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From summits to solutions: what success means at COP26

by Mahmoud Mohieldin
UN General Assembly
At the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, world leaders discussed the need to scale-up ambition to address key global challenges, including the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, political extremism, and widening inequality. With less than two weeks to go before the COP26 Climate Conference in Glasgow, UK, however, the world is not delivering on its promise. At this critical precipice, urgent action is needed to ensure that COP26 delivers for people and planet. This...

Looking ahead to COP26

The long-awaited COP26 in Glasgow is about to start. Billed as the most important COP to date, it is widely seen as a last chance to avoid a global temperature rise beyond 1.5°C. Yet expectations of major breakthroughs weaken by the week. Climate funding to help the developing world remains disappointing. Pledges from the wealthier world fall far short of the estimated need. We are left hoping that world leaders will pull very large rabbits out of their hats. Meanwhile, demand has been...

Reducing wasted gas emissions is an opportunity for clean air and climate

by Kathryn McPhail, Etienne Romsom
The 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) is seen as the last best chance for countries and companies to set out how they are actually going to deliver the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) target of no more than 1.5 oC. The venting and flaring of natural gas, common in the oil and gas industry, is one important area for action. 5.2% of total global anthropogenic greenhouse gas (GhG) emissions and 7.2% of global energy GhG emissions register as...

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Efforts to protect the poor during COVID: How five African countries fared

The number of people living in poverty around the world is estimated to have increased by half a billion people due to the COVID-19 crisis...

COVID-19 Sub-Saharan Africa Tax-benefit policy
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Virtuous circles and downward spirals: The power of ideas & the limits of technocracy
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What will it take to shake loose the distemper of our times, and initiate a virtuous spiral of renewal?...

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New directions for presumptive tax in Uganda November 2021

Presumptive tax, a final tax on business income, was introduced in Uganda in 1997. It has been reformed several times since its conception...

Uganda presumptive tax Tax administration
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Towards greater poverty reduction in Zambia: Simulating potential Cash Plus reforms November 2021

A large share of the population in Zambia is living below the national poverty line, with most of them being extremely poor...

Poverty reduction Social protection Zambia
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Improving the efficiency of tax collection in Tanzania: Evidence from risk-based tax examinations November 2021

Risk-based approaches are becoming commonplace for tax authorities as a tool for enforcement...

Risk-based approach Tax compliance Tanzania
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Dr Pia Rattenhuber on inequality in crises — an interview

How do crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic influence inequality and the other way around? This year’s UN Day Dresden put a spotlight on “ Inequalities in Crises ”...

Inequality COVID-19 Crisis
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3 presentations, 9 takeaways on the long-term impact of COVID-19 on learning and how education systems can respond
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On the third day of the annual UNU-WIDER Conference on 8 September, RISE presented findings from three studies on COVID-19's impact on education systems ...

COVID-19 WIDER Development Conference
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Least Developed Countries are facing five major challenges: Four suggestions to tackle them

This month we had the honour to co-host the first ever LDC Future Forum here in Helsinki. It was our first large-scale live event since the COVID-19 pandemic hit, which made it particularly exciting to be involved in...

Least Developed Countries Research Sustainable development
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I was a visiting PhD fellow at UNU-WIDER — this is my experience
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Virgi Agita Sari joined UNU-WIDER as a visiting PhD fellow in the summer of 2017. Coming from Indonesia, Virgi joined five other fellows from across the globe...

UNU-WIDER PhD Fellowship Capacity development Capacity building
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How can research help Least Developed Countries achieve sustainable development?

The next decade is a make-or-break for the world’s most vulnerable countries. To tackle the unprecedented confluence of COVID-19, climate, and economic crises, new solutions are desperately needed...

Least Developed Countries Sustainable development Research
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Conflict-prone countries are not doomed to an eternal trap

The situation of Afghanistan has drawn a picture of a poor, conflict-prone, doomed country. But this does not have to be the case...

Least Developed Countries Productivity Sustainable development
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From summits to solutions: what success means at COP26

At the 76 th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, world leaders discussed the need to scale-up ambition to address key global challenges, including the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, political extremism, and widening inequality...

COP26 Developing countries Climate change
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Reducing wasted gas emissions is an opportunity for clean air and climate

The 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) is seen as the last best chance for countries and companies to set out how they are actually going to deliver the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) target of no more tha...

COP26 Climate change Extractive industries
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Looking ahead to COP26

The long-awaited COP26 in Glasgow is about to start. Billed as the most important COP to date, it is widely seen as a last chance to avoid a global temperature rise beyond 1.5°C. Yet expectations of major breakthroughs weaken by the week...

COP26 Developing countries Climate change
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The value of non-renewable resources in the era of climate change

The economic decline of Nauru, an island in the Central Pacific, is a cautionary tale. Nauru was the highest GDP per capita country in the world in the 1970s, due to the value of its phosphate deposits...

COP26 Climate change Extractive industries
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The zero carbon agenda and metals demand: some major dilemmas

The transition to net zero over the next few decades will involve a large increase in the global demand for many metals essential to the renewables revolution driving that transition...

COP26 Climate change Extractive industries
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