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Senior Research Fellow, ICTSD
Mahesh Sugathan
February 2015

Global climate change is an urgent challenge and efforts are underway to limit the increase of global temperatures to no more than 2 degrees Celsius by the middle of the century. At the same time, …

Research Fellow, Asian Development Bank Institute
Matthias Helble
Director of Research, Asian Development Bank Institute
Ganeshan Wignaraja
February 2015

After more than a decade of inconclusive talks, a small but important step was taken in late 2014 to finish the Doha Round negotiations of the World Trade Organization (WTO). In 2015 and beyond, actions …

Estimates show that fossil fuel subsidies average USD 400–600 billion annually worldwide while renewable energy (RE) subsidies amounted to USD 66 billion in 2010 and are predicted to rise to USD 250 billion annually by …

This paper charts trends in industrial policy in high-income economies in the post-1945 period. Three distinct phases are identified. The first covers the post-war reconstruction period and extends to the end of the 1970s. Here, …

February 2015

The Open Working Group was formed in 2013 out of a United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) mandate to discuss possible Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that will shape the post-2015 development agenda. The Open Working …

Expert Groups

E15 experts are divided into 15 thematic groups and three task forces addressing horizontal issues. The groups meet regularly with the goal of delivering a set of policy options in 2015.


Key stakeholders – WTO Ambassadors and political, civil society and business leaders – are engaged in roundtable dialogues and World Economic Forum meetings to help validate ideas and align interests.


The E15 is guided by a Steering Board made up of prominent global leaders, including business executives, government representatives, and think tank heads.