Over the next 15 years (2015-2030) the world will need to build on the order of US $75-$86 trillion in infrastructure—approximately double the estimated $50 trillion stock of infrastructure.
A greener future depends on the widespread adoption of low carbon technologies. Through the SDGs and Paris climate agreement, world leaders have outlined a transformative agenda which heralds a shift from a fossil-fuel based global economy to one that is low carbon and climate resilient.
Neither the Paris climate agreement nor the Sustainable Development Goals will be delivered unless we pay attention to forests. Forests are unique because they can be both a problem and a solution when it comes to climate and development.
When the U.S and China ratified the Paris climate agreement at last week’s G20 summit in Hangzhou, the news generated headlines across the globe. There was less fanfare when countries including Barbados, Saint Lucia and Samoa ratified back in April.
The G20 countries account for 85% of global GDP, 75% of world trade and around two-thirds of the world's population. As the Paris agreement moves from ambition to action, the G20 will be crucial to its success, particularly given they are responsible for 80% of global greenhouse emissions.
These include four key programs that help 72 developing countries pilot low-emissions and climate resilient development.