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The Need for a Sustainable Blue Economic Recovery

In this article, Mukhisa Kituyi, Secretary-General of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), and Dona Bertarelli, UNCTAD’s new Special Adviser for the Blue Economy, call for a sustainable blue economic recovery and describe what that could look like. The health of the oceans is in steep decline. A natural resource so crucial...Read more »

ADB and GCF Announce Collaboration for Green Recovery in Asia

On July 22, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) announced a partnership with the Green Climate Fund (GCF) to assist members hard hit by COVID-19. ADB President Masatsugu Asakawa and GCF Executive Director Yannick Glemarec met to identify opportunities to help ADB members confronting the pandemic crisis achieve low-carbon and climate-resilient recoveries. They agreed to build...Read more »

New EU Budget and Recovery Fund: Green stimulus and climate budget cuts

On July 21, the heads of state or government of the 27 European Union (EU) member states, together with the European Council President and the President of the European Commission, reached an agreement on a EUR 1.074 billion long-term budget and a EUR 750 billion COVID-19 recovery fund after a marathon summit. This was the...Read more »

Financing a Sustainable Recovery: U.K.’s first local government green bond

On July 17, 2020, West Berkshire Council issued the U.K.’s first local government green bond using the crowd investment platform Abundance. This innovative financing solution is called Community Municipal Investment and targets local citizens to become investors for green projects in their own municipalities. Within a week, GBP 300,000 of the GBP 1 million target...Read more »

‘Principles for Recovery’ Urge Investing in Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), alongside several partners in the Sustainable Infrastructure Partnership (SIP), developed a set of ten principles for post-COVID-19 recovery focusing on investing in sustainable and resilient infrastructure. The ‘Principles for Recovery’ provide a framework for decision making on infrastructure spending for post-COVID-19 recovery and stimulus packages. The Principles call for decisions...Read more »

C40 Mayors Advocate for a Green and Just Recovery in Cities

On July 15, the C40 Global Mayors COVID-19 Recovery Task Force published a new report, C40 Mayors Agenda for a Green and Just Recovery. C40 is a network of 96 cities across the globe committed to addressing climate change, and the Task Force was launched in April 2020 to rebuild post-pandemic cities and economies by...Read more »

Tracker on COVID-19-Related Energy Policies Launched

A consortium of 14 expert organizations, including the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), launched an Energy Policy Tracker on July 15, 2020. The collaborative initiative tracks real-time data on approved public finance and policy measures targeting energy generation and consumption to stimulate economies in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The presented data shows, at...Read more »

EIB approves financing for various sustainable recovery projects

On 15. July 2020 the European Investment Bank (EIB) approved EUR 16.6 billion of new financing, of which EUR 10.2 billion will be invested for COVID-19 related recovery projects. Investments are earmarked for improving public health services and adapting other public services institutions across several European countries to respond better to the pandemic. Credit lines...Read more »

South Korean Government Launches Plan for a Green New Deal

The South Korean Government announced a Green New Deal on July 14, 2020, worth approximately KRW 114 trillion (USD 94.5 billion), which is meant to be invested over the course of the next years to help the country’s economy to recover from the COVID-19-related recession. The foreseen government spending is targeted at creating 1.9 million...Read more »

Addressing the Nature Crisis in a Sustainable Recovery

On July 15, the World Economic Forum released a new report on the need to address the future of nature, in addition to climate change, in a post-COVID-19 recovery. The report highlights that a business-as-usual approach has no future. In addition to fighting climate change, three systems need to undergo a fundamental transformation to address...Read more »