Sustainable Stock Exchanges – A Conversation with Nasdaq Vice-Chairperson: Sandy Frucher

What is the sustainable stock exchange movement? When we talk about the sustainable stock exchanges project specifically, we’re talking about a UN-based project that has been in the works for several years now. This initiative aims to explore how exchanges can work together with investors, regulators, and companies to enhance corporate transparency, and ultimately performance, on ESG (environmental, social and ...

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Valerie Jarrett: The Power of Whispers

One of only three senior advisers to US President Barack Obama, Valerie Jarrett holds more power than anyone else in the world, with the possible exception of her employer. That latter assertion is, however, questionable. It was Valerie Jarrett who in 1991, while deputy chief of staff to Chicago Mayor Richard Daley, hired Michelle Robinson, then employed at a private ...

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Ahmed Emad Eldin: Resonating with Pink Floyd

He wants to be a doctor and has just started his freshman year at med school, but a different path may be mapped out for 18-year-old Ahmed Emad Eldin. The Egyptian youngster shot to world fame after being asked to design the cover of the highly anticipated Pink Floyd album – the band’s first in over two decades. Showcasing his ...

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Ross Jackson: Nero Politics Meet Limits to Growth

Nero – the last emperor of the Roman Empire – is best remembered as the man who fiddled while Rome burned. I see a direct parallel to the collective of current world leaders who are ignoring vital threats to our very survival while fiddling with far less important issues – mostly to do with the creation of short-term economic growth ...

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New World Bank Green Bond Is a Story of Market Growth and Innovation

Green bonds have created a new way for investors to achieve the return they need while also supporting climate-friendly development projects. Many long-term investors today consider climate risk and sustainability in their investment choices. The investor base in green bonds is expanding quickly, as the World Bank’s new US$600 million benchmark green bond shows. Green bond proceeds have helped support ...

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King Abdullah II: An Insistent Appeal to Moderation and Reason

As Jordanians look back on twenty years of peace with Israel, they find little reason to celebrate the anniversary of the peace treaty between the two countries in anything more than a perfunctory manner. Minister of Parliamentary Affairs Khaled Kalaldeh summed up the national feeling when he remarked that “contact with Israel doesn’t mean love.” Since the historic handshake of ...

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Recovering the Magdalena River Waterway: Challenge Accepted

Historically, Colombia has suffered from a deficient and incomplete transportation network that isolated the country from overseas markets and made even domestic communication between provinces and regions a challenge. Numerous geographical, economic, and political factors that have profoundly impacted Colombia’s development over the years. Traversed by the Andes mountain range, the country’s topography makes the development of an adequate transportation ...

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Taxing Mobility: A Liberal Icon Gone Awry

The sale, earlier this week, of the publically-owned stake in cross-Channel rail operator Eurostar for £757m shows that pragmatism – or common sense – is still the rarest of commodities in Whitehall. The privatisation of British Rail, set in motion in the late 1980s and ongoing still, reads as a comedy of errors – or as a greed-filled tragedy. Though ...

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China: Now You See It

At long last, China is living its very own Silent Spring. Or not. Since late February, well over 300 million Chinese have watched the 103-minute online documentary Under the Dome – a powerful crowd-funded exposé of air pollution and other forms of environmental degradation. Independent journalist Chai Jing shows how “mist” – the euphemism employed by authorities to describe the ...

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