How to ensure effective sustainable financing of international development The world is committed to the development of low-income countries. Christine Lagarde considers the obstacles that must be overcome What’s wrong with the WTO’s Environmental Goods Agreement? Developing countries have not participated in the negotiations aimed at bringing down barriers to trade in environmental goods. Jaime de Melo and Jean-Marc Solleder consider a developing country perspective Global economy threatened by ‘sustainable’ investments Governments are pressuring portfolio managers to invest their clients’ funds in sustainables. Martin Hutchinson critically examines the arguments made in favour of investing in sustainables Climate reality reassures India and China There have been no signs of dangerous global warming for nearly two decades. Vijay Jayaraj finds that the developing world needs reliable energy and the coal preference continues A long-term climate protection strategy Angela Merkel considers climate change and believes that lasting growth and prosperity cannot be achieved if the whole package is not sustainable Do calls for ‘enhancement’ of Paris Agreement commitments make sense? It depends G7 leaders should ignore calls to strengthen emission reduction pledges, argues Tom Harris, and instead focus on adapting to climate change Hydrogen: the missing link for the energy transition Nicolas Kraus discusses hydrogen technology and how it can contribute to meeting the climate goals set for Europe A new way to measure development: the Inclusive Development Index Richard Samans proposes an index that recognises development, sustainability and inclusion to regain public confidence in growth forecasts What level of ‘carbon’ tax is appropriate? Tracy Miller considers the social cost of carbon and finds that the government should not tax CO2 Enabling ICT for development Interview with Dr M-H Carolyn Nguyen, who explains why governments need to start thinking seriously about how to leverage ICT for their development goals, and why an appropriate policy environment is crucial to enable the level of investment necessary to support sustainable economic growth The coming EVolution of road transport Aaron Cosbey examines the full impacts of a low-carbon future on the transport sector, where governments and carmakers are hastening the end of the internal combustion engine Have fewer kids to fight climate change? You don't need to weigh your children's contribution to global warming, argues Cal Beisner Can Industry 4.0 save the planet? The use of technologies, techniques and business models linked to industry 4.0 will be essential to achieve a low carbon transition, and the the public sector will play a key role, argue Tomas Wyns and Martin Porter Emergence of the coal alliance Vijay Jayaraj writes about the concerns of the developing world about the carbon imperialism imposed on them by the Paris Agreement Development review brings welcome focus on trade finance gap The UN review of the trade financing gap is a welcome step in addressing this chronic problem, the International Chamber of Commerce writes Saxony’s green tech: ready for the future Saxony’s long tradition as an industrial centre has enabled the development of green technology expertise, the Saxony Economic Development Corporation write Promoting climate protection while preventing protectionism Susanne Dröge says it is time to talk openly about the options and the risks and to agree on protecting the climate without protectionism Reinvoking a notion of ‘freedomhood’ in developmental discourse Deepanshu Mohan says that any path to development that restricts freedom is nothing more but a mirage to developmental growth Post-Brexit trade and development policy Richard Baldwin, Paul Collier and Anthony Venables suggest that the time is ripe for the UK to embrace a new trade and development agenda to demonstrate a country ready to play a key role on the world stage 54 states and infrastructure financing challenges in Africa Asmita Parshotam and Cyril Prinsloo examine the challenges African countries face in filling the infrastructure financing gap Internet governance and global goals – strength in diversity Elizabeth Thomas-Raynaud on the role the internet can play in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals New globalization through investment Joaquim Levy believes greater infrastructure investment can help raise potential growth and invigorate the globalization agenda The rise of sustainable FDI: emerging trends in the SADC region Growing FDI inflows into Africa has led to countries re-examining their FDI policies to align them with the international trend toward sustainable FDI, Chelsea Markowitz and Azwimpheleli Langalanga write Pyramid vs. oceanic circles. Facilitating sub-regional trade for sustainable development Bipul Chatterjee and Susan Mathew deliberate on why South Asia needs to adopt an oceanic circle model vis-à-vis pyramid model for facilitating trade
Combatting climate change Matthias Kroll looks at financing the 1.5°C limit by matching new ‘green helicopter QE’ with private capital Methane regulations an expensive mistake Tim Ball and Tom Harris examine the costs to the oil and gas sector by the EPA’s misguided regulations Climate science, energy policy, poverty, and Christian faith: how do they connect? E Calvin Beisner finds that the campaign to fight global warming by reducing fossil fuel usage is in fact a campaign of anti-humanism, condemning the world’s poor to low incomes and high rates of disease and premature death
