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OECD: Plugging the SDG Financing Gap

Ensuring Blended Finance can mobilise private finance, particularly in the Least Developed Countries and towards Social Sectors, will require a systemic and transformational approach. Even before the arrival of COVID-19, the SDG financing gap was significant. The private sector is

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OECD: Blended Finance Institutional Role in Responding to COVD-19

COVID-19 has had a dramatic impact on developing countries and undone years of progress on sustainable development, pushing back into poverty large sections of the population. World Bank analysis projects growth in Sub-Saharan Africa to decline to -3.3% in 2020,

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Lord Waverley on WTO: Inclusive and Sustainable Trade Reforms are Vital for Shared Benefits

The previous US administration, the politicisation of trade and a looming economic crisis due to the pandemic and Brexit are creating an environment of protectionism. This must not be allowed to happen, argues Lord Waverley. The need has never been

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World Bank on COVID-19: The Road Back Must Be Green, Resilient, and Inclusive

By Axel van Trotsenburg World Bank Managing Director of Operations COVID-19 has imposed a deeper, more widespread shock than the global community has faced in many decades. The pandemic is causing illness and death, disrupting livelihoods, and potentially pushing an

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Lord Waverley: A New Chapter for the UK and a Meeting Place for the World

With the EU agreement now in place, the United Kingdom has the chance to develop a strategy that addresses the ambitions and goals of the country at large. The halcyon days of yesteryear have not diminished but do need to

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Sell in May and Go Away

First the good news: The S&P 500 just finished its best month since January 1987 with a gain of 12.7 percent in April. Now for the bad news: The bellwether index is still some 16 percent down from the all-time

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The Importance of Promoting Financial Stability and Growth through International Regulatory Coherence

By Nandini Sukumar, Chief Executive Officer, The World Federation of Exchanges One of the World Federation of Exchanges’ (WFE) strategic priorities for 2019 is the issue of regulatory coherence. The primary reason for this is that the WFE and its

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Robert Azevêdo: Levelling the Playing Field

In times such as these, with rapidly escalating trade tensions and countries engaging in tit-for-tat spats that can – and do – spin out of control, the job of Roberto Azevêdo, director-general of the World Trade Organisation, becomes nearly impossible.

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G20: Challenges in Shaping an Interconnected World

Expertly ducking a potentially traumatic Trump (hand)shake by shooting past the US president to his wife Melania, Polish first lady Agata Kornhauser-Duda perhaps unwittingly set the tone for the annual G20 summit – showing Mr Trump his place in the

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Luisa Nenci, CEO of SustainValues: A Capital Market Union or a Sustainable Financial Market?

In his political guidelines for the next European Commission, President Jean-Claude Juncker pushed for the establishment of a capital market union. Such a union should develop and integrate capital markets in order to cut the cost of raising capital. This

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