This paper explores the wealth of options available to national transport policymakers who wish to support more compact and connected urban development, and provides clear inputs on how to prioritise, broadening the focus from facilitating movement, to achieving true accessibility. It outlines different types of transport policy instruments and governance reforms and examines 21 widely discussed interventions – including five that global experts identified as particularly effective for making cities more accessible. It ends with guiding principles for choosing and implementing the options best suited to each national context.
Investors large and small need to grapple with the opportunities in low-carbon investment, as well as the risks and challenges of being stuck in the old, high-carbon economy, writes Caio Koch-Weser in The Economist Intelligence Unit.
With smarter anti-poverty and energy-access measures and a focus on sustainable finance, the future for Africa and the rest of the developing world can be bright, in more ways than one, writes Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala in The New York Times.
Urbanisation is one of the most important potential drivers of productivity and growth in the global economy.
New research form the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and the Coalition for Urban Transitions shows that well-designed, compact cities are better for investors as well as citizens and the environment.
The tourism industry significantly impacts climate change and will be drastically affected by it. But there is an opportunity for the industry, for tourists and for host communities to benefit from sustainable approaches to tourism, writes Felipe Calderon.
A major new report released by the Global Commission for the Economy and Climate finds that governments and businesses can now improve economic growth and reduce their carbon emissions together. Rapid technological innovation and new investment in infrastructure are making it possible today to tackle climate change at the same time as improving economic performance.
Reducing consumer food waste could save between US$120 and 300 billion per year by 2030 according to a new report by WRAP (The Waste & Resources Action Programme) and the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate. To achieve this would require a 20-50% reduction in consumer food waste.
Statement from President Felipe Calderón, Former President of Mexico and Chair of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate:
Only an educated global society can take the decisive action needed to get us to a cleaner, more productive, and fairer path of development, writes President Felipe Calderón in Project Syndicate.
"Mayors don't have to choose between fighting climate change and creating a better economic future for their citizens. They are doing both - and so, too, should national governments around the world," write Michael Bloomberg, Eduardo Paes and Annise Parker in Houston Chronicle.
New mobility services could improve the lives of all urban inhabitants. This first ever global survey finds that applying three types of new mobility services – electric, on-demand minibuses, subsidized shared rides, and trip-planning and ticketing apps – can make public transport more affordable, accessible and sustainable, if integrated properly.
It is a moral obligation and practical imperative to keep climate migration to a minimum, writes Felipe Calderón.
What is true of the World Economic Forum is true of the world: To address the world’s most pressing issues, such as poverty and climate change, those who are most impacted must also have a seat at the table, writes Sharan Burrow.
A number of high-level spokespeople involved with the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate are available for interview in the week after the launch of "Better Growth, Better Climate: The New Climate Economy Report" at UN headquarters in New York.
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and Jean-Pascal Tricoire have joined the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate.
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