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Artificial Intelligence: Investment Trends and Selected Industry Uses

International Finance Corporation  
Policy Initiative: Digital Economy
20. September 2019

The global race to fund, develop, and acquire artificial intelligence technologies and start-ups is intensifying, with commercial uses for AI proliferating in advanced and emerging economies alike. AI could increase GDP growth in both advanced countries and emerging markets. In energy, AI can optimise power transmission. In healthcare, diagnosis and drug discovery will benefit enormously from AI. In education it can improve learning environments and learning outcomes and can better prepare youth for transition to the workplace. In manufacturing, AI…

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Young Environmental Prize Winner for Asia and the Pacific Is Driving an Electric Revolution to Use Big Data for Efficient Transport

United Nations Environment Programme  
Policy Initiative: Climate Action
20. September 2019

Thirty-year-old Sonika Manandhar from Nepal is leading an initiative to capture big data from electric vehicles and cut emissions by making transportation efficient, while empowering women. As world leaders gather at the UN Headquarters in New York for the Climate Action Summit and General Assembly in the coming days, climate and the environment will be at the forefront of discussions. Youth around the world are already taking action, because there is no time to lose. United Nations Environment Programme |…

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Linking Gender Equality (Goal 5) with Decent Work and Economic Growth Opportunities (Goal 8) Through the Development of Infrastructure (Goal 9) in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC)

Inter-American Development Bank  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Infrastructure
20. September 2019

Achieving gender equality, a pillar for development in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), remains a great challenge in the region. Mainstreaming gender across all sectors of the economy is essential to ensure inclusive and sustainable growth. In the transport sector, which includes infrastructure and related services, gender equality has been addressed from two angles: women as users of transport systems and women as part of the sector’s labor force. This document studies gender equality from the second angle by…

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A Vision for a Sustainable Battery Value Chain in 2030 Unlocking the Full Potential to Power Sustainable Development and Climate Change Mitigation

World Economic Forum  
Policy Initiative: Circular Economy
20. September 2019

The need for urgent and more intensive actions against climate change is broadly recognised. In support of this agenda, this report presents a simple yet profound vision: a circular, responsible and just battery value chain is one of the major near-term drivers to realise the 2°C Paris Agreement goal in the transport and power sectors, setting course towards achieving the 1.5°C goal if complemented with other technologies and collaborative efforts. World Economic Forum | A Vision for a Sustainable Battery…

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Asia Has a Crucial Role in the Development of Sustainable Finance

The Financial Times  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Finance
13. September 2019

In order to meet the demands of urbanisation, population growth and moving to a more sustainable use of scarce natural resources and a lower carbon future, most analysis suggests developing countries in Asia will need between USD 20 trillion and USD 30 trillion in infrastructure investment over the next 15 years. Asia Has a Crucial Role in the Development of Sustainable Finance | The Financial Times

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United Nations Tasks Emerging Markets on Digitisation Policies

The Guardian  
Policy Initiative: Digital Economy
13. September 2019

The United Nation Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) has said that governments, especially in emerging markets have a critical role in shaping the digital economy by defining the rules of the game. According to UNCTAD, this involves the adaptation of existing policies, laws and regulations, and the adoption of new ones in many areas. United Nations Tasks Emerging Markets on Digitisation Policies | The Guardian

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Rethinking Power Sector Reform in the Developing World

World Bank Group  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Infrastructure
13. September 2019

A new paradigm for power sector reform emerged during the 1990s, under the influence of the Washington Consensus, and began to spread across the developing world. This approach advocated restructuring of national power utilities to create scope for competition, while delegating responsibilities to the private sector under a clear regulatory framework. After 25 years, few developing countries have managed to adopt the model in its entirety, while many others encountered political and economic challenges along the way. Rethinking Power Sector…

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Fostering Participation in Digital Trade for ASEAN MSMEs

Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development  
Policy Initiative: Digital Economy
13. September 2019

This paper provides a broad overview of some of the issues that digital trade raises for ASEAN countries and its MSMEs, including new opportunities that digitalisation presents for ASEAN firms to increase trade. However, it shows that adoption of relatively simple digital tools, such as webpages, remains relatively low, constraining the ability of ASEAN SMEs to engage in trade as exporters and importers. The paper argues that, to benefit from digital trade, policy makers need to consider issues related to…

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