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Principles, Priorities and Pathways for Inclusive Green Economies: Economic transformation to deliver the SDGs

Green Growth Knowledge Platform  
Policy Initiative: Climate Action
19. July 2019

Since the industrial revolution, our economies have delivered huge advances in material prosperity. Stemming from this development, economies are still measured and managed in ways that incentivise overconsumption, damage nature and social bonds, and drive climate change. Significant economic, societal and institutional changes are now needed if the Sustainable Development Goals and climate goals are to be achieved. Several major institutions working in the field have therefore met several times to share learning and combine efforts. They have now reached a…

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Modelling for Sustainable Development: New decisions for a new age

IISD  
Policy Initiative: Climate Action
15. July 2019

The decisions of public and private sector actors must incorporate sustainable development considerations. Doing so, however, requires the ability to model these same considerations, as well as the impacts of a particular policy or project. The design and choice of these models is crucial, and must involve a holistic approach that brings together the various actors and interests involved. These models must also be able to meet decision-maker's needs and inform decisions that contribute to sustainable development. To support this…

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Handbook of Green Finance: Energy Security and Sustainable Development

Asian Development Bank Institute  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Finance
15. July 2019

Recently, global investment in renewables and energy efficiency has declined, and there is a risk that it will slow further. Clearly, fossil fuels still dominate energy investments, particularly as several developed and developing economies are still following pro-coal energy policies. The extra CO2 generated from new coal-fired power plants could more than eliminate any reductions in emissions made by other nations. Finance is the engine for developing infrastructural projects, including energy projects. By providing several thematic and country chapters, this…

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Plastics and Circular Economy: Community Solutions

Global Environment Facility  
Policy Initiative: Circular Economy
15. July 2019

This publication captures the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grant Programme's (SGP) experiences and lessons learned on plastics management, spanning not only the area of chemical and waste management, but also international waters and biodiversity conservation. The projects focus on implementing a circular economy either through recycling, reducing and reusing plastics for new products, influencing consumer use and behaviour, or developing better waste collection and management practices at the community level. Some of these initiatives have also been scaled up in…

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Quality Infrastructure for Sustainable Development

UNIDO  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Infrastructure
15. July 2019

The contribution of quality infrastructure (QI) to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and its relevance is often not well known. The achievement of the SDGs requires a radical change of economic activities, social practices and human behaviour. The QI systems with all the building blocks in place – standardisation, metrology, accreditation and conformity assessment, testing, certification and inspection, play a fundamental role in supporting this transformation. QI can help consumers make informed choices, encourage innovation, lead businesses to take up…

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South Africa Launches Green Transport Strategy

IISD  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Infrastructure
6. July 2019

South Africa has launched the country’s first Green Transport Strategy (GTS) to promote a transport system that is environmentally friendly and helps boost economic growth and create jobs. In South Africa, the transport sector is the most rapidly growing source of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The Strategy will, inter alia: enable the transport sector to contribute its fair share to national efforts to combat climate change and thus promote behavioral changes towards sustainable mobility. Its goals are, among others, to…

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How Institutional Arrangements Can Engage Small Businesses in Climate Adaptation

IISD  
Policy Initiative: Climate Action
6. July 2019

Micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) are the cornerstone for many economies worldwide, accounting for 60 per cent of employment in developing countries and an average of 50 per cent of GDP. IISD highlights their pivotal role in global sustainable development and dig into the pressures they face responding to one of the most demanding challenges of our time: climate change. IISD | How Institutional Arrangements Can Engage Small Businesses in Climate Adaptation

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Knowing What You Spend: A guidance note for governments to track climate change finance in their budgets

UNDP  
Policy Initiative: Climate Action
6. July 2019

This guidance note is intended for government agencies responsible for climate finance within Ministries of Finance, Ministries of Planning, or climate change policy making bodies (e.g. Climate Change Commissions, Ministry of Climate Change, Ministry of Environment and Forests etc.) that wish to set up a Climate Budget Tagging (CBT) system or strengthen an existing one. The note focuses on the design of a CBT system that is grounded in government financial management and, as such, covers public sector expenditure –…

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