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The Global Fuel Economy Initiative and the Global Climate Partnership Fund Working Together Towards Sustainable Mobility

UN Environment  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Infrastructure
23. August 2019

Mobility is a key feature of modern society, and advancements in transportation technology have been an important driver for social and economic development, since the first steam locomotives started transporting people and goods in the late eighteenth century. Nowadays, there are more than 1 billion cars on the roads. Land-based passenger travel accounts for approximately 12.5 per cent of the global CO2 emissions from fuel combustion and is the main reason for poor air quality in cities. Even with the increase…

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Private Sector Engagement at the 2019 UN Environment Assembly

UN Environment  
Policy Initiative: Innovation and Economic Diversification
23. August 2019

The UN Environment Assembly is the world’s highest-level decision-making body on the environment. Created in June 2012 at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), the Assembly convenes all 193 UN member States to tackle our most critical global environmental challenges. Through its resolutions and calls to action, it provides the global leadership and inter-governmental action so critical to the health of our planet. But action needs broad-based public-private partnerships. It is these partnerships which have the capacity to…

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How to Develop a Non-Motorized Transport Strategy

UN Environment  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Infrastructure
23. August 2019

Non-motorised transport offers basic mobility, affordable transport, access to public transport and health benefits. Improving the convenience, comfort and safety of walking and cycling reduces the demand for travel by personal motor vehicles, helping to alleviate the critical traffic challenges facing many cities. As zero-emission modes, walking and cycling are critical efforts in reducing the harmful local pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. UN Environment | How to Develop a Non-Motorized Transport Strategy

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Public-Private Partnership Needed to Address Infrastructure Financing Challenges: Indranee

The Straits Time  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Finance
16. August 2019

The current rate of public sector financing for infrastructure projects is insufficient and unsustainable for Asia's significant growing infrastructure needs, said Minister in the Prime Minister's Office Indranee Rajah on Friday. Government financing accounts for 90 per cent of infrastructure expenditure in Asia, compared to 70 per cent in emerging markets and 40 per cent worldwide, she noted. The Straits Time | Public-Private Partnership Needed to Address Infrastructure Financing Challenges: Indranee

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The Political Economy of Measuring the Sustainable Development Goals

United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Global Policy
16. August 2019

This paper outlines some of the key differences between the Milennium Development Goals and the SDGs, before detailing some of the measurement challenges involved in compiling the SDG indicators. The paper also examines some of the unanticipated consequences arising from the mechanisms put in place to measure progress from both a statistical and political economy perspective.   United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) | The Political Economy of Measuring the Sustainable Development Goals

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ASEAN Youth Technology, Skills and the Future of Work

World Economic Forum  
Policy Initiative: Digital Economy
16. August 2019

Based on a survey of 56,000 youths aged 15-35 years old from six countries in the South-East Asia region (ASEAN), this report analyses the views of young ASEAN citizens on future of work, skills and technology. The survey finds that ASEAN youths are highly aware of potential disruption and challenges brought by the Fourth Industrial Revolution to the local labour markets, and they are aware they must constantly upgrade their skills. It also details their skills gap, their future career…

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How Insurtech Can Close the Protection Gap in Emerging Markets

International Finance Corporation  
Policy Initiative: Digital Economy
9. August 2019

Insurance technology, better known as Insurtech, is a rapidly growing industry that is beginning to disrupt traditional insurance provision in advanced and emerging economies alike, and is creating opportunities and challenges for incumbents, start-ups, and investors. The opportunity offered by insurtech is particularly significant in emerging markets, where a large “protection gap” exists due to low insurance penetration. This has major development implications due to the fact that economic growth and insurance penetration are closely intertwined. Technology and new business…

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Which Boats are Lifted by a Foreign Tide? Direct and Indirect Wage Effects of Foreign Ownership

Kiel Institute for the World Economy  
Policy Initiative: Innovation and Economic Diversification
9. August 2019

The attraction of foreign direct investment (FDI) is considered to be of particular importance for emerging economies because it represents a channel through which international convergence in standards of living may be achieved. One important effect of FDI is its impact on wages, both within the targeted firm (direct) and the local firms within the same geographic region and sector (indirect). In this paper we investigate the question whether multinational enterprises (MNEs) raise or lower wages directly and indirectly, both…

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