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G20: Concert of great powers or guardian of global well-being?

Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik  
Policy Initiative: Other
12. May 2016

Eight years after its formation at the leaders’ level, the Group of 20 (G20) has consolidated its status as the power centre of global economic governance. The informal club of 19 nation-states plus the European Union has set itself ambitious goals. They want to lead the global economy towards “strong, sustainable and balanced growth”. Opinions on the success and the broader implications of the G20 diverge widely in global conversations (Bradford & Lim, 2011). Critical voices point to the fundamental…

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Reporting on the Sustainable Development Goals-Challenges for OECD Countries. Part 2: Universality

International Institute for Sustainable Development  
Policy Initiative: Other
6. May 2016

In the second in a series of blog postings on the challenges that OECD countries face in reporting on their progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals, Mark Halle unpacks the meaning of "universality." IISD | Reporting on the Sustainable Development Goals-Challenges for OECD Countries. Part 2: Universality

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China and the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement

Center for International Governance Innovation  
Policy Initiative: Other
6. May 2016

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement was concluded in October 2015, but still faces the challenge of ratification in each of the 12 member countries that are partners to the agreement. China, the world’s second-largest economy, is not part of the TPP agreement, which has provoked a great deal of debate within China on the best strategy for it to take to deal with the TPP. This paper discusses China’s possible trade strategy in light of the TPP, raising three issues…

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Key Ingredients, Challenges and Lessons from Biodiversity Mainstreaming in South Africa

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development  
Policy Initiative: Innovation and Economic Diversification
6. May 2016

This paper provides an in-depth review of experiences and insights from mainstreaming biodiversity and development in South Africa. More specifically, it describes how biodiversity considerations have been mainstreamed in five key sectors/areas, namely: land use planning, mining, water, infrastructure, and the agricultural sector. It discusses the types of barriers and challenges that have been encountered, the key ingredients and lessons learned to help ensure more effective biodiversity mainstreaming, and the role of development co-operation in supporting in mainstreaming in South…

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High and Dry : Climate Change, Water, and the Economy

The World Bank  
Policy Initiative: Climate Action
4. May 2016

This report is about water, the forgotten child of the climate change negotiations. The analysis reported here suggests that changes to water resources due to climate change will be strikingly uneven and unfair across the globe. They will jeopardize growth prospects in the regions worst affected and in some of the poorest countries. These challenges are not insurmountable, however, and smart policies that induce water-use efficiency, align incentives across regional and trading partners, and invest in adaptive technologies can go…

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Carbon pricing revenues could close infrastructure gaps. Introducing domestic carbon pricing to cover investment needs for infrastructure

Stiftung Mercator  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Infrastructure
28. April 2016

Implementing a price on greenhouse gas emissions could not only contribute to reducing the risk of dangerous anthropogenic climate change, but would also generate substantial public revenues which could be used to cover investment needs for infrastructure. In this way, emission pricing could promote sustainable socio-economic development by safeguarding the stability of natural systems which constitute the material basis of economies. The study conducted by the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC) suggests that domestic carbon…

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Common challenges for Europe and Asia as interdependence grows

Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau  
Policy Initiative: Other
28. April 2016

The European Union and developing and emerging countries in Asia are moving closer together. Not only have trade relationships become considerably stronger, the flow of finance and foreign direct investment has increased too. There is also a growing recognition that both regions will be faced with similar challenges in the future, such as intensifying climate protection, rectifying infrastructure deficits – a key obstacle to growth – and demographic change. Increased cooperation and wide-ranging sharing of experience would help both regions…

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A Standard Contract for PPPs the World Over: Recommended PPP Contractual Provisions Submitted to the G20

Heinrich Böll Stiftung  
Policy Initiative: Other
28. April 2016

At the request of the G20, staff at the World Bank has prepared a report recommending model language for public-private partnership (PPP) contracts. Unfortunately, the proposals fail to grapple with several of the problems that have plagued many PPP schemes, or contribute in a constructive way to finding solutions to them. The failure is largely the consequence of the authors’ preoccupation with the interests of private investors, often to the prejudice of their public partners. Many governments lack the readiness and capacity to negotiate and implement PPPs and even determined…

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