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Natural Resources for Sustainable Development: The Fundamentals of Oil, Gas and Mining Governance (facilitated MOOC)

The Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (CCSI), the Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI), the World Bank and the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) are pleased to announce that enrollment for the massive open online course on Natural Resources for Sustainable Development: The Fundamentals of Oil, Gas and Mining Governance, starting on September 10, 2018 is now…

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Added by Lisa Sachs on August 15, 2018 at 21:46 — No Comments

Natural Resources for Sustainable Development: The Fundamentals of Oil, Gas and Mining Governance (facilitated MOOC)

CCSI, the Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI), the World Bank and the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) are pleased to announce the re-launch of an updated version of the massive open online course (MOOC) on Natural Resources for Sustainable Development: The Fundamentals of Oil, Gas and Mining Governance, on February 5, 2018. The MOOC, (delivered in…

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Added by Lisa Sachs on January 13, 2018 at 0:02 — No Comments

The Politics of Extractive Industries

The Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (CCSI) has launched an Executive Session on the Politics of Extractive Industries. Building off of a traditional "Executive Session" model, this Executive Session is a policy innovation lab led by leading academics and practitioners from across the world. The expert group is grappling with the ways in which power, interests, incentives, and characteristics of political systems shape how extractive industry…

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Added by Lisa Sachs on December 1, 2017 at 23:23 — 2 Comments

A Right to Fossil Fuels? Pressure Mounts for Developing Countries to Leave Fossil Fuels in the Ground

On Nov. 2-3, the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (CCSI) will host the 11th annual Columbia International Investment Conference, entitled “…

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Added by Lisa Sachs on September 21, 2016 at 4:51 — No Comments

Bear Creek amicus brief sought holistic legal interpretation

 Are a country’s obligations under international human rights law relevant in interpreting its potential liability in a lawsuit brought by a mining company under an investment treaty? Does a company’s responsibility to respect human rights come into play when assessing which of its 'expectations’ should be protected in an investment dispute? These questions are particularly important in the context of investment disputes that stand to affect the rights of third parties, as most disputes…

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Added by Lisa Sachs on August 29, 2016 at 16:27 — No Comments

Our Online Extractives Governance Course: What We’ve Learned, What We’ve Changed and Why You Should Register

Megan Cassidy, Matteo Pellegrini and Lisa Sachs

 

Earlier this year, the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment, the Natural Resource Governance Institute, and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), with support from the World Bank, launched a free online course that allows anyone, anywhere to learn about how natural resources can be a catalyst, rather than an obstacle, to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. We gathered some of the…

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Added by Lisa Sachs on August 10, 2016 at 15:11 — No Comments

Mapping the SDGs for the Mining Sector

In September 2015, the 193 UN member states will agree on a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for the period 2015-2030. The SDGs represent the post-2015 global agenda for equitable, socially inclusive, and environmentally sustainable economic development, and cover all aspects of society – poverty, hunger, health, education, gender equality, water, energy, employment, infrastructure, inequality, cities, consumption habits, climate change, oceans, terrestrial ecosystems, peace,…

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Added by Lisa Sachs on June 11, 2015 at 5:11 — No Comments

Resource Resilience: How to Break the Commodities Cycle

The past year has seen dramatic declines in the prices of global commodities and many countries dependent on revenues from extractive industries have been hit hard. However, commodity price fluctuations are nothing new and this raises the question of what countries dependent on commodity exports can learn from past mistakes, and what measures they can take to build resilience against commodity cycles. CCSI’s Lisa Sachs and Nicolas…

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Added by Lisa Sachs on May 28, 2015 at 16:44 — 3 Comments

Memo to US Government on National Action Plan on responsible business conduct

CCSI has sent a memo to President Obama to provide input on the U.S. National Action Plan on responsible business conduct. The memo applauds the U.S. Government’s decision to develop a National Action Plan consistent with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, noting that responsible and rights-respecting outward investment can support sustainable development in host countries, and that the U.S. Government has an…

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Added by Lisa Sachs on January 12, 2015 at 23:15 — No Comments

Human Rights Impact Assessments of Large-Scale Foreign Investments

The Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (CCSI), the Sciences Po Law School Clinic, and the Columbia Law School Human Rights Institute recently published an outcome document of a one-day roundtable focused on the opportunities and challenges presented by human rights impact assessments (HRIAs) of large-scale foreign investments. The…

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Added by Lisa Sachs on December 2, 2014 at 4:45 — No Comments

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