital Economy
21. July 2017

The paper by the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) proposes specific ways in which developing countries can best fuel trade in the digital era. It pays special attention to eastern and southern Africa, regions where e-commerce is still quite nascent and can play a transformative role in meeting some of the leading challenges such as unemployment and poverty. The paper argues that gains from digitisation to trade and growth are not automatic in developing economies. Rather, these gains depend…

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The Rising Cost of Ambient Air Pollution Thus Far in the 21st Century – Results from the BRIICS and the OECD Countries

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development  
Policy Initiative: Climate Action
21. July 2017

This paper by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) presents updated results for the cost of ambient air pollution in 41 countries: the 6 major emerging economies known as the BRIICS – Brazil, Russia, India, Indonesia, China and South Africa – and the 35 member-countries of the OECD. It draws on the epidemiological evidence base assembled in the Global Burden of Disease Study 2015, in order to detail results for mortalities from ambient air pollution (AAP) – ambient…

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From C20 to the G20: What We Need on Carbon Pricing and Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform

International Institute for Sustainable Development  
Policy Initiative: Climate Action
21. July 2017

The International Institute for Sustainable Development’s (IISD) Global Subsidies Initiative presented at a side event on 18 June at the C20 Summit, a gathering that facilitated exchanges among civil society from G20 countries on the upcoming G20 Summit agenda and beyond. The blog entry published by IISD provides an Indian perspective on the C20 recommendations concerning carbon pricing and fossil fuel subsidy reforms to the G20 Summit. IISD | From C20 to the G20: What We Need on Carbon Pricing and Fossil…

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Women Entrepreneurs Need More Than a Quick Fix

South African Institute of International Affairs  
Policy Initiative: Other
21. July 2017

As part of the G20 initiatives last week, the World Bank’s Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative, or We-Fi, was launched. This was an idea initiated by Ivanka Trump at the April Women20 meeting in Germany. We-Fi seeks to avail over US$1 million to empower women entrepreneurs in developing countries through access to finance, mentorships and technical training, as well as public policy advocacy and reforms on gender equality. In her blog entry for the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA),…

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Women20 Study on “The Effects of Digitalisation on Gender Equality in the G20 Economies”

Kiel Institute for the World Economy  
Policy Initiative: Other
14. July 2017

The Women20 study on “The Effects of Digitalisation on Gender Equality in the G20 Economies” investigates how digitalisation will affect womens’ labour market and financial inclusion in G20 countries, in what ways the G20 governments currently foster gender equality, and which additional policies they should adopt to foster gender equality more effectively in the digital age. This study was jointly launched by Emerging Market Sustainability Dialogues (EMSD), Women20 (W20) and the Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW) on occasion of the W20…

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G20 Should Have Demonstrated Power of Numbers and Guided Future of Climate Governance

Observer Research Foundation  
Policy Initiative: Climate Action
14. July 2017

The alignment of G20 policies with the Sustainable Development Goals, and emphasis on energy security, is high on India’s climate agenda. In this blog article, the Observer Research Foundation (ORF) provides an overview of India's perspective on key topics of the G20 summit as well as the German presidency. ORF | G20 Should Have Demonstrated Power of Numbers and Guided Future of Climate Governance

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Climate Change Mitigation within a Faltering World Order – Setbacks Avoided, Breakthroughs Postponed

German Development Institute  
Policy Initiative: Climate Action
14. July 2017

The German Government had set itself challenging goals for the G20 Summit, developing an ambitious agenda for shaping an interdependent world. The fundamentals of this agenda had already been established when everyone was still expecting Hillary Clinton to succeed Barack Obama as President. But the new White House incumbent is a climate and cooperation sceptic. A man who sets himself up back home against the media, the scientific community and the judiciary, that is, against the entities that keep his…

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Did the G20 Hamburg Summit Advance 2030 Agenda Implementation?

German Development Institute  
Policy Initiative: Other
14. July 2017

In their blog series "What remains of the G20 Hamburg Summit?" the German Development Institute (DIE) reviews the outcome of the G20 summit in Hamburg. One major goal of the German G20 Presidency was to promote the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are essential to addressing the challenges faced by the world.  The outcome of the 2017 Hamburg Summit is not a breakthrough for sustainable development, but it does…

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