Publications and resources

19 February 2016

OECD Journal: Financial Market Trends – OECD – February 2016

This edition of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)’s semi-annual Financial Market Trends includes articles on finance and climate and on financial instruments for managing disaster risks related to climate change. Both papers sketch out the relevance of climate change for various aspects of the financial sector, whether managing capital reallocation, or improving the use of insurance policies.

The articles can be accessed at

Mapping Mining to the Sustainable Development Goals: A Preliminary Atlas – UNDP, CCSI, SDSN, WEF – January 2016

This document produced by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (CCSI), the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), and the World Economic Forum (WEF) maps the links between mining and the newly adopted Sustainable Development Goals. The research aims to encourage mining companies of all sizes to incorporate SDG aims into business operations.

The document can be accessed at

Report of the Secretary-General on Critical Milestones Towards Coherent, Efficient, and Inclusive Follow-up and Review at the Global Level – UN – January 2016

This report explores how to put in place a coherent, efficient, and inclusive follow-up and review system at the global level for the UN’s new 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, as mandated by paragraph 90 of that document. The report offers suggestions on the organisation of the annual High-Level Political Forum that has been tasked with overseeing a network of follow-up and review processes.

The report can be accessed at

Mitigating Droughts and Floors in Agriculture: Policy Lessons and Approaches – OECD – January 2016

This report from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) identifies key areas of improvement for policy responses, and coordination across policy domains, designed to maintain agricultural productivity in the face of droughts and floods. The increasing frequency of these extreme weather events as a result of climate change is likely to present a major policy concern, further exacerbated by rising population figures and demands for food, feed, fibre, as well as energy. 

The report can be accessed at

The New Plastics Economy: Rethinking the Future of Plastics – WEF – January 2016

This report from the World Economic Forum (WEF) explores the intersections between the circular economy as a way to increase prosperity while reducing demands on finite raw materials, with a particular focus on plastics and plastic packaging. In the context of extended global plastic packaging production and after-use value chains, the report makes the case for rethinking the current plastics economy, and identifies a number of knowledge gaps and open questions that need to be further explored.

The report can be accessed at

Mapping the Gap: The Road from Paris – Ceres, BNEF – January 2016

This report, published by Ceres and Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF), examines the total volumes of capital that are required to fund clean energy power project development in the electricity sector in the context of a low carbon economic transition. The report suggests that keeping the world below a two degrees Celsius rise from pre-industrial levels, as envisioned by a new climate agreement adopted in December in Paris, France, represents a US$12.1 trillion investment opportunity.

The report can be accessed at

Harnessing Emerging Technological Breakthroughs for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – UNCTAD – January 2016

This policy brief from the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) looks at how the expansion of the digital revolution might bring development benefits while also reflecting on ways to mitigate challenges around inclusiveness. The policy brief argues that achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will require realising the potential of new innovations for economic, social, and environmental ends, and provides a series of policy recommendations.

The policy brief can be accessed at

After Paris: Fiscal, Macroeconomic, and Financial Implications of Climate Change – IMF – January 2016

This staff discussion note from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), against the backdrop of the new UN climate deal agreed in December in Paris, France, takes stock of the wide-ranging implications for fiscal, financial, and macroeconomic policies in coming to grips with climate change. The note covers the potential impacts of the Paris deal for the financial markets, carbon pricing, climate finance, and adaptation.

The note can be accessed at

Global Risks Report 2016 – WEF – January 2016

The World Economic Forum’s flagship risk report features perspectives from nearly 750 experts on the perceived impact and likelihood of 29 prevalent global risks over a 10 year timeframe. The report also examines interconnections among these risks. This year’s report placed the failure of climate change mitigation and adaptation at the top of the list of risks to global well-being, with weapons of mass destruction ranking second, followed by water crises. Severe energy price shocks and migration are also major concerns. 

The report can be accessed at

Traceability Systems in the CITES Context – TRAFFIC – December 2015

This report from wildlife monitoring group TRAFFIC presents a series of case studies on how trade in species listed on the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) can be tracked along the supply chain. The report was conducted using feedback from CITES authorities, industry representatives, and experts. It considers experiences, lessons learned, and best practices from the case studies and analyses the potential for establishing an effective traceability system for shark commodities trade.

The study can be accessed at

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