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Paris to Paris: Raising Climate Finance Without Raising Global Temperature

International Institute for Sustainable Development  
Policy Initiative: Climate Action
11. December 2017

10 December marks two years since governments met to adopt Paris Agreement, an ambitious global plan to combat climate change and adapt to its effects. Under the presidency of Emmanuel Macron, France continues to spearhead climate diplomacy by convening the One Planet Summit. The difference this time is that the goal is not to have all countries at the table, but only climate leaders. But what does climate (and broader sustainability) leadership mean today – as we close out a year…

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India’s Energy Transition: Mapping Subsidies to Fossil Fuels and Clean Energy in India

International Institute for Sustainable Development  
Policy Initiative: Energy Policy
4. December 2017

This report, published by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), maps out the context, magnitude, trends and impacts of India’s energy subsidies. It aims to enhance transparency and dialogue on energy choices in India and to help track shifts in government support from fossil fuels to renewables.   IISD | India's Energy Transition: Mapping Subsidies to Fossil Fuels and Clean Energy in India

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Banking in Sub-Saharan Africa – Interim Report on Digital Financial Inclusion

Europen Investment Bank  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Finance
4. December 2017

This report by the European Investment Bank (EIB) summarises the discussions held in the context of the Roundtable on Digital Financial Inclusion in Africa during the 2017 EIB Africa Day, which was co-organised in Berlin on 6 July 2017 by the EIB, Afrika-Verein der Deutschen Wirtschaft and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. It aims at providing an interim thematic update in between two editions of the EIB’s Study of Banking Sectors in sub-Saharan Africa.   EIB |…

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Fuelling Trade in the Digital Era: The Global Landscape and Implications for Southeast Asia

Center for Trade and Sustainable Development  
Policy Initiative: Digital Economy
4. December 2017

The purpose of this paper, published by the International Center for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD),  is to propose specific ways in which developing countries can best fuel trade in the digital era. It pays special attention to Southeast Asia, a region where internet connectivity has skyrocketed with the proliferation of smartphones and where e-commerce is already playing a transformative role in fuelling small and medium enterprise development, trade, and economic growth. This paper argues that further gains from digitisation…

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Digital Trade-Related Provisions in Regional Trade Agreements: Existing Models and Lessons for the Multilateral Trade System

The E15 Initiative  
Policy Initiative: Digital Economy
4. December 2017

The rapid growth and diffusion of internet and digital technologies are fast upending global trade. In the absence of a wide-ranging World Trade Oragnisation (WTO) mandate for digital trade, regional trade agreements (RTAs) have emerged as the primary laboratories for new rules and disciplines. This paper, published by the E15 Initiative, provides an overview of the types of provisions found within RTAs that impact e-commerce and digital trade, and discusses the prospects for greater convergence in digital trade-related agreements ahead.   The…

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The Status of Climate Change Litigation: A Global Review

United Nations Environment Programme  
Policy Initiative: Climate Action
4. December 2017

Over the last decade, laws codifying national and international responses to climate change have grown in number, specificity, and importance. As these laws have recognised new rights and created new duties, litigation seeking to challenge either their facial validity or their particular application has followed. So too has litigation aimed at pressing legislators and policymakers to be more ambitious and thorough in their approaches to climate change. This report, published by the United Nations Environment Programme, provides judges, advocates, researchers, and the…

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Public-Private Partnership Monitor

Asian Development Bank  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Infrastructure
24. November 2017

This publication by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) provides information on the PPP business environment in nine ADB developing member countries to help public sector policy makers improve private sector participation in infrastructure projects. The first edition of the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Monitor tracks the development of the PPP business environment as well as the challenges of doing PPPs in nine of the ADB’s developing member countries (DMCs): Bangladesh, the People’s Republic of China, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Papua New Guinea,…

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Migration and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Overseas Development Institute  
Policy Initiative: Other
24. November 2017

Migration is one of the defining features of the 21st century and significantly contributes to economic and social development everywhere. As such, migration will be key to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In a series of eight briefings, the Oversease Development Institute (ODI), with the support of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), explains the relationship between migration and critical development issues that are central to the SDGs. The briefings provide a set of recommendations for governments…

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