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Connecting the Dots: Elements for a Joined-Up Implementation of the 2030 Agenda and Paris Agreement

World Resource Institute & Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit  
Policy Initiative: Climate Action
20. July 2018

National-level implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change proceed on different tracks, despite growing recognition of the ample opportunities they present for synergies. In most countries, climate actions under the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and national targets underpinning the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have been defined and advanced separately. This siloed approach makes little sense given the short window of opportunity for tackling the interlinked challenges of climate change, ecosystem degradation,…

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Realising the Full Potential of Social Safety Nets in Africa

World Bank Group  
Policy Initiative: Future of Work
20. July 2018

Poverty has been declining in Sub-Saharan Africa, but millions are still poor or vulnerable. To address this ongoing and complex problem, all countries in the region have now deployed social safety net programs as part of their core development plans. The number of programs has skyrocketed since the mid-2000s, although many interventions are still modest in size. This notable shift in social policy reflects an embrace of the role that social safety nets can play in the fight against poverty…

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Transforming Gender Relations: Upscaling Collective Action in Women’s Entrepreneurship

International Institute for Environment and Development  
Policy Initiative: Other
20. July 2018

Strengthening gender equality in business is an important and valid entry point to achieve Sustainable Development Goals that leave no-one behind. Making progress on gender means tackling entrenched power inequalities in diverse societies. At the heart of gender inequality lie systems of patriarchy and related socio-cultural norms which must be challenged at multiple levels. In practice, social and religious taboos restrict entry points. But upscaling collective action to strengthen women’s role in business can be facilitated. Phase I of the…

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The Long View: Scenarios for the World Economy to 2060

Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development  
Policy Initiative: Digital Economy
12. July 2018

This paper presents long-run economic projections for 46 countries, extending the short-run projections of the Spring 2018 OECD Economic Outlook. It first sets out a baseline scenario under the assumption that countries do not carry out institutional and policy reforms. This scenario is then used as a reference point to illustrate the potential impact of structural reforms in alternative scenarios, including better governance and educational attainment in the large emerging-market economies and competition-friendly product market and labour market reforms in…

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Local Actors Ready to Act: Six Proposals to Improve Their Access to the Green Climate Fund

Heinrich Böll Foundation  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Finance
12. July 2018

Local initiatives help people - and the environment on which their livelihoods depend – to adapt to climate shocks and changes. Unfortunately, local climate action is grossly underfunded. The vast majority of climate finance tends to be channelled to large financial institutions focusing on large-scale projects that do not necessarily build upon or support – and often even counteract — local efforts. The role of local actors in climate finance decision-making processes is often very limited. Several solutions have been…

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Business and the SDGs : A Survey of WBCSD Members and Global Network Partners

 
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Value Chains
12. July 2018

The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) & DNV GL have conducted a global survey to explore trends around how business is currently working to align activities with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This survey drew responses from around 250 companies across 43 countries and four continents. One key finding reflects that business is engaged and sees the SDG's as a strategic opportunity, however integration challenges remain. Over 60% consider clearer policy committments at the government level to be important. A…

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The Ecological Impact of Transportation Infrastructure

The World Bank Group  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Infrastructure
12. July 2018

There is a long-standing debate over whether new roads unavoidably lead to environmental damage, especially forest loss, but causal identification has been elusive. Using multiple causal identification strategies, this paper studies the construction of new rural roads to over 100,000 villages and the upgrading of 10,000 kilometers of national highways in India. The new rural roads had precise zero effects on local deforestation. In contrast, the highway upgrades caused substantial forest loss, which appears to be driven by increased timber…

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Global Value Chains and Sustainable Development Goals: What Role for Trade and Industrial Policies?

International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Value Chains
12. July 2018

Through global value chains, low-income and least developed countries can integrate into the global trading system, which offers significant opportunities for economic growth, job creation, and learning by exporting. However, participation in global value chains does not automatically result in upgrading and social and environmental sustainability. This report summarises the key findings of ICTSD’s Inclusive Economic Transformation research programme on global value chains. In a series of case studies, the programme examined tea value chains in Kenya, Nepal, and Sri…

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