When delegates gather in Quito for Habitat III to adopt the New Urban Agenda for sustainable cities, they should keep in mind people like Adelaida, a banker and mother in Accra, Ghana, where unreliable, expensive electricity is a challenge. As a forthcoming paper of the World Resources Report shows, ensuring access to affordable energy and the economic opportunity it brings will be essential for a sustainable, prosperous urban future.
Delivering on the Paris Agreement and Sustainable Development Goals will be hugely challenging, but new WRI analysis finds there is much greater alignment between these two agendas than we may realize.
Examining the Alignment between the Intended Nationally Determined Contributions and Sustainable Development Goals
The year 2015 was a significant turning point for both the sustainable development and climate agendas with the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Paris Agreement on climate change. National governments are now facing the challenge of implementing these two deeply...
A G20 communique on green finance and new national guidelines on greening China's financial system could help shift investments from high-carbon to low-carbon sectors.
Nearly a year ago at the United Nations, world leaders endorsed the Sustainable Development Goals aimed at putting the world economy on a sustainable track. In July, much more quietly, the High-Level Political Forum on sustainable development convened at the UN to help make this promise a reality.
Making our infrastructure cleaner and more sustainable could add as little as 5 percent to upfront costs, which could be fully offset by lower operating costs. WRI Board member and former President of Mexico Felipe Calderón reveals four ways to unlock capital for low-carbon infrastructure.
People watched closely when China launched the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) last year, with a mandate to be “lean, clean and green.” After its first annual general meeting and seminars this week, it appears that the AIIB is starting to move in a positive direction.
Providing practical solutions for tracking the progress of adaptation initiatives in the context of sustainable development.
China has unveiled its 13th Five-Year Plan, which will guide the country's economic and social development from 2016 through 2020. Its new climate and energy targets show that the country will continue its shift to a more sustainable growth model and deliver on its Paris Agreement commitments.
As President Xi Jinping has said, after unprecedented economic expansion since 1990, China now needs to embrace a new economic model that focuses more on the quality rather than the quantity of growth. Will the new 13th Five-Year Plan be able to deliver this?