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Debt Vulnerabilities in Developing Countries: A New Debt Trap?

United Nations Conference on Trade and Development  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Finance
12. October 2018

Yet again, unsustainable international debt burdens haunt the developing world and are fast becoming a core obstacle to the international community delivering on its repeated promises to enable sustainable development finance.For the best part of two decades, the driving motor of the global economy has been debt, issued on a whim and traded for speculative purposes, rather than backing productive and long-term investment, including into the structural transformation of developing economies. The two volumes of this publication gather a range…

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Global Value Chain Policy Series: Regulatory Coherence

World Economic Forum  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Global Policy
12. October 2018

The global economy is characterized by international production networks, where firms operate through trade, foreign direct investment (FDI) and strategic partnerships. While international agreements have been effective in bringing down tariffs and improving market access for FDI, non-tariff measures and domestic regulation can create transaction costs that add up along the value chain. Costs can arise due to the restrictiveness of the regulation itself or due to differences between regulations in different markets. This paper focuses on the latter. It…

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Safeguarding NDC Implementation: Building resilience into energy systems

International Institute for Sustainable Development  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Infrastructure
12. October 2018

This short brief aims to enhance awareness and highlight the importance of integrating weather and climate-related risk into the planning stages of energy infrastructure development. As countries are developing long-term low-carbon development strategies and pursue mitigation measures as part of their Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC), it is essential to increase understanding about the need to identify and assess climate-related risks when appraising new energy projects or managing infrastructure portfolios. Taking into consideration the potential risks of climate change will improve…

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A New Model of Climate Ambition

Third Generation Environmentalism  
Policy Initiative: Climate Action
12. October 2018

E3G has been calling for a new model of climate ambition where international cooperation is strengthened to accelerate the decarbonization of the real economy, in the hope that progress in these areas can be used to drive further national ambition at home and in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) process. E3G | A New Model of Climate Ambition

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Will New Technologies Help or Harm Developing Countries?

Project Syndicate  
Policy Initiative: Digital Economy
12. October 2018

Trade and technology present an opportunity when they are able to leverage existing capabilities, and thereby provide a more direct and reliable path to development. When they demand complementary and costly investments, they are no longer a shortcut around traditional manufacturing-led development. PS | Will New Technologies Help or Harm Developing Countries?

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The development of a global sustainable finance system: an update from Climate Week NYC

Third Generation Environmentalism  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Finance
5. October 2018

The old order of managing the global finance system has changed. With this shift, comes the development of a sustainable finance system as a priority for the sake of the planet. With so many countries, businesses and interests involved it is not clear what this should look like. What is clear however, is that international cooperation and collaboration are the key ingredients to delivering a stable sustainable finance system. E3G | The development of a global sustainable finance system: an…

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How is research policy across the OECD organised?

Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Global Policy
5. October 2018

Building on a newly created policy indicator database, this paper provides a first systematic comparison of the governance of public research policy across 35 OECD countries from 2005 to 2017. The database was obtained following a three-year process that involved the development of an ontology of the governance of public research policy as well as data collection and validation by national authorities. The data show diverse institutions and mechanisms of policy action regarding higher education institutions (HEIs) and public research…

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Credit Enhancement for Sustainable Infrastructure

International Institute for Sustainable Development  
5. October 2018

Credit enhancement is particularly valuable for infrastructure planners in developing countries. Policy-makers in these countries face an uphill challenge in preparing projects and raising capital. They face public budgetary constraints on one side coupled with debt ceilings and narrow capital markets on the other. They all aspire to attract private capital, and this might only be realized when good project planning is combined with innovative credit enhancement. To address this challenge, over the first half of 2018, the International Institute…

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