Seventeen years from now, half the global stock of capital, totaling $158 trillion (in 2010 dollars), will reside in the developing world, compared to less than one-third today, with countries in East Asia and Latin America accounting for the largest shares of this stock, says the latest edition of the World Bank's Global Development Horizons (GDH) report, which explores patterns of investment, saving and capital flows as they are likely to evolve over the next two decades.
The bioeconomy is presented as an opportunity for economic growth in Latin America. Advantages as boost to local capacity for R & D may collide with the generation of social conflicts. To be an ally of the emerging countries, the bioeconomy must be inserted into a policy of broader socio-economic development
While still representing only a small percentage of the global market, trade in certified products and in environmental goods and services is on the rise in absolute terms. For example, the global market in low-carbon and energy efficient technologies, which include renewable energy supply products, is projected to nearly triple to US$ 2.2 trillion by 2020. UNEP report shows how advancing the green economy in six key sectors creates new trade opportunities
Peter Bakker - WBCSD: "We need a revolution of capitalism to balance financial, natural and social capital gains"
The President of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and a guest in the Annual Membership Meeting Action CSR Chile spoke about the performance of companies with respect to Sustainable Development and how to accelerate efforts to achieve real progress.
The World Bank Group President Dr. Jim Yong Kim said: "Securing access to land is critical for millions of poor people. Modern, efficient, and transparent policies on land rights are vital to reducing poverty and promoting growth, agriculture production, better nutrition, and sustainable development.
The loss of forests is responsible for up to 17 per cent of all human-made greenhouse gas emissions, 50 per cent more than that from ships, aviation and land transport combined. There is increasing evidence that an important slice of these losses and emissions is linked to illegal logging and organised crime in key tropical countries of the Amazon basin, Congo basin and in south-east Asia. Global Forest Watch 2.0, which will be launched later this year, will take advantage of remote sensing technology to show high-resolution, near real-time deforestation maps on a user-friendly platform. The system will provide global deforestation alerts to identify illegal logging and deforestation hotspots, drawing on a combination satellite and crowd-sourced data, including from local communities.
UNEP-Hosted Global Partnership on Waste Management Answering Call as Municipal Waste to Grow to 2.2 Billion Tonnes per Year by 2025. Ever-faster population growth, urbanization and economic development are producing increasing quantities of waste that are overburdening existing waste-management systems.
New World Bank Report Finds 50 Percent Increase in Middle Class in Latin America and the Caribbean over Last Decade
El Presidente del Banco Jim Yong Kim indica que el mundo puede aprender de aquellas políticas públicas que aumentaron la riqueza de decenas de millones
Developing countries are investing enormously in preserving biological diversity, and it is unimaginable that the wealthy nations will not fulfill their obligations to provide funding for these efforts, Brazilian environmental negotiator André Aranha Corrêa do Lago told Tierramérica.
Global urbanization will have significant implications for biodiversity and ecosystems if current trends continue, with knock-on effects for human health and development, according to a new assessment by the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).
Chemical 'Intensification' of economies in developing countries means greater risk of exposure to hazardous substances new study shows sound management of chemicals can deliver major economic benefits and support green economy
Although concern about sprawl in the United States, and to a certain extent recently in China, has focused on smart growth, containment, urban growth boundaries, compactness, and density, that approach is not appropriate for cities in developing countries where population densities are four times greater than in U.S. cities.Those areas are likely to more than triple their developed land areas by 2050.
After decades of struggling to find the right balance between growth and equality, the region has leaped forward, lifting more than 73 million out of poverty while increasing wealth, posting growth rates of four percent on average and becoming a source of stability in the midst of global uncertainty. These tremendous gains, however, could be at risk if they are not made environmentally sustainable. To do so the region is grappling with the tradeoffs resulting from the need for continued growth to fight poverty and preserving natural resources for the productive use of future generations. This is the essence of the inclusive green growth agenda.
IIED has today published the most up-to-date summary of what leading thinkers say must happen to ensure development is fair, green and sustainable.
The world's 105 science academies are highlighting the global challenges of population and consumption and calling upon world leaders to take decisive action.
Paradoxically, if we fail to act decisively to combat climate change, the reduction in global greenhouse gas emissions could occur through the collapse of the world economy, warns Maurice Strong in this column.
World Remains on Unsustainable Track Despite Hundreds of Internationally Agreed Goals and Objectives
Ambitious Set of Sustainability Targets Can be Met, But Only with Renewed Commitment and Rapid Scaling-Up of Successful Policies
This year, as politicians gather for the Rio+20 UN Summit , discussion of the green economy is top of the agenda. Nowadays environmental concerns are much more widely accepted. But where political establishments are adamant they can be addressed through a process of ‘green growth' , others insist this is a nonsense, a contradiction in terms – and that only through replacing growth with a steady-state economy can we be sustainable. So who's right?
In many cases, such water reforms have produced significant impacts on development, including improvements to drinking water access, human health and water efficiency in agriculture. At the same time, global progress has been slower where irrigation, rainwater harvesting and investment in freshwater ecosystem services are concerned.
New UNEP Report Outlines the Pathways to 2020 Able to Deliver the Additional 6 to 11 Gigatonne Cuts Needed to Get World onto Safe track