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World Employment and Social Outlook 2018: Greening with jobs

International Labor Organization  
Policy Initiative: Future of Work
13. May 2019

The long-term goal of the 2015 Paris Agreement is to keep the increase in global average temperature to less than 2°C above pre-industrial levels. The Agreement aims to help countries meet this target and strengthen societies’ capacities to address the wide-ranging impacts of climate change. The employment estimates in this report suggest that the net effect on job numbers will be positive. The transition to a green economy will inevitably cause job losses in certain sectors as carbon- and resource-intensive…

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Integrated Approaches To Sustainable Infrastructure

United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment)  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Infrastructure
3. May 2019

Infrastructure is central to development. It underpins the functioning of economies and delivers the services that are essential to human health and well-being. Indeed, complex and diverse forms of infrastructure – such as systems for energy, transport, buildings, food, water and sanitation, waste management, industrial facilities and telecommunications – make up the basic physical and organizational structures that are needed to support development at the global level. This also includes natural infrastructure – such as ecosystems and landscapes – as…

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Building Digital Competencies to Benefit from Frontier Technologies

United Nations Conference on Trade and Development  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Digital Economy
3. May 2019

Digital technologies are already producing an impact on many areas of social and economic life, including employment opportunities. The deployment of existing and emerging technologies offers potential to support the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, particularly in areas such as health, education, agriculture, new enterprise development, gender equality and environmental sustainability. However, rapid technological change also creates concerns and challenges, since new technologies can also increase inequalities. Building digital competencies can help countries maximize technologies in societies.…

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Responding to climate change in contexts of urban poverty and informality

International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)  
Policy Initiative: Climate Action
3. May 2019

Our understanding of climate change impacts and vulnerability in urban centres has grown rapidly in recent years, as has the number of cities developing and implementing plans to respond to the challenges of climate change. More recently, there has been an increase in attention paid to the particular issues associated with informal settlements and climate change. This is essential because of the rapid expansion of low-income neighbourhoods in cities throughout the global South, and because many of these settlements are…

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Engaging the Private Sector in National Adaptation Planning Processes

GIZ, NAP Global Network and International Institute for Sustainable Development  
Policy Initiative: Climate Action
3. May 2019

Adapting to the impacts of climate change, whether at the national, sub-national or community level, is not the responsibility of national governments alone. It requires the coordinated input of multiple stakeholders, including local authorities, development partners, communities and civil society. Businesses and investors also need to be involved, as they are the key engines of economic growth in developing countries, accounting for 60 per cent of gross domestic product, 80 per cent of capital flows and 90 per cent of…

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Launching the Sustainable Finance Map of Geneva

International Institute for Sustainable Development  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Finance
3. May 2019

One of the greatest challenges to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is paying for them. Recently, IISD and its partners Sustainable Finance Geneva, the SDG Lab and the Canton de Genève launched an interactive mapping to better understand the organizations working on sustainable finance in and around Geneva. This is the vital first product in a broader collaboration around sustainable finance. This comprehensive map identifies 145 organizations on both sides of the lake working on sustainable finance in some way.…

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If you want to prosper, consider building roads

Deloitte Insights  
Policy Initiative: Innovation and Economic Diversification
3. May 2019

If you want to prosper, first build roads, says a Chinese proverb.1 This certainly appears to hold true in Africa. China’s Belt and Road and Silk Road initiatives are creating fresh waves of road, rail, port, and energy investment in Africa, making the continent more connected internally and with the outside world. There are concerns about China’s interests in Africa, with criticisms often ranging from China’s self-interest to the nature of the financing relationship and increasing indebtedness of African economies.…

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More than just cherry blossoms: PPPs & infrastructure bloom at World Bank-IMF Spring Meetings

The World Bank and IMF  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Infrastructure
26. April 2019

Spring in Washington, D.C. means cherry blossoms, warmer weather, and of course the Spring Meetings of the World Bank Group and International Monetary Fund. And with them, the buzz and crowds nearly rival those at ground zero for spring in D.C. at the National Mall’s reflecting pools. The meetings and related events, held April 9–14, are attended by about 2,800 delegates from member countries, 350 observer organization representatives, 800 members of the press, and 550 representatives from civil society organizations.…

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