Development & Climate days

ODI Environment and Climate Change - Sat, 2014-12-06 00:00
​For the first time in history, an opportunity exists to integrate global efforts to tackle climate change and poverty, setting the world on a path to achieve zero extreme poverty and zero net emissions within a generation.

The frameworks to be agreed in 2015 must work together to this end. But how can climate and poverty agendas be best connected?

Join us at COP20 in Lima for two days of innovative approaches and incisive dialogue, focused on bringing zero-zero within reach.

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Strategies to improve security and justice for women and girls: programme experiences from multiple contexts

ODI Environment and Climate Change - Tue, 2014-12-02 00:00
​​Security and justice programming is increasingly recognising the unique security and justice needs of women and girls and seeking to tailor interventions accordingly. This event will draw on programmes in South Sudan and Pakistan to explore how security and justice programming can better meet the needs of women and girls. 
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Groundwater, poverty and development

ODI Environment and Climate Change - Fri, 2014-11-28 00:00
This one-day meeting, jointly convened by the UPGro Knowledge Broker Team and ODI’s Water Policy Programme, will showcase current research and practice concerning groundwater and its role in poverty alleviation and development.  The meeting will highlight research needs and identify good practices.
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Vulnerability, inclusion and empowerment: recommendations for the post-2015 framework for DRR

ODI Environment and Climate Change - Tue, 2014-11-25 00:00
​With the successor to the international agreement to reduce disaster risk - the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) to be agreed in 2015 we consider what recommendations for a post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction should look like.
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Our future, our rights: youth rising #UpForSchool

ODI Environment and Climate Change - Thu, 2014-11-20 00:00
Nobel Peace Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi and other special guests lead this ODI and A World at School youth rally to mark the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
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Why Europe's problems need global solutions and global problems need European action

ODI Environment and Climate Change - Thu, 2014-11-20 00:00
​Based on a report recently published by the European Think Tanks Group, 'Our Collective Interest: Why Europe's problems need global solutions and global problems need European action', the purpose of the meeting is to explore, review and establish expectations of the new EU leadership team and to debate the priorities for EU development cooperation in 2015 and beyond.
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Is it adding up? Peace + aid = state-building

ODI Environment and Climate Change - Thu, 2014-11-13 00:00
Pulling together experts working on recovery and development in places affected by conflict, this event shares the initial findings from SLRC’s cross-country survey as well as IRC’s latest research on community-driven development in conflict-affected situations. 
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The 2014 CAPE conference: Does money matter? The role of finance in supporting the Sustainable Development Goals

ODI Environment and Climate Change - Wed, 2014-11-12 00:00

Will money matter for the future of development? When much of the wider discourse is focused on how to raise more money, the 2014 CAPE conference will ask what sort of difference that money can make in practice.

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Counter-terrorism laws: what aid agencies need to know

ODI Environment and Climate Change - Thu, 2014-11-06 00:00

Do aid workers risk violating counter-terrorism laws to reach people who need humanitarian support?  Join us for the launch of the Network Paper 79, Counter-terrorism laws and regulations: what aid agencies need to know, to discuss the challenges that counter-terrorist legislation poses for the delivery of humanitarian aid. 

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Blinded by humanity - book launch

ODI Environment and Climate Change - Tue, 2014-11-04 00:00
​This event will launch Blinded by Humanity, a new memoir by Martin Barber, that reflects on his extensive career working on issues ranging from de-mining, refugee response and coordinating humanitarian aid. by Martin Barber, that reflects on his extensive career working on issues ranging from de-mining, refugee response and coordinating humanitarian aid.
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Inclusive Investment in Agriculture: Cooperatives and the role of foreign investment Policy Brief #2 Investment in Agriculture

IISD - Thu, 2014-10-30 19:21
Investment in farmland has been in the spotlight for a number of years and is often seen as a series of “land grabs.” Yet there are other ways to invest in agriculture. This policy brief looks at the role of cooperatives as a vehicle to increase investment in the agriculture sector. It demonstrates how and why cooperatives are an important business model for promoting inclusive agricultural investment.
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The IISD Guide to Negotiating Investment Contracts for Farmland and Water

