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Measuring Fossil Fuel Subsidies in the Context of the Sustainable Development Goals

UN Environment  
Policy Initiative: Energy Policy
14. June 2019

The importance of measuring fossil fuel subsidies has been recognized in the SDG process which created a dedicated indicator of measuring fossil fuel subsidies, 12.c.1 – ‘Amount of fossil fuel subsidies per unit of GDP (production and consumption’). As custodian agency for the SDG indicator 12.c.1, UN Environment has developed a methodology to measure fossil fuel subsidies so as to provide guidance to UN member countries reporting on this indicator. UN Environment | Measuring Fossil Fuel Subsidies in the Context…

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State and Trends of Carbon Pricing 2019

World Bank Group  
Policy Initiative: Climate Action
14. June 2019

This report provides an up-to-date overview of existing and emerging carbon pricing instruments around the world, including international, national and subnational initiatives. It also investigates trends surrounding the development and implementation of carbon pricing instruments and how they could accelerate the delivery of long-term mitigation goals. This edition also discusses the relation between policies that put an explicit price on carbon and policies that put an implicit price on carbon. World Bank Group | State and Trends of Carbon Pricing…

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Latin American Growth : A Trade Perspective

World Bank Group  
Policy Initiative: Innovation and Economic Diversification
7. June 2019

This paper reviews the determinants of Latin America’s (LatAm) uneven economic progress from an international trade and macro perspective that looks at both historical trends (the second half of last century) and recent events (the China-induced commodities boom). The analysis is backed by an accounting decomposition that links a country’s growth relative to the world (G) to its participation in world export markets through three trade-related channels, an export pull (EP) that measures the traction exerted by the country’s exports…

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Carbon Pricing and the Multilateral Development Banks: Comparative Analysis and Recommendations

The World Wide Funde for Nature (WWF)  
Policy Initiative: Climate Action
7. June 2019

Several multilateral development banks use shadow carbon pricing to help decide which transactions to make. This briefing considers some best practices and limitations in the application of shadow carbon prices. It explores how the MDBs might better align their shadow carbon pricing approach with the objectives of the Paris Agreement on climate change. The World Wide Funde for Nature (WWF) | Carbon Pricing and the Multilateral Development Banks: Comparative Analysis and Recommendations

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Public-Private Partnerships in the Caribbean Region : Reaping the Benefits while Managing Fiscal Risks

International Monetary Fund  
Policy Initiative: Innovation and Economic Diversification
7. June 2019

This paper argues for integrating PPPs into public investment management processes and strengthening mitigation of fiscal risks to help Caribbean countries address their infrastructure needs. Based on a review of selected infrastructure projects undertaken and findings from a survey on PPP management practices, it provides a comprehensive legal, institutional, and public financial management framework for managing PPPs, with a focus on mitigating and properly reporting fiscal costs and risks. It builds on extensive technical support provided by the IMF on…

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The Future of Women at Work: Transitions in the Age of Automation

McKinsey & Company  
Policy Initiative: Digital Economy
7. June 2019

In the automation age, women face new challenges overlaid on long-established ones. Technology adoption could displace millions from their jobs; many others will need to change the way they work. Globally, 40 million to 160 million women may need to transition between occupations by 2030, often into higher-skilled roles. If they make these transitions, women could find more productive, better paid work; if they don’t, they could face a growing wage gap or leaving the labor market. Men and women…

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Sino-Indian Partnership for SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy

Observer Reserach Foundation  
Policy Initiative: Energy Policy
7. June 2019

The Sino-Indian partnership on various development agendas is founded on the long shared historical and economics association between India and China. These two most populous countries of the world will play a crucial role in shaping the energy, economic and environmental dynamics of the world in the 21st century. Both the countries face similar driving forces in terms of solving the complicated inter-linkages between population growth, economic development, security and international partnerships in the realm of energy. The bilateral partnerships…

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From Mobility to Access for All: Expanding Urban Transportation Choices in the Global South

World Resource Institute  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Infrastructure
7. June 2019

Many cities are experiencing a decline in access to jobs, services and people due to a confluence of two trends: rapid urbanization and motorization. Lack of access afflicts both low-income communities scattered throughout the city and low- to medium-income people living in suburbs and peripheral settlements who use private cars and motorcycles on long, congested commutes. We define these groups as underserved – those who face restricted access to opportunities because of poor location or poor transport choices. This paper…

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