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The Other Infrastructure Gap: Sustainability

Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights & Heinrich Böll Foundation  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Infrastructure
26. October 2018

As countries hasten to plan and develop infrastructure, in some cases through massive regional infrastructure plans and mega-infrastructure projects, a number of questions arise: What kind of infrastructure is being developed and whose needs will it serve? Who may lose out in the process? How will it affect our development pathway? Is enough attention being given to the environmental and human rights gaps , in addition to the financing gap, in relation to mega-infrastructure project design, financing and investment decisions?…

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Building Circularity into our Economies through Sustainable Procurement

United Nations Environment Programme  
Policy Initiative: Circular Economy
26. October 2018

Building circularity into our economies through sustainable procurement aims to introduce the role that sustainable procurement can play to accelerate the transition to a circular economy and the shift towards more sustainable patterns of consumption and production, based on the work conducted by the United Nations Environment Programme in this field and on experience documented by partners and governments. The document intends to inform dialogues on how best to bring more circularity in our economies at global level; it is…

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Reporting Matters 2018

World Business Council for Sustainable Development  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Global Policy
26. October 2018

Sustainability reporting has come a long way since we (WBCSD) started Reporting matters. During this time, we’ve seen companies take a more balanced approach to reporting and the evolution of reporting formats to better connect with audiences beyond traditional reporting stakeholders. Our main report continues to focus on our evaluation framework, good practice examples and interviews with members. This year, we go deeper and look in detail at the underlying processes and impact of reporters’ activities on three key issues –…

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Mobilizing finance for corporate social impact: a primer for chief financial officers

World Business Council for Sustainable Development  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Finance
26. October 2018

Right now, corporate social impact strategies vary tremendously and the value they create for business and for society is poorly understood. There is no standard typology of social impact strategies or the financing solutions that make sense. And mainstream financial leaders in the corporate and the investment communities have, for the most part, yet to engage. As a result, in many companies, financing for social impact can be hard to find. Under the leadership and support of JPMorgan Chase &…

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Framing the Future of Work

World Bank Group  
Policy Initiative: Future of Work
26. October 2018

Digital technologies affect employment through complex channels: automation, connectivity, and innovation. Labor-saving technologies coupled with reshoring may disrupt labor markets in developing countries and result in job losses. Yet, technological change drives productivity gains in both white-collar and blue-collar jobs either through ICT uptake or modern mechanical technologies. Digital platforms increase flexibility and labor market transparency, but delink workers from employers and from social benefits and protections making them more vulnerable. Policymakers in rich and poor countries alike should rethink…

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A Zero-Carbon Economy Is Within Reach

Project Syndicate  
Policy Initiative: Climate Action
26. October 2018

Getting to net zero carbon emissions in just four decades is both necessary and a huge challenge. But the good news is that it is undoubtedly technically feasible – and at an acceptably low cost to the global economy. PS | A Zero-Carbon Economy Is Within Reach

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China’s Progress Towards Green Growth – An International Perspective

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

This report illustrates China’s progress towards green growth from an international perspective, with focus on industry and the interplay between industrial development and environment. It starts with depicting the structural shifts that the Chinese economy, in particular its industry, has undergone since the early 1990s. It briefly discusses the driving forces behind China’s emergence as global manufacturing powerhouse, and the environmental implications of this rapid phase of industrialisation. It also assesses China’s position vis-à-vis green growth using the OECD green…

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Aligning Investments with the Paris Agreement Temperature Goal: Challenges and opportunities for multilateral development banks

Germanwatch e.V and New Climate Institute  
Policy Initiative: Innovation and Economic Diversification
18. October 2018

Multilateral development banks (MDBs) have committed to aligning their operations with the Paris Agreement. Doing so is not only an obligation flowing from Article 2.1c of the Paris Agreement, but also carries many advantages for the banks and their client countries: It will enable the fulfilment of the Banks’ broader development mandate and can support their client countries in meeting their national goals and in realizing development gains from leapfrogging to modern, zerocarbon technologies. It will also avoid a lock-in of high-carbon infrastructure…

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