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Vangvieng, Lao PDR. Photo by Tawan via Shutterstock.

Time is running out to achieve the goals set out in the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement, and emerging market and developing economies (EMDEs) are facing conditions that inhibit their ability to mobilize investment, including historic levels of external debt, higher interest rates and low growth prospects to 2030.

A new report by the Debt Relief for a Green and Inclusive Recovery (DRGR) Project performs an enhanced global external debt sustainability analysis (DSA) to estimate the extent to which EMDEs can mobilize recommended levels of external financing without jeopardizing debt sustainability.

They find that of 66 eco­nomically vulnerable EMDEs, 47 EMDEs with a total population of over 1.11 billion people will face insolvency problems in the next five years if they seek to ramp up investment to meet climate and development goals.

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