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The Role of City-Regions in the Achievement of a Low Carbon Economy

Events The COST Association and the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) hosted on Thursday 04 February 2016 a Joint Workshop which aimed at revisiting the importance of both bottom-up and top-down solutions in accelerating the penetration of low carbon policies into practice. Following the Competitiveness Council Conclusions on progress in the European Research Area of 21 February 2014, which confirmed the need to “facilitate transnational cooperation and sharing of information”, there are concerns that current initiatives are not sufficient to overcome the growing disconnect between policy goals and their practical implementation. Although resources have been secured to reach ambitious objectives in terms of research and innovation in these fields, this does not appear to be leading to the rapid adoption of sustainable technologies by the market. According to Prof. Philip Jones , Chair of the COST Action TU1104 “Smart Energy Regions”: the current emphasis is on top-down solutions, such as large scale energy supply systems, whereas bottom-up may offer distinct advantages of ease of implementation and local benefits, and reducing the pressure on top-down solutions, making them potentially easier to implement . Any future energy scenario must combine top-down and bottom-up approaches: the first must set the framework […]

World Bank

World Development Report 2016: Digital Dividends

Digital technologies have spread rapidly in much of the world. Digital dividends—that is, the broader development benefits from using these technologies—have lagged behind. In many instances, digital technologies have boosted growth, expanded opportunities, and improved service delivery. Yet their aggregate impact has fallen short and is unevenly distributed. For digital technologies to benefit everyone everywhere requires closing the remaining digital divide, especially in internet access. But greater digital adoption will not be enough. To get the most out of the digital revolution, countries also need to work on the “analog complements”—by strengthening regulations that ensure competition among businesses, by adapting workers’ skills to the demands of the new economy, and by ensuring that institutions are accountable. Download (pdf): Part 1: Facts and analysis Chapter 3: Delivering services Sector focus 3: e-health Spotlight 4: Digital identity Part 2: Policies Chapter 4: Sectoral policies Sector focus 4: Smart cities Spotlight 5: The data revolution Chapter 5: National priorities Sector focus 5: Energy Chapter 6: Global cooperation Sector focus 6: Environmental management Spotlight 6: Six digital technologies to watch INFOGRAPHIC How Networks Are Built INFOGRAPHIC


Sustainable Development Goals and Public Governance

In September 2015, world leaders adopted an ambitious, 15-year blueprint for a better world. The goals are broad, universal and potentially transformative. They envision nothing less than saving our planet for future generations, ending extreme poverty and hunger, and creating a healthier, safer, more inclusive world. The success of these goals depends to a large extent on the coordination of implementation efforts through good public governance. Good public governance is essential to achieve overall and individual goals – find out more: ‌ ‌ Goal 6 Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all Goal 9 Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialisation and foster innovation Goal 11 Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable Goal 16 Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels. ‌ ‌ ‌ SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS A big issue for governments will be how to align policies given the breadth and complexity of the Goals and the need to include an unprecedented range of public & private parties in policy creation and implementation. Our work with OECD Centres of Government has helped governments lead many […]