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May 2019
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
This report sets the economic and business case for urgent and ambitious action on biodiversity. It presents a preliminary assessment of current biodiversity-related finance flows, and discusses the key data and indicator gaps that need to be addressed to underpin effective monitoring of both the pressures on biodiversity and the actions (i.e. responses) being implemented. The report concludes with ten priority areas where G7 and other countries can prioritise their efforts.
April 2019
Inter-agency Task Force on Financing for Development
The 2019 Financing for Sustainable Development Report, the fourth report of the Inter-agency Task Force on Financing for Development, provides a comprehensive assessment of the state of sustainable finance, four years after the adoption of the Addis Ababa Action Agenda. The report warns that mobilizing sufficient financing remains a major challenge in implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Despite signs of progress, investments that are critical to achieving the SDGs remain underfunded and parts of the multilateral system are under strain.
March 2019
Inquiry into the Design of a Sustainable Financial System (UN Environment Inquiry)
The G20 Green Finance Study Group (GFSG) and Sustainable Finance Study Group (SFSG) have been looking at ways to overcome a variety of institutional and market barriers to scaling up private finance over the last three years. Seven options were outlined in the G20 Green Finance Synthesis Report released in September 2016, and the Green Finance Progress Report assessed progress against these seven options in the 12 months that followed. This report focuses on progress in sustainable finance developments from July 2017 to the current date.
March 2019
International Finance Corporation (IFC)
The study explores the link between financial returns and gender diversity; the lack of women in the industry; and steps needed to achieve gender balance. One of the key findings of the report is that private equity and venture capital funds with gender-balanced senior investment teams generated 10 percent to 20 percent higher returns compared with funds that have a majority of male or female leaders.
March 2019
World Bank Group
This guidebook, Designing Accreditation and Verification Systems: A Guide to ensuring credibility for carbon pricing instruments, aims to help regulators to better understand their options in designing a carbon pricing verification system tailored to their specific needs and circumstances.
March 2019
International Monetary Fund (IMF)
This paper, Policy Trade-Offs in Building Resilience to Natural Disasters: The Case of St. Lucia, uses a dynamic general equilibrium model that incorporates natural disasters to assess the macroeconomic impact of financial protection and structural protection, and the associated policy trade-offs.
March 2019
International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)
This policy brief, India's Energy Transition: The Impact of the goods and services tax on solar photovoltaic and coal power costs, assesses the impact of India's Goods and Services Tax (GST) on energy source preferences and the cost of energy production. The introduction of the GST appears to provide a relative bias in favour of coal-based power.
March 2019
European Commission
This report, Accelerating The Transition To The Circular Economy: Improving access to finance for circular economy projects , aims to help speed up the transition from a linear to a circular economy by improving the conditions for financing circular economy projects.
March 2019
Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)
This paper examines the relative merits of starting a de novo Green Bank compared to “greening” an existing National Development Bank (NDB).
February 2019
Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI)
This report focuses on the challenges and opportunities faced by developing countries that are related to the Paris Agreement, both emerging as well as the least developed and most vulnerable countries. The paper is based primarily on the emerging evidence and experience gained on the ground in the Global Green Growth Institute's (GGGI) 30 member countries in recent years, complemented by the published results of leading organizations in each of the areas reviewed.