13 April 2017

UNLOCKING THE CLIMATE AND ENERGY POTENTIAL OF TRANSATLANTIC ECONOMIC RELATIONS. By Keith J. Benes for the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) (March 2017). This paper explores trade-related options for the US and EU to advance their climate action efforts, with the author using the lessons from recent trade negotiations between the two sides to help shape his analysis. Benes finds that harmonising standards for clean energy goods provides the best opportunity to slash costs and boost clean energy competition and innovation. To download this paper, please visit the ICTSD website.

TRADE IN COUNTERFEIT ICT GOODS. Published by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Development Centre (March 2017). This study examines trade in counterfeit information and communication technology (ICT) goods, reviewing its causes and scale while noting the relationship with intellectual property rights (IPR) regimes. To download the complete study, please visit the OECD iLibrary website

BEYOND SHIFTING WEALTH: PERSEPCTIVE ON DEVELOPMENT RISKS AND OPPORTUNITIES FROM THE GLOBAL SOUTH. Published by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Development Centre (March 2017). This anthology addresses the phenomenon of developing countries growing in the global economy at a faster rate than advanced countries, referred to as “shifting wealth.” The collection features contributions from policy practitioners and other experts in these fields, looking at the potential challenges and development opportunities that may arise in the coming years. To download this anthology, please visit the OECDiLibrary website.

A MAN-MADE TRAGEDY: THE OVEREXPLOITATION OF FISH STOCKS. Published by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) (February 2017). This video blog features Mukhisa Kituyi, the Secretary-General of UNCTAD, who discusses the negative impacts of overexploiting fish stocks and calls for the elimination of harmful fisheries subsidies which exacerbate this problem. This video blog is available to view on the UNCTAD website

TRACKING SUSTAINABILITY IN FREE TRADE AGREEMENTS: ISSUES OF INTEREST FOR THE COMMONWEALTH. By Fabrizio Meliado for the Commonwealth Secretariat (March 2017). This paper looks at the options available for ensuring improved policy coherence across trade agreements, which can in turn help support the achievement of the 2030 Agenda and related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The author reviews criteria for sustainable development provisions under trade agreements between countries as part of this larger analysis. To access the report in full, visit the OECD iLibrary.

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