ADVANCING MULTILATERAL TRADE NEGOTIATIONS ON FISHERIES SUBSIDIES: SPANISH, FRENCH LANGUAGE VERSIONS. Published by the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) (May 2018). These policy briefs are the Spanish and French language versions of an ICTSD publication on the main issues at play in the WTO negotiations on disciplining harmful fisheries subsidies, along with what decisions negotiators will be faced with going forward as they aim to craft a deal for the next ministerial conference. The English language version is also available at the ICTSD website.
DECODING ARTICLE 6 OF THE PARIS AGREEMENT. Published by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) (April 2018). This new publication focuses specifically on Article 6 of the UN’s Paris Agreement on climate change, which addresses the issue of market and non-market approaches as forms of voluntary cooperation for meeting countries’ commitments under their national climate action plans. This publication examines the options for establishing guidance, rules, and modalities for Article 6, particularly surrounding issues such as environmental integrity and double counting, in light of the ongoing negotiations to craft a Paris “rulebook.” To download the complete report, visit the ADB website.
USING BIG DATA TO LINK POOR FARMERS TO FINANCE. By Roy Parizat and Heinz-Wilhelm Strubenhoff for the Brookings Institution (May 2018). This article examines the role that new technologies can have in making it easier for rural, smallholder farmers to access loans and credit to support their work. The authors examine opportunities for these technologies going forward, drawing lessons from microfinance, existing technological platforms with similar functions, and more. To read and download the complete brief, visit the Brookings Institution website.
WAS BUENOS AIRES THE BEGINNING OF THE END OR THE END OF THE BEGINNING? By James Bacchus for the Cato Institute (May 2018). In this analysis, former Chairman of the Appellate Body of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) James Bacchus unpacks the events that unfolded at the December 2017 WTO ministerial conference in Buenos Aires, and looks towards the potential next steps for the global trade body. He examines developments such as the open plurilateral approaches being pursued among some member groups, along with what these can mean for the multilateral process. To read and download the full report, visit the Cato Institute website.