A recent report released by the World Meteorological Organization paints a devastating picture of extreme weather events and the effects of climate change in Latin America and the Caribbean. Throughout the region, floods, droughts, heat waves, and hurricanes are killing hundreds of people, inflicting severe damage on infrastructure, and displacing population. The … [Read more...] about How do we measure public spending to address climate change in Latin America and the Caribbean?
The streams of analysis on the UN climate change talks in Glasgow last December read like the opening of the Charles Dickens’ novel, A Tale of Two Cities: “It was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair…” There is some truth to both sides. There was deep regret that the goal of developed countries to … [Read more...] about Five Reasons COP26 is a Big Deal for Finance Ministries
Data compiled by NASA shows that 2020 was the hottest year globally on record, tied with 2016, when compared to the average temperature recorded between 1951 and 1980. Since the 1880s, the Earth's average temperature has risen more than 1°C and there is consensus that countries need to move far more aggressively to decarbonize their economies. Finance and planning ministries … [Read more...] about Three areas where finance ministries can help solve the climate crisis
Beyond the health emergency, the pandemic has dealt a severe blow to the economies of Latin America and the Caribbean. According to the World Economic Outlook report, it is estimated that our region will contract by 9.4% in 2020, which will constitute the worst recession in a long time, even deeper than that caused by the global financial crisis of 2008-09 and the debt crisis … [Read more...] about Public investment in decarbonization: opportunities and strategies for economic recovery
The adoption of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement principles on climate change provide a prime opportunity to promote a new form of development in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). Public investment in infrastructure and services can play a key role in LAC countries’ efforts to achieve sustainable and inclusive growth. Sustainable … [Read more...] about The strategic role of Ministries of Finance to boost sustainable infrastructure investments