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What is Sustainable Infrastructure? A Framework to Guide Sustainability Across the Project Cycle

Inter-American Development Bank  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Infrastructure
16. April 2018

This study, published by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), presents a framework for both public and private sectors to support planning, designing, and financing of infrastructure that is economically, financially, socially, environmentally, and institutionally sustainable. It is intended to generate discussion amongst key stakeholders and serve as a basis for research and experimentation within the IDB and with clients; it should be considered as a working document. The purpose of the framework is to enhance clarity, reduce risks, and realize the…

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World Employment and Social Outlook: Trends for Women 2018 – Global Snapshot

International Labour Organisation  
Policy Initiative: Other
16. April 2018

The past 20 years have witnessed some progress for women in the world of work and in terms of gender equality in society. This report by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) looks at the progress (or lack thereof) made during the past decade and assesses women’s labour market prospects.   ILO | World Employment and Social Outlook: Trends for Women 2018 - Global Snapshot

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The challenges facing Latin America and the Caribbean regarding financing for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Finance
16. April 2018

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Addis Ababa Action Agenda of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction for 2015-2030 and the Paris climate accord map out a new development agenda. Fulfilling this new agenda will entail sweeping changes in the approach to sustainable development that will, in turn, call for the mobilisation of a massive amount of internal and external resources, along with changes in the way that initiatives are…

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Promoting Green Local Currency Bonds for Infrastructure Development in ASEAN+3

Asian Development Bank  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Finance
16. April 2018

The Asian Development Bank and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and the People’s Republic of China, Japan, and the Republic of Korea (ASEAN+3) are looking to explore options to promote green local currency-denominated bonds to meet the region’s infrastructure development needs. Green bonds — supported within the ASEAN+3 framework — would help meet the long-term financing of the region especially in its transition to a low-carbon region. This report, published by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), highlights an assessment…

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Adapting to Climate Change—Three Success Stories

International Monetary Fund  
Policy Initiative: Climate Action
9. April 2018

Climate change is one of the greatest threats facing our planet. Its negative effects on health, the biosphere, and labor productivity are already being felt throughout the world. Aware of the danger, communities, households, and governments have started taking measures to reduce their exposures and vulnerability to weather shocks and climate change. This study by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in the World Economic Outlook shows that public investment in adaptation can partially reduce the economic costs of severe weather events.…

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Reducing Risk, Addressing Climate Change Through Internal Carbon Pricing: A Primer for Indian Business

World Resources Institute  
Policy Initiative: Climate Action
9. April 2018

A growing number of businesses around the world are turning to internal carbon pricing as a tool to manage climate-related risks and transition to a low-carbon economy. There are early signs that internal carbon pricing is making inroads into progressive Indian businesses as well. But the early movers have reported a need for targeted guidance on how to implement carbon pricing in the Indian context. To address this challenge, this primer by the World Resources Institute (WRI) provides a seven-step…

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China’s Bold Energy Vision

Project Syndicate  
Policy Initiative: Climate Action
9. April 2018

This article, published by Project Syndicate, argues that China’s proposed Global Energy Interconnection – based on renewables, ultra-high-voltage transmission, and an AI-powered smart grid – represents the boldest global initiative by any government to achieve the goals of the Paris climate agreement. It is a strategy fit for the scale of the most important challenge the world faces today.   Project Syndicate | China’s Bold Energy Vision

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The Role of Business in the Circular Economy: Markets, Processes and Enabling Policies

Centre for European Policy Studies  
Policy Initiative: Digital Economy
29. March 2018

The circular economy is attracting significant interest worldwide, as evidenced by the numerous government strategies, business commitments and partnerships devoted to its development. At the EU level, the Action Plan for the Circular Economy and several other policy documents have demonstrated a strong commitment to move towards a low-carbon and circular economy. While the calls for a new economic model grow louder, it is clear that the transformation of markets and industries on a large scale will not be an…

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