18 December 2014

THE NEW SERVICES ERA – IS GATS UP TO THE TASK? By Emilie Anér and Magnus Rentzhog for the E15 Initiative (November 2014). This think piece, prepared as part of the E15 Initiative being jointly led by the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) and the World Economic Forum (WEF), reviews the transformation that the services landscape has been undergoing in recent years, while analysing trends in services trade and the fundamental structural changes behind such trends. The authors also look at the WTO’s General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) in relation to the changing landscape of services trade, and examine whether and how the deal should be updated. To learn more, or to download the publication, visit the E15 Initiative website.

CLIMATE FINANCE: IS IT MAKING A DIFFERENCE? A REVIEW OF THE EFFECTIVENESS OF MULTILATERAL CLIMATE FUNDS. By Smita Nakhooda, Marigold Norman, Sam Barnard, Charlene Watson, Romilly Greenhill, Alice Caravani, Nella Canales Trujillo and Graham Banton for the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) (December 2014). This new report analyses a decade’s worth of contributions and spending to nine major international and two national funds established to tackle climate change. The paper has been prepared in the context of the ongoing efforts to establish a new international agreement by 2015 on climate change, which would enter into force at the end of this decade. For more information, or to download the ODI report, please click here.

TRADE IN ILLEGAL TIMBER: THE RESPONSE IN CHINA. By Laura Wellesley for Chatham House (December 2014). This new research paper reviews the efforts taken in China – both by the government and by the private sector – to tackle illegal logging and the associated trade. The author finds that illegal trade in timber continues to be a significant problem, despite these efforts, and makes a series of recommendations for both the public and private sectors. More information, as well as the full report, is available at the Chatham House website

LATIN AMERICAN ECONOMIC OUTLOOK 2015. Published by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) (December 2014). This annual report, prepared by the OECD’s Development Centre, focuses on the role of education, skills, and innovation as inputs for inclusive growth in Latin America in the coming year. The full edition, which was published with support from the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, can be accessed here.

DEEP PROVISIONS IN REGIONAL TRADE AGREEMENTS: HOW MULTILATERAL-FRIENDLY? Published by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) (December 2014). This paper reviews how and whether selected elements of regional trade agreements (RTAs) can be used as a “stepping stone” for future multilateralisation, keeping in mind the current context of rapid RTA proliferation. The paper is available for download here.

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