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Blue Economy: Community Solutions

Global Environment Facility  
Policy Initiative: Climate Action
9. November 2018

This publication includes examples from across different continents, ecosystems and cultures, but they all address the priorities of livelihoods and conservation in combination and bring benefits on both fronts. By giving local communities an immediate, concrete stake in the sustainable management of the ocean’s resources, these projects have each secured the local stewardship they need to be a viable, long-term part of the blue economy. GEF | Blue Economy: Community Solutions

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New Frontiers in Gender-responsive Governance: Five Years of the W20

Chatham House  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Global Policy
9. November 2018

After five years of the W20, women and gender equality remain at the margin of the G20. There is a real risk of the W20 representing a one-off territorial gain at a frontier that could easily be pushed back again. CH | New Frontiers in Gender-responsive Governance: Five Years of the W20

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Turning promises into action: Gender equality in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

UN Women  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Global Policy
9. November 2018

“Turning promises into action: Gender equality in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”, UN Women’s new flagship report, provides a comprehensive and authoritative assessment of progress, gaps and challenges in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) from a gender perspective. The report monitors global and regional trends in achieving the SDGs for women and girls based on available data, and provides practical guidance for the implementation of gender-responsive policies and accountability processes. As a source of high-quality data and…

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Measuring the impact of businesses on people’s well-being and sustainability

Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)  
Policy Initiative: Innovation and Economic Diversification
9. November 2018

Businesses have a significant impact on people’s economic and social conditions, as well as on environmental outcomes. This paper presents an overview of the various kinds of initiatives aimed at measuring or reporting on business’ impact, or certain aspects of it. It shows that despite the proliferation of information and frameworks to measure these impacts, there is currently no common understanding and practice on how to assess the performance of businesses in different social and environmental areas. Building on the…

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Construction Industry Value Chain

International Finance Corporation  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Infrastructure
2. November 2018

The global construction industry is the world’s largest consumer of raw materials, and constructed entities account for between 25 and 40 percent of total carbon emissions in the world. The industry is projected to grow at 4.2 percent annually between 2018 and 2023 in terms of market value, with expansion opportunities in residential, nonresidential, and infrastructure projects. This expected growth and the imperative toward decarbonisation signaled by the Paris Agreement have created the impetus for sustainable construction. Construction companies are…

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How the G20 Can Help Sustainably Reshape the Global Trade System: A Compilation of Analysis

International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development  
Policy Initiative: Innovation and Economic Diversification
2. November 2018

Gathering in Mar del Plata in September 2018, G20 trade and investment ministers agreed to “step up dialogue and actions to mitigate risks and enhance confidence in international trade.” The global trade and investment system is in need of such a boost. Trust in the multilateral trading system, for example, is diminishing as economic heavyweights increasingly apply trade measures and practices that undermine the principles and rules that underpin the World Trade Organization (WTO). In this context, and ahead of the…

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Inclusive Green Growth Index: A New Benchmark for Quality of Growth

Asian Development Bank  
Policy Initiative: Innovation and Economic Diversification
2. November 2018

This publication launches the Inclusive Green Growth Index, which captures the key dimensions of economic growth, social equity, and environmental sustainability. The index’s 28 performance indicators include data over time—and across countries—on various aspects of growth and policy outcomes in areas where higher investment will advance better quality of growth and living standards. Designed as an easy-to-use guide for policy makers and stakeholders in development, the Inclusive Green Growth Index builds on current measures and indices. It is a powerful…

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Global Microscope 2018: The Enabling Environment for Financial Inclusion

Inter-American Development Bank  
Policy Initiative: Digital Economy
2. November 2018

The 2018 Global Microscope provides a unique insight into the leading practices that governments and regulators are adopting to channel the digital revolution of financial services into greater levels of financial inclusion. It sets a model for an enabling environment for financial inclusion across five domains: 1. Government and Policy Support; 2. Stability and Integrity; 3. Products and Outlets; 4. Consumer Protection; and 5. Infrastructure. Developed through expert consultation, the five-part model framework represents the key elements that need to…

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