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Publications from 2020

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Briefing Note: Aligning International Investment Agreements with the Sustainable Development Goals, Lise Johnson, Lisa E. Sachs, and Nathan Lobel

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The COMET Framework: Greenhouse Gas Data Transparency to Enable the Success of EU Climate Policy, Martin Dietrich Brauch and Solina Kennedy

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Shared-Use Infrastructure Along the World’s Largest Iron Ore Operation: Lessons Learned from the Carajás Corridor, Martin Dietrich Brauch, Nicolas Maennling, Perrine Toledano, Edgar Santos Monteiro, and Felipe Botelho Tavares

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Free, Prior and Informed Consent: Addressing Political Realities to Improve Impact, Tehtena Mebratu-Tsegaye and Leila Kazemi

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Health Priorities for Sustainable Development, Lisa E. Sachs and Jeffrey D. Sachs

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Getting the Most Out of Extractive Industries Transparency: How a More Explicit Treatment of Political Considerations Could Strengthen the Impact of Transparency Efforts, Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment

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Mining and the SDGs: A 2020 Status Update, Responsible Mining Foundation and Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment

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Equipping the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation for the Low-Carbon Transition How Are Other National Oil Companies Adapting?, Perrine Toledano, Martin Dietrich Brauch, Tehtena Mebratu-Tsegaye, and Francisco Javier Pardinas Favela

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Incorporating Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) into Investment Approval Processes, Kelly Dudine and Sam Szoke-Burke

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Investment Promotion and Facilitation for Sustainable Development, Brooke Guven

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Submission to Bonsucro re Production Standard v5 (2019-21), Nami Patel and Sam Szoke-Burke

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Don’t Throw Caution to the Wind: In the Green Energy Transition, Not All Critical Minerals Will Be Goldmines, Perrine Toledano, Martin Dietrich Brauch, Solina Kennedy, and Howard Mann

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Best Practices in Data Driven Development Planning in Mining Regions, Nicolas Maennling and Josefina Correa

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Mechanisms for Consultation and Free, Prior and Informed Consent in the Negotiation of Investment Contracts, Sam Szoke-Burke and Kaitlin Y. Cordes

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Comment on US Trade and Investment Agreements Submitted to USTR, Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment

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A Review of Sierra Leone’s Mines and Minerals Act, Tehtena Mebratu-Tsegaye, Perrine Toledano, and Sophie Thomashausen

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Preparing Legal Frameworks for Environmental Disasters: Practical Considerations for Host States, Brooke Guven, Perrine Toledano, and Lise Johnson

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Electric Utility Alignment with the SDGs & the Paris Climate Agreement, Perrine Toledano, Aniket Shah, Nicolas Maennling, and Ryan J. Lasnick

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Making Coffee Sustainable, Jeffrey D. Sachs and Kaitlin Y. Cordes

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Executive Summary on Ensuring Economic Viability and Sustainability of Coffee Production, Jeffrey D. Sachs, Kaitlin Y. Cordes, James Rising, Perrine Toledano, and Nicolas Maennling

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Environmental Injustice: How Treaties Undermine Human Rights Related to the Environment, Lisa E. Sachs, Lise Johnson, and Ella Merrill

Publications from 2019

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A Model for “Smart” Mineral Enterprise Development for Spurring Investment in Climate Change Mitigation Technology, Saleem Ali, Robert K. Perrons, Perrine Toledano, and Nicolas Maennling

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Aligning Investment Treaties with Sustainable Development Goals, Lise Johnson, Lisa E. Sachs, and Nathan Lobel

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Legal Frameworks & Foreign Investment: A Primer on Governments’ Obligations, Kaitlin Y. Cordes, Lise Johnson, Sam Szoke-Burke, and Rumbidzaii Mawen

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Securing Adequate Legal Defense in Proceedings under International Investment Agreements: A Scoping Study, Lise Johnson and Brooke Guven

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Inconsistency's Many Forms in Investor-State Dispute Settlement and Implications for Reform, Lise Johnson and Lisa E. Sachs

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Outcome Report on the Climate Crisis, Global Land Use and Human Rights Conference, Mateusz Kasprowicz, Sam Szoke-Burke, and Kaitlin Y. Cordes

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Environmental Injustice: How Treaties Undermine the Right to a Healthy Environment, Lisa E. Sachs, Lise Johnson, and Ella Merrill

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Linkages to the Mining Sector in Colombia, Nicolas Maennling and Perrine Toledano

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Agricultural Investments: A Primer for Host Government Lawyers and Local Lawyers in Private Practice, Tehtena Mebratu-Tsegaye

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Ensuring Economic Viability and Sustainability of Coffee Production, Jeffrey D. Sachs, Kaitlin Y. Cordes, James Rising, Perrine Toledano, and Nicolas Maennling

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Fixing the Business of Food: The Food Industry and the SDG Challenge, Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition, Sustainable Development Solutions Network, Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment, and Sanda Chiara Lab

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The Business and Human Rights Arbitration Rule Project: Falling Short of its Access to Justice Objectives, Lisa E. Sachs, Lise Johnson, Kaitlin Y. Cordes, Jesse Coleman, and Brooke Güven