IISD - Thu, 2014-10-30 19:20
The IISD Guide to Negotiating Investment Contracts for Farmland and Water is a legal and policy tool for governments and communities that are involved in negotiating investment contracts with foreign investors. The guide focuses on a particular type of contract involving long-term leases of farmland. Part I, Preparing for Negotiations, is designed to assist in the preparatory phase. Part 2, Model Contract, is structured like an investment contract for the lease of farmland and proposes model provisions.
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State-State Dispute Settlement Clause in Investment Treaties Best Practices Series

IISD - Thu, 2014-10-30 18:50
Investor–state arbitration has boomed over the past decade, with the number of recorded cases having risen from 51 in 2000 to 568 by the end of 2013. At the same time, state–state arbitration has taken a backstage role—only four such cases have occurred under investment treaties. Despite their rarity, state–state dispute settlement options are gaining renewed attention, given the growing concerns over the nature of investor–state arbitration claims (which often include challenges to legitimate environmental and other public welfare and financial policy measures), the high costs of arbitration, and the perceived lack of openness, independence and predictability.

Key questions today are: as investor–state arbitration is increasingly put into question, should investment dispute settlement be conducted solely on a state–state basis? Or, if both state–state and investor–state arbitration are included in the treaty, what areas should...
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Beyond dams and pipes: domestic water politics in Ethiopia

ODI Environment and Climate Change - Thu, 2014-10-30 00:00
Ethiopia wants to be a middle-income country by 2020 and is ramping up investment in hydropower, as well as new irrigation and water supply. But unconstrained water development and weak management can undermine the resource base and squander opportunities for responsible growth, as India and China have demonstrated. Building institutions – not dams and pipes – is the biggest challenge facing water managers in Ethiopia today.
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Forest clearances on top priority for all round development of State’

India Environment Portal - Wed, 2014-10-29 13:00
Chief Secretary N Ravi Shankar said that in order to accelerate the pace of all round development of the State, forest clearances should be accorded top priority. He said this while reviewing the progress
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Divisional forest officers can give land for temporary mining projects

India Environment Portal - Wed, 2014-10-29 13:00
The decision will now lie with the district-level forest administrator, the divisional forest officer (DFO), to give away forest land to miners in such cases The lower-level forest bureaucracy in the
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Performance-based Specifications can spur innovation and green products, finds new report

IISD - Tue, 2014-10-28 17:58

WINNIPEG—October 28, 2014—Governments around the world have great potential to encourage the development of sustainable and eco-friendly products and services, by using performance-based specifications (PBSs) in their public procurement practices.

This is according to a new research paper by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) that investigated the use of PBSs in public procurement in the European Union and the United States. PBSs allow public authorities to state their needs in general terms by describing what general functions they require (e.g., lighting, mobility, information management) rather than specifying the minute details of the inputs and process required to get there.

“Governments really have the power to encourage innovation that will result in more sustainable practices and greener products and services,” said Oshani Perera, director, Public Procurement and Infrastructure Finance program...
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Macroeconomic developments in the world's poorest countries

ODI Environment and Climate Change - Tue, 2014-10-28 00:00

Olaf Unteroberdoerster, Deputy Chief, Low Income Countries Division, in the IMF’s Strategy, Policy, and Review Department and Marialuz Moreno Badia, Deputy Division Chief at the Fiscal Affairs Department present the 2014 report 'Macroeconomic Developments in Low-Income Developing Countries'.

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New partnership encourages health care systems around the world to adopt sustainable and green products and services

IISD - Mon, 2014-10-27 15:24

WINNIPEG—October 27, 2014—The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) is pleased to announce that it is partnering with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Joint UN Programme for Green Procurement in the Health Sector in an innovative new project to encourage governments of developed and emerging economies to adopt sustainable and green public procurement practices in their health care sectors.

Last week at the Green Growth Forum in Copenhagen, IISD and UNDP collaborated on a highly successful session entitled Public Procurement and Eco-Innovation in the Health Sector. It explored how performance-based specifications (PBSs) have the potential to spur green production of pharmaceuticals, medical devices and health products in the health sector on a large scale.

“One of the main focuses of this project will be to reduce the amount of ecotoxins that are released into our environment via medical...
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What can be done to address intersecting inequalities? Social justice post-2015

ODI Environment and Climate Change - Mon, 2014-10-27 00:00
​This briefing paper sets out what can be done to ensure that both policy action and politics at the national level address the multiple inequalities faced by marginalised people, and proposes the global monitoring of progress towards social justice through an internationally recognised framework.
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