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In 2015, the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were agreed by the World to be the cores of international cooperation for sustainability until 2030. They include no poverty, zero hunger, good health and well-being, quality education, gender equality, clean and sanitation, afforable and clean energy, decent work and economic growth, industry, innovation and infrastructure, redued inequalities, sustainable cities and communities, responsible consumption and production, climate action, lfie below water, life on land, peace, justice and storing institutions as well as partnerships for the goals.

On March 5 during the “Two Sessions”, China introduced its 14th five-year plan for 2021 to 2025, as well as the Government Work Plan. In it, China vows to focus on “green development”, to uphold the “30-60” promise of Xi Jinping for China to try to peak carbon emissions before…

We invite you to watch this year’s panel “The Green Development Agenda: A Green New Deal for Southeast Asia in the Post-COVID-19 Era?” of the Youth Economic Forum YEF that happened on March 6th, 2021. The panel featured high-level experts, including Desmond Tan, Minister of Sustainability and the Environment of…

On February 22, 2021, China’s State Council issued the “Guiding Opinions on Accelerating the Establishment and Improvement of a Green and Low-Carbon Circular Development Economic System”. Published by the highest Chinese governing body only few weeks before the start of the “Two Sessions”- the annual plenary sessions of the national…

Highlights Download pdf The outbreak of COVID-19 has accelerated many debt issues in Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) countries. In our previous brief on the debt issue in 52 selected BRI countries, we analyzed both the reasons for the pressing debt sustainability issues and the countries that are particularly vulnerable…

On January 10th, the State Council Information Office (the administrative office under the State Council) published the White Paper on “China’s International Development Cooperation in the New Era” (中文版本). In 8 chapters, the paper summarizes China’s recent engagement in (generously) providing development assistance (intermixed with its overseas economic engagement) and…

The original article was published on Panda Paw Dragon Claw on 11th January, 2021 and has been updated on Jan 18, 2021. “When the tide goes out, you see who is swimming naked”! This is a quote coined by Warren Buffet about those who take on too much debt, believing…

Executive Summary Download the report here China is a major lender for countries of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). Accelerated by the Covid-19 pandemic, many of these countries have seen their sovereign debt become unsustainable. Based on the analysis of debt in 52 Selected BRI countries from 2014 to…

On 2 December, the RCEP Civil Society organized a webinar through its secretary, the China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation (CBCGDF). Dr. Christoph NEDOPIL WANG, Director of the Green BRI Center at IIGF, was invited as a speaker. The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) was signed on 15 November…

On October 20, the University Alliance for Sustainability held its online workshop on “Financial Markets and Sustainable Development in Times of Climate Change”, organized by Free University Berlin and University of British Columbia (UBC). Among the few selected presentations, IIGF Green BRI Center Director Christoph Nedopil Wang presented the development…

The importance of relations between green finance and stimulus packages in concept and historically Green finance policies and economic stimulus packages overlap at a number of levels. In an era where the global community faces both the immediate economic consequences of Covid-19 as well as the urgent need to transition…