28 April 2016

POST-PARIS: TAKING FORWARD THE GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE DEAL. By Rob Bailey and Shane Tomlinson for Chatham House (April 2016). This research briefing focuses on the Paris Agreement reached at the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change’s (UNFCCC) Twenty-first Conference of the Parties (COP21) and the road ahead, particularly the importance of the next five years for staying below the 2˚C temperature goal. The authors also discuss how international forums (i.e., the G-20 and G-7) can help these efforts in terms of long-term strategies. The briefing also notes the role of civil society organisations, and how they can continue to contribute going forward. The full briefing can be accessed here.

THE MANAGING DIRECTOR’S SPRING GLOBAL POLICY AGENDA: DECISIVE ACTION, DURABLE GROWTH. Published by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) (April 2016). This report focuses on current global economic trends, and how the IMF views these trends in terms of future growth.  Published ahead of the IMF-World Bank Group Spring Meetings, the report notes areas of improvement, such as in data releases, slightly firmer oil prices, less pressure on Chinese outflows, and actions taken by major central banks, and analyses how these could serve as a stepping stone toward improving global economic growth. Finally, the report calls for a three-pronged approach of monetary, fiscal, and structural steps to help global growth, while noting where the IMF can contribute. The full report can be accessed here.

THE OCEAN ECONOMY IN 2030. Published by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) (April 2016). This report analyses the potential for growth with regard to the ocean economy in the coming years. Areas of focus include the capacity for job creation and innovation, emerging ocean-based industries, and the prospects for addressing challenges such as energy security and climate change, among others. The report also looks at the risks and uncertainties surrounding the ocean economy, and possible approaches for improving its long-term future. The full report can be found here.

THE TPP, PART I: A DEAL TOO FAR. By Howard Mann for the International Institute for Sustainable Development (January 2016). This commentary paper discusses the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a trade deal between 12 Pacific Rim countries that is currently in the ratification stage. The author analyses the deal and the effects it could have on signatories, and suggests that countries should re-consider the role that such deals have in promoting inclusive, sustainable growth, among other topics. The full article can be accessed here.

CHARTING NEW PATHWAYS AT THE WTO. Published by the National Foreign Trade Council (NFTC) (April 2016). This policy brief discusses the potential opportunities for governments to “inject new life” in the World Trade Organization, in light of recent developments in the global economy. The brief focuses specifically on possible actions regarding the digital economy and the participation of micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises. The policy brief is available here.  

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