Sustainable Growth Newswire

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Climate for Sustainable Growth – White paper

Centre for European Policy Studies  
Policy Initiative: Climate Action
25. February 2016

This White Paper is part of the CEPS project ‘Climate for Sustainable Growth’, whose main objective is to analyse the impacts of climate change mitigation measures on the three pillars of sustainable development: the economic, environmental and social. It does so by looking at the positive as well as adverse - both intended and unintended - impacts of climate change mitigation policies and projects. While this paper fully recognizes that mitigation policies have both positive and adverse impacts, the focus…

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Climate resilience and financial services

Overseas Development Institute  
Policy Initiative: Climate Action
25. February 2016

This paper aims to answer three research questions for each of the three contexts assessed: What is the availability and use of financial services? How can financial services contribute to building climate resilience in terms of managing climate- related risks and exploiting climate-related opportunities? How can policy-makers support the development of financial services to build climate resilience? Drawing from the findings of the analysis, the authors recommend strengthening the financial infrastructure, engaging with domestic financial service providers and telecoms companies and improving…

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Sustainable Urban Mobility Report – Indore

World Business Council for Sustainable Development  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Infrastructure
25. February 2016

SMP2.0 has been collaborating with six cities to test and refine its methodology and tools for integrated sustainable urban mobility planning. Indore has been one of the six cities and has worked with Ford Motors (lead), BMW Group, Feedback Brisa Highways (Ezeeway), Volkswagen and Fujitsu from July 2014. This report details how the different steps of the engagement happened in Indore and their outcomes including Indore Mobility Roadmap. World Business Council for Sustainable Development | Sustainable Urban Mobility Report –…

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Achieving Skill Mobility in the ASEAN Economic Community: Challenges, Opportunities, and Policy Implications

Asian Development Bank  
Policy Initiative: Innovation and Economic Diversification
18. February 2016

This report examines the challenges ASEAN member states face in achieving the goal of greater mobility for the highly skilled, including hurdles in recognizing professional qualifications, opening up access to certain jobs, and a limited willingness by professionals to move due to perceived cultural, language, and socioeconomic differences. The cost of these barriers is staggering and could reduce the region’s competitiveness in the global market This report launches a multiyear effort by ADB and the Migration Policy Institute to better understand the issues and…

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Scaling Up Climate Action through Value Chain Mobilization

World Economic Forum  
Policy Initiative: Climate Action
16. February 2016

The adoption of the Paris Agreement on 12 December by 195 governments is a major turning point in the global fight against climate change. To date, 190 governments have committed to specific actions to reduce their national greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, covering over 95% of total global emissions. While these efforts alone will not suffice in keeping the world climate-safe, these bottom-up national pledges will provide a solid foundation from which ambition can be ratcheted up in the coming years.…

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Do Resource-Rich Countries Suffer from a Lack of Fiscal Discipline?

World Bank  
Policy Initiative: Innovation and Economic Diversification
12. February 2016

Fiscal indicators for resource-rich and resource-poor low- and middle-income countries are compared using annual data from 1996 to 2012. Resource richness is defined by export composition: fuel greater than a 25 percent share and/or ores and metals greater than a 10 percent share. Fuel exporters have a significantly better general government fiscal balance than the rest of the sample, and higher revenues and expenditures, which are approximately evenly split between extra consumption expenditure and extra capital expenditure. Only about a…

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The New Imperative of Innovation Policy: Perspectives from Latin America and the Caribbean

Inter-American Development Bank  
Policy Initiative: Regional Integration
12. February 2016

The main purpose of this study is to present the conceptual basis that supports science, technology, and innovation (STI) policy in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). It starts by clarifying STI relationship, both conceptual and empirical, to economic growth and it explains how market and coordination failures hinder innovation. Then, it discusses a variety of demand- and supply-side policies aimed at addressing these private sector and institutional insufficiencies. In the specific case of LAC, it examines the region's underperformance…

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The Transition to a Low-carbon and Climate-resilient Economy from a Financial Sector Perspective

Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development  
Policy Initiative: Climate Action
12. February 2016

Climate change is a major political and economic challenge. This paper sketches out its relevance for the financial sector. Necessary low-carbon investments imply a significant yet manageable financing gap. However, we argue that beyond capital mobilisation that has attracted most attention until now, the main challenge is ensuring a transition-consistent capital reallocation. The financial sector has a key role to play in that respect, complementary to appropriately designed climate policies. To help the financial system fulfil its role, the understanding…

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