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Water Infrastructure Criteria under the Climate Bonds Standard

World Resources Institute et. al  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Finance
25. May 2018

Healthy ecosystems like forests, wetlands, and farms are nature's water infrastructure. They are essential for buffering against floods and the provision of clean, ample water around the world – feeding growth in agriculture, industry, and cities. But unlike traditional pipes and pumps, “natural” infrastructure projects are rarely able to take advantage of bond financing by cities, companies and utilities. The Water Consortium, a global group of climate finance and sustainability organisations, created the Water Infrastructure Criteria of the Climate Bonds…

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Exploring Metrics to Measure the Climate Progress of Banks

World Resources Institute  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Finance
25. May 2018

Banks are under pressure to disclose how their lending and investment activities affect global climate goals, but have struggled to choose the right metrics. This paper informs the ongoing debate about how public- and private-sector banks should assess and report on their contribution to the transition toward a low-carbon economy. The research assesses the metrics that can be used to assess a bank’s contribution to the climate solution or problem. We categorise the existing metrics into greenhouse gas (GHG) accounting,…

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Migration, Environment and Climate Change: Policy Brief Series Issue 2 | Vol. 4 May 2018

International Organization for Migration  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Solutions on Migration
25. May 2018

Today, almost 15 per cent of the global population is on the move, with more than 244 million international migrants and 763 million internal migrants, UN statistics estimate. An increasing proportion of these migration flows are linked with the scarcity of natural resources. Consequently, on the one hand, the importance of managing natural resources is increasingly recognized in migration policies. On the other hand, these migration flows have become an important issue to consider in various international, regional and national…

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From Promise to Practice: Can South Africa’s Legal Framework for Mineral Resources Facilitate the Realisation of the Sustainable Development Goals?

South African Institute of International Affairs  
Policy Initiative: Other
25. May 2018

The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a concerted global effort to realise the imperatives of sustainability. It is crucial that South Africa, which plays a leading role on the African continent, makes every effort to realise the targets set out by the SDGs. This paper assesses the extent to which the legal framework governing mineral resources is capable of facilitating the realisation of two targets within the broader goal of ‘responsible consumption and production’. The focus is on two…

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The Changing Nature Of Work

World Bank Group  
Policy Initiative: Future of Work
18. May 2018

Concerns over technology-led disruption are far from new. Karl Marx worried that "machinery does not just act as a superior competitor to the worker, always on the point of making him superfluous. It is the most powerful weapon for suppressing strikes." Economist John Maynard Keynes warned in 1931 of widespread unemployment due to technology. The balance of evidence in this study does not suggest the world is, in 2018 any more than it was in 1867 or 1931, on the…

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World Employment Social Outlook 2018

International Labour Organization  
Policy Initiative: Future of Work
18. May 2018

The world of work is intrinsically linked to the natural environment. Jobs in agriculture, fisheries, forestry, tourism and other industries including pharmaceuticals, textiles and food and beverage depend on a healthy environment. Temperature rises like those expected due to climate change will increase the number of days that are too hot to work, putting workers’ health at risk and reducing productivity. This report shows that achieving environmental sustainability can create jobs. The green economy will be a major source of job…

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The Role of Investors in Promoting Sustainable Infrastructure Under the Belt and Road Initiative

Chatham House  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Infrastructure
18. May 2018

China is seeking to increase its overseas investments in infrastructure projects, and the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is its strategic vehicle to help achieve this. The initiative aims to improve connectivity between China and the world by encouraging investment in transport, energy and communications infrastructure. In light of the profound impacts of infrastructure on societies and the environment, the BRI will be crucial in determining whether countries are able to achieve more sustainable development patterns, and whether global emissions…

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Public-Private Partnerships Offer Transformative Positive Change

devex  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Finance
11. May 2018

During the World Bank-IMF Spring Meetings, some civil society organizations called for the World Bank Group to stop supporting client countries with public-private partnerships. Laurence Carter, senior director for infrastructure, public-private partnerships, and guarantees at the World Bank Group explains in this article  how the World Bank is involved in PPPs and why they can help countries make important advances toward the Sustainable Development Goals. Government budgets and aid alone cannot ensure that everyone gets access to sanitation, water, and electricity. To accomplish…

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