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Volz, Ulrich (2022) 'A Green Strategy to Defuse the "Debt Bomb".' ISPI Online, 28 April . Milano: Istituto per gli Studi di Politica Internazionale.

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The international community is at a juncture where it needs to decide if it wants all countries to be able to achieve the Agenda 2030 and invest in climate action. Countries that are overindebted will be able to do neither. Linking debt relief with action on the SDGs and climate is one way of keeping the Agenda 2030 alive. But while debt for climate and sustainability swaps have recently received a lot of attention, it should be highlighted that the experiences with conventional debt-for-development or -nature swaps and comparable debt mechanisms such as debt-for-education swaps have been rather mixed. Small piecemeal approaches clearly will not suffice to meet the challenge. For this reason, the major advanced economies and China need to overcome the current deadlock and agree on a bold, global initiative for debt relief to allow all countries the opportunity to invest in swift recoveries from the pandemic and the chance to achieve the shared goals of the Agenda 2030.

Item Type: Other
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of Economics
School Research Centres > Centre for Sustainable Finance
Date Deposited: 11 Apr 2023 12:29

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