Publications and resources

4 July 2012

Realising the Potential of the UNFCCC Technology Mechanism – ICTSD – May 2012
This publication brings together a series of think pieces that address the potentials and challenges of using the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Technology Mechanism (TM) to improve technology development and transfer for climate mitigation and adaptation.
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Food Security and Climate Change Initiative: Agriculture and Climate Change: Post-Durban issues for negotiators – IISD – May 2012
This paper examines the implications of the Durban Outcomes, and reviews party submissions on agriculture to the secretariat for consideration by SBSTA. It concludes by presenting critical issues that will need to be considered by negotiators in shaping a post-Durban programme of work on agriculture
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Firm Behaviour and the Introduction of New Exports: Evidence from Brazil – IDS – March 2012
This paper contributes to understanding the process of export diversification by analysing firm level determinants in Brazil during the period 2000–2009. The findings suggest that firms prepare for diversification by first gaining power in the domestic market and more importantly that they do so by adopting specific innovation and learning efforts.
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The African Growth and Opportunity Act: Looking Back, Looking Forward – The Brookings Institution – June 2012
This report examines the impact of the African Growth and Opportunity Act during the past 12 years. The report argues that AGOA continues to be the cornerstone of the U.S.-African commercial relationship and should be extended for 10 years beyond its scheduled expiration in 2015.
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Trade and Environment Briefing Notes - ICTSD, UNEP and ITC - June 2012
Jointly published by the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD), UN Environment Programme (UNEP), and International Trade Centre (ITC), this series of briefing notes aims to inform governments, businesses, and non-governmental organisations involved in the Rio+20 Conference on the important trade issues embedded in the transition to the green economy. They cover the following topics: trade and the green economy; export restrictions; sustainable agriculture; sustainable fisheries; environmental goods; environmental services; sustainability standards for consumer goods; product carbon footprinting; and international transport.
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The Way Forward: Inclusive Green Growth Policies Tailored to Real World Challenges - World Bank - May 2012
This report lays out the challenges, potential, and strategies of greening growth. It argues that greening growth is necessary, efficient and affordable. Obstacles to green growth are political inertia, behavioural inertia, and a lack of financing instruments, rather than economic cost of green policies. The report offers strategies for inclusive green growth and asserts that all countries, rich and poor, have opportunities to make their growth greener and more inclusive without slowing it.
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Global Outlook on Sustainable Consumption and Production Policies - UNEP - June 2012
This publication offers a stocktaking of sustainable consumption and production (SCP) policies. It analyses 56 case studies ranging from global multilateral agreements and regional strategies to specific policies and initiatives being implemented by governments, businesses, and civil society organisations. Its main objective is to provide information about existing activities promoting SCP, to identify best practices, and to provide recommendations to adapt, replicate, and scale-up SCP policies going forward.
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Free Trade Agreements: Impact on US Trade and implications for US trade policy- Congressional Research Service - June 2012
This paper, prepared for the United States Congress, examines recent developments in US trade policy and the role of free trade agreements (FTAs) in US foreign policy. The paper provides an overview of the history of FTAs in the US, followed by an analysis of the economic impact of FTAs and their implications for international relations and US national interests.
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