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Third-Party Rights in Investor-State Dispute Settlement: Options for Reform, Jesse Coleman, Lise Johnson, Brooke Güven, Lorenzo Cotula, and Thierry Berger

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Briefing for Civil Society Organizations – Understanding Commercial Eucalyptus Plantations: How Do They Work and What Are Their Environmental Impacts?, Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment

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UNCITRAL Working Group III on ISDS Reform: How Cross-Cutting Issues Reshape Reform Options, Lorenzo Cotula, Thierry Berger, Lise Johnson, Brooke Güven, and Jesse Coleman

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Draft Treaty Language: Withdrawal of Consent to Arbitrate and Termination of International Investment Agreements, Brooke Güven and Lise Johnson

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Draft Text Providing for Transparency and Prohibiting Certain Forms of Third-Party Funding in Investor–State Dispute Settlement, Brooke Güven, Lise Johnson, Nathalie Bernasconi-Osterwalder, Lorenzo Cotula, and Jane Kelsey

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Human Rights Law and the Investment Treaty Regime, Jesse Coleman, Kaitlin Y. Cordes, and Lise Johnson

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African Mining and the SDGs: From Vision to Reality, Kathryn Sturman, Perrine Toledano, Charles F.A. Akayuli, and Mzamose Gondwe

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CCSI Submits Written Views to US Department of State Regarding UNCITRAL’s Working Group III, Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment

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Primer: International Investment Treaties and Investor-State Dispute Settlement, Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment

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The Policy Implications of Third-Party Funding in Investor-State Dispute Settlement, Brooke Guven and Lise Johnson

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Alternatives to Investor-State Dispute Settlement, Lise Johnson, Jesse Coleman, Brooke Güven, and Lisa E. Sachs

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Investment Treaties, Investor-State Dispute Settlement and Inequality, Lisa E. Sachs and Lise Johnson

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Innovative Financing Solutions for Community Support in the Context of Land Investments, Sam Szoke-Burke

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Investment Treaties, Investor-State Dispute Settlement, and Inequality: How International Investment Treaties Exacerbate Domestic Disparities, Lise Johnson and Lisa E. Sachs

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Reputational and Integrity Due Diligence on Investors, Kroll and Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment

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How International Oil Companies Could Assist Greece to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals: A Conversation Starter, Alexandra Sdoukou, Andreas Tornaritis, and Perrine Toledano

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Bridging the Information Gap: How Access to Land Contracts Can Serve Community Rights, Lara Wallis and Sam Szoke-Burke

Publications from 2018

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Investments and Human Rights in the Agricultural Sector, Kaitlin Y. Cordes

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Tying the Knot: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Understanding the Human Right to Adequate Nutrition, Jessica Fanzo, Kaitlin Y. Cordes, Elizabeth F. Fox, and Anna Bulman

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The Renewable Power of the Mine, Nicolas Maennling and Perrine Toledano

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Framing the Global Pact for the Environment: Why It’s Needed, What It Does, and How It Does It, Teresa Parejo Navajas and Nathan Lobel

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Updates to the UNCITRAL Legislative Guide on Privately Financed Infrastructure Projects, Brooke Guven and Motoko Aizawa

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Agricultural Investments under International Investment Law, Jesse Coleman, Sarah Brewin, and Thierry Berger

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How International Oil Companies Could Assist the Republic of Cyprus to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals: A Conversation Starter, Andreas Tornaritis and Perrine Toledano

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Outcome Report of Roundtable on International Investment Regime and Access to Justice, Michelle Chan, Kanika Gupta, Jesse Coleman, Kaitlin Y. Cordes, and Lise Johnson

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Community-Investor Negotiation Guide 1: Preparing in Advance for Potential Investors, Rachael Knight, Kaitlin Y. Cordes, Sam Szoke-Burke, Tehtena Mebratu-Tsegaye, and Marena Brinkhurst

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Community-Investor Negotiation Guide 2: Negotiating Contracts with Investors, Sam Szoke-Burke, Rachael Knight, Kaitlin Y. Cordes, Tehtena Mebratu-Tsegaye, and Marena Brinkhurst

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Governing Land Investments: Do Governments Have Legal Support Gaps?, Sam Szoke-Burke and Kaitlin Y. Cordes

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Implementing the Ahafo Benefit Agreements: Seeking Meaningful Community Participation at Newmont’s Ahafo Gold Mine in Ghana, Benjamin Boakye, Maggie M. Cascadden, Jordan Kuschminder, Sam Szoke-Burke, and Eric Werker

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Tax Expenditure and the Treatment of Tax Incentives for Investment, Agustin Redonda, Santiago Diaz de Sarralde, Mark Hallerberg, Lise Johnson, Ariel Melamud, Ricardo Rozemberg, Jakob Schwab, and Christian von Haldenwang

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Clearing the Path: Withdrawal of Consent and Termination as Next Steps for Reforming International Investment Law, Lise Johnson, Jesse Coleman, Brooke Güven, and Lisa E. Sachs

