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June, 2016
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Tackling inequality is a game changer for business - which is why they ignore it

Erinch Sahan - Oxfam

Mention inequality to a business audience and one of two things happens. They recoil in discomfort, or reinterpret the term – as social sustainability or doing more business with people living in poverty. Same goes for the private sector development professionals in the aid community (e.g. ... Continue reading

June, 2016
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How cities are using the green economy to solve Europe’s employment crisis

Chris Hopkins - Green Economy Coalition

Europe is in the midst of an employment crisis. Many, and especially the most vulnerable people in our societies, are finding it extremely difficult to find jobs. The green sector, meanwhile, is among Europe’s most promising in terms of economic development. It has continued to grow despite... Continue reading

May, 2016
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REPORT: Pro-Poor, Inclusive green growth. Experience and a New Agenda

Emily Benson - Green Economy Coalition

The Pro Poor, Inclusive Green Growth report demonstrates how green growth can address some of the drivers of poverty and social exclusion. Published by the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) in association with the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) and the Green Eco... Continue reading

May, 2016
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REPORT: Pro-Poor, Inclusive green growth. Experience and a New Agenda

Emily Benson - Green Economy Coalition

The Pro Poor, Inclusive Green Growth report demonstrates how green growth can address some of the drivers of poverty and social exclusion. Published by the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) in association with the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) and the Green Eco... Continue reading

May, 2016
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SDG challenges - What does universality really mean?

Mark Halle - IISD

It is common in presentations of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to stress that, unlike the Millennium Development Goals, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are “universal.”  The primary meaning is that the goals are intended to apply equally to all countries, n... Continue reading

April, 2016
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Stop Press – Calls to Reset Financial System in Pursuit of Sustainable Development

Simon Zadek

The IMF Spring Meetings last week was a red-letter week in progressing The Financial System We Need. Yes, it was a week when the UNEP Inquiry’s core messages went mainstream in style.

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March, 2016
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The Greening of Paris: The Leading Inclusive and Sustainable City

Cem Bektas - Green Economy Coalition

More than half of the world’s population already live in cities and it is projected that by 2050 this figure will rise to around 70%. The cities alone also account for more than 70% of energy-relat... Continue reading

March, 2016
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Good with Money? Delivering Green Social Investment in Rural Africa

John Weakliam - Vita

The world is reaching its ecological limits especially concerning carbon emission while concurrently inequality is rising with the bottom of the wealth pyramid lacking access to basic services, resources and markets.  Markets including capital markets place no value on ecological costs nor o... Continue reading

February, 2016
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Reducing inequality and carbon footprints within countries

Dario Kenner - WhyGreenEconomy.org

To date there has been a lot of focus on comparing the size of countries’ greenhouse gas emissions. Interest is now growing in exploring the links between individual’s carbon footprints and today’s extreme inequality within countries.

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February, 2016
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Do trade deals threaten a greener future?

Andrew Raingold

Trade agreements - historically - have shown that they can be good for economic growth and good for people. They might not have been “green” but they have been generally successful in stimulating economic activity through reducing or eliminating tariffs, quotas and other trade restric... Continue reading