Developed countries must opt out of expensive climate mitigation commitments Risks of misguided climate change policy far outweigh the risks of man-made climate change, Tom Harris argues Examining the interplay between climate change and nuclear weapons Rob van Riet says conflicts induced or exacerbated by climate change could contribute to global insecurity, which, in turn, could enhance the chance of a nuclear weapon being used The Paris Agreement: built to last As the dust begins to settle following the COP 21 in December, the time has come for a reality check, Frédéric Gagnon-Lebrun writes Sustainable development challenges Deepanshu Mohan and Arun Kumar Kaushik analyze some of the challenges that are likely to crop up from the designed path to sustainable development Climate change, conflict and the sustainable development goals In those fragile states most in need of development progress SDG 16 is central to achieving immediate and future wellbeing, Alec Crawford asserts 2030 Agenda: our legacy to future generations? The WFC Global Policy Action Plan presents a collection of well researched, holistic policy examples that offer a sustainable pathway, embracing a future-just perspective, bringing long lasting solutions, writes Catherine Pearce Climate change: putting a price on carbon Kurt Van Dender, Johanna Arlinghaus, Luisa Dressler, Florens Flues and Michelle Harding write that carbon taxes and emissions trading systems will play a more prominent role in the future in cutting emissions China's ETS: a vote of confidence in carbon markets Carbon markets have recently received a huge vote of confidence from China, Andrei Marcu writes An opportunity to meet further challenges 2015 offers the opportunity to end poverty, reduce inequality and to avert the destructive effects of a global temperature rise, Petros Fassoulas writes Innovation, decarbonisation, and Europe’s economic transformation Martin Porter writes that it is the time for Europe to lead – not just at COP21, but in its economic approach to the industrial innovation and the transition to a new economy Fuel subsidies in Nigeria Peter Wooders says there are better ways to help the poor (and the economy and the environment) European political preferences for decarbonisation The MSR vote is a litmus test for support from the European Parliament and the European Council for the ETS, Georg Zachmann writes 100% renewable energy: a tool for low-carbon development Anna Leidreiter writes about the pioneers in the renewable energy field On the road to Paris. A global deal is our business Emma Marcegaglia has 10 recommendations to ensure success in the COP21 international climate change negotiations The climate scare's 'useful idiots' Tom Harris writes that coal executives and conservatives are unwittingly promoting global warming concerns People, planet and prosperity With the countdown to UN Sustainable Development Goals well underway ICC lends a helping hand for businesses to foster their implementation The road to COP21 climate talks John Danilovich says business is ready and willing to play a central role in enhancing the effectiveness of climate policy Beyond greenwashing: when ‘business-as-usual’ means sustainability Fiona Bywaters says that with the right policies in place to facilitate innovation, business has a key role to play in securing a sustainable world for future generations Progressives should demand a reassessment of climate change concerns Adherence to global warming dogma violating causes held dear by the left, Tom Harris writes Reconsidering climate change Climate sceptics include many of the world’s most qualified scientists - ignoring them is causing disaster for the world’s most vulnerable people, Tom Harris argue Leadership for an ambitious climate agreement Only with determined and collective global action can we solve pressing global environmental, societal and economic issues, like climate change, asserts John Danilovich Four species of sustainability Paul Driessen writes that distinguishing the ‘real deal’ from agenda-driven varieties is key to business success
Getting the European energy policy back on track Without the implementation of a realistic climate policy, the goal of an affordable and reliable energy supply will soon be out of sight, Stephan de Vries argues American oil from American soil In a Q&A with World Commerce Review, Chris Faulkner, President & CEO of Breitling Energy Corporation, forecasts a golden era for oil and gas exploration and production in America Sustainable growth requires a long term focus from business For businesses to thrive in the long term requires both a focus on business opportunities and a broader consideration of corporate governance, Ian Goldin finds An end to support for renewables? The wrong battle to fight Support for renewables is here to stay. Would it not be better for conventional generators to explore new business models? Fabio Genoese asks Beyond 2015: integrating universal energy access in the new development framework Arno Behrens says today’s developing countries require access to secure, affordable, clean and sustainable energy services to fight poverty Building on success to tackle climate pollutants Long ago the effects of climate change began exerting significant economic impacts on core areas such as infrastructure, public safety, public health, farming, forestry and mining, finds Scott Vaughan IISD sees ways to increase private sector investment in climate change mitigation through NAMAs One of the fundamental challenges facing governments looking to develop effective climate change solutions is effectively leveraging private finance, say Jessica Boyle, Avet Khachatryan and Philip Gass Economic growth 2.0 Connie Hedegaard believes that only a sustainable growth model can ensure a decent life in the 21st century for the children born today Sustainable Development Archive To link to archive articles click here
The UN's development agenda: an opportunity to cement private sector-led growth The United Nations has embarked on an ambitious effort to define forward-looking objectives to succeed the MDGs. Adam Greene and Norine Kennedy outline the debate