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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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FDI and the Skill Premium : Evidence from Emerging Economies

The World Bank  
Policy Initiative: Innovation and Economic Diversification
18. October 2018

Foreign direct investment may play an important role in transferring technologies from high-income to emerging economies, which can lead to uneven effects on the wages of skilled and unskilled workers. This paper combines project-level data on greenfield foreign direct investment with household surveys to estimate the effects of foreign direct investment on the wage skill premium across sectors and regions in seven emerging economies (Brazil, Colombia, Ethiopia, Mexico, the Philippines, South Africa, and Vietnam). The results suggest that foreign direct…

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International Trade and the Transition to a More Resource Efficient and Circular Economy

Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)  
Policy Initiative: Circular Economy
18. October 2018

The transition towards a more resource efficient and circular economy has broad linkages with international trade through the emergence of global value chains as well as trade in second-hand goods, end-of-life products, secondary materials and waste. Despite of the potential linkages between trade and the circular economy, the existing research on this issue is limited to date. For this reason, this paper highlights the potential interaction of international trade and the circular economy in order to map out potential issues…

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The Global Competitiveness Report 2018

World Economic Forum  
Policy Initiative: Innovation and Economic Diversification
18. October 2018

In the midst of rapid technological change, political polarisation and a fragile economic recovery, it is critical that we define, assess and implement new pathways to growth and prosperity. The 2018 edition of the Global Competitiveness Report represents a milestone in the four-decade history of the series, with the introduction of the new Global Competitiveness Index 4.0. The new index sheds light on an emerging set of drivers of productivity and long-term growth in the era of the Fourth Industrial…

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From Planning to Action: Mainstreaming Climate Change Adaptation Into Development

World Resources Institute  
Policy Initiative: Climate Action
12. October 2018

As extreme weather events become more frequent and stronger, it is critical that policymakers and development practitioners incorporate climate change adaptation objectives into their sectoral policies and plans. This process, called mainstreaming, has the potential to improve the resilience of development outcomes, contribute to the more efficient use of resources, and avoid investments that unintentionally lead to maladaptation. But mainstreaming requires coordination among multiple actors, institutions, and processes, which can make the journey from a plan on paper to action…

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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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