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Habitat III: A New Urban Agenda for sustainable development

October 17, 2016

Habitat III, the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, which officially opens today, is one of the first international conferences to follow the historic sustainable development agreements made in 2015. It provides an unmissable opportunity to translate these goals into action plans, at one of the most important level of implementation: cities.

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The Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations

In this blog, IDDRI experts analyze key events and news based on their research work, which is available on IDDRI’s website.

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Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), existing projects: promoting sustainable finance

October 14, 2016

Soon after it opened for business in January 2016, the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) had already launched six projects. Detailed information on these projects is publicly available on the AIIB’s website, while Table 1 in this article summarizes the key information. The overall consensus is that these projects comply with high environmental and social […]

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The return of the bicycle in the digital age

October 11, 2016

In cities, the renaissance of the bicycle, a prime example of a simple technology par excellence, is today encouraging the development and use of a wide variety of digital tools. Many experiments in cities as diverse as London, Lille and San Francisco, are based on the contribution of urban residents through the use of digital […]

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REDD+ project performance: predicting the worst and promising the best?

September 28, 2016

REDD+ projects are part of a performance compensation rationale whereby carbon credits are sold mainly on the voluntary market. The study of two projects in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Madagascar however shows that this performance can be artificially constructed too easily. Despite the existence of certification schemes, the environmental integrity of these […]

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China’s G20 Emergence(y)?

September 13, 2016

The sustainable development agenda for the next decade and a half has been clearly outlined by the Paris Agreement and the SDGs: a transformation towards more sustainable and fairer economies. The Chinese G20 Presidency has helped to put sustainable development more firmly at the top of global governance but the route towards more concrete action […]

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