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Costs and Benefits of Investment Treaties: Practical Considerations for States, Lise Johnson, Jesse Coleman, Brooke Guven, and Lisa E. Sachs

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Il Contributo Delle Compagnie Oil & Gas nel Raggiungimento Degli Obiettivi Energetici e Climatici (How Oil and Gas Companies Can Help Meet the Global Goals on Energy and Climate Change), Lisa E. Sachs, Nicolas Maennling, and Perrine Toledano

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Governing Land Investments: Do Governments Have Legal Support Gaps?, Sam Szoke-Burke and Kaitlin Y. Cordes

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Resourcing Green Technologies Through Smart Mineral Enterprise Development: A Case Analysis of Cobalt, Saleem Ali, Perrine Toledano, Nicolas Maennling, Nathaniel Hoffman, and Lola Aganga

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Implementing Shared-Use of Mining Infrastructure to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, Perrine Toledano and Nicolas Maennling

Publications from 2017

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CCSI Submission to UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty Re: United States Country Visit, Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment

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Comments on the World Bank’s Draft Guidance Note for Borrowers ESS5: Land Acquisition, Restrictions on Land Use and Involuntary Resettlement, Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment

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At the Intersection of Land Grievances and Legal Liability: The Need to Reconsider Contract Rights and Expectations at the Supranational Level, Kaitlin Y. Cordes, Lise Johnson, and Sam Szoke-Burke

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Amicus Brief on Rights to Information and Public Participation in Colombia, Brooke Guven, Sam Szoke-Burke, and Pedro Villegas

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International Gas Outlook and Implications for Developing Tanzania’s Gas Projects, Nicolas Maennling, Perrine Toledano, and Thomas Mitro

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The Role of IPAs in Advancing Sustainable Development, Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment and World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies

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India’s Revised Model BIT: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back?, Jesse Coleman and Kanika Gupta

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230+ Law and Economics Professors Urge President to Remove ISDS from NAFTA, Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment

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Green Foreign Direct Investment in Developing Countries, Lise Johnson

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Designing a Legal Regime to Capture Capital Gains Tax on Indirect Transfers of Mineral and Petroleum Rights: A Practical Guide, Perrine Toledano, John Bush, and Jacky Mandelbaum

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Comment on US Trade and Investment Agreements Submitted to USTR, Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment

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How Oil and Gas Companies Can Help Meet the Global Goals on Energy and Climate Change, Lisa E. Sachs, Nicolas Maennling, and Perrine Toledano

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Articulating a Rights-Based Argument for Land Contract Disclosure, Jesse Coleman and Kaitlin Y. Cordes

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Public Consultation on a Multilateral Reform of Investment Dispute Settlement, Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment

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Submission Regarding Amendments to the ICSID Arbitration Rules, Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment

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Briefing Note: A Collaborative Approach to Human Rights Impact Assessments, Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment, Danish Institute for Human Rights, and Sciences Po Law School Clinic

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The Settlement of Investment Disputes: A Discussion of Democratic Accountability and the Public Interest, Lise Johnson and Brooke Guven

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Mechanisms for Consultation and Free, Prior and Informed Consent in the Negotiation of Investment Contracts, Sam Szoke-Burke and Kaitlin Y. Cordes

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A Collaborative Approach to Human Rights Impact Assessments, Sam Szoke-Burke, Kaitlin Y. Cordes, Tulika Bansal, Manon Aubrey, Adrien Le Louarn, Jeremy Perelman, and Marie Poirot

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Submission on the Draft General Comment on “State Obligations Under the ICESCR in the Context of Business Activities”, Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment

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Guide to Land Contracts: Forestry Projects, International Senior Lawyers Project, Kaitlin Y. Cordes, and Sam Szoke-Burke

Publications from 2016

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Beyond Trade Deals: Charting a Post-Brexit Course for UK Investment Treaties, Lise Johnson and Lorenzo Cotula

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Conference Report: Climate Change and Sustainable Investment in Natural Resources: From Consensus to Action, Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment, Sustainable Development Solutions Network, and Sabin Center for Climate Change Law

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Submission to OPIC on Revisions to its Environmental and Social Policy Statement, Kaitlin Y. Cordes

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Outcome Report of Workshop on International Investment and the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Kaitlin Y. Cordes and Jesse Coleman

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International Investment Agreements: Impacts on Climate Change Policies in India, China and Beyond, Lise Johnson and Brooke Güven

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Here's the Deal, Sam Szoke-Burke

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220+ Law and Economics Professors Sign Letter Opposing ISDS in the TPP, Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment

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Mining a Mirage: Reassessing the Shared-Value Paradigm in Light of the Technological Advances in the Mining Sector, Aaron Cosbey, Howard Mann, Nicolas Maennling, Perrine Toledano, Jeff Geipel, and Martin Dietrich Brauch

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A Policy Framework to Approach the Use of Associated Petroleum Gas, Shay Banerjee and Perrine Toledano

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Mapping Mining to the Sustainable Development Goals: An Atlas, Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment, Sustainable Development Solutions Network, United Nations Development Programme, and World Economic Forum