REDUCING IMPORT TARIFFS FOR ENVIRONMENTAL GOODS: THE APEC EXPERIENCE. By Rene Vossenaar for the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) (September 2016). This new research paper evaluates the efforts made by the 21 members of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) regional alliance to reduce tariffs on 54 select environmental goods to five percent or less by the end of last year. The publication considers this work in the context of a similar initiative among 17 WTO members to negotiate a tariff-cutting Environmental Goods Agreement (EGA). The publication can be found here.
PRIORITY TRADE POLICY ACTIONS TO ACHIEVE THE 2030 AGENDA AND TRANSFORM AFRICAN LIVELIHOODS. By Lily Sommer and David Luke for ICTSD (September 2016). This think piece reviews the different ways that trade-related policies can help in addressing poverty and related issues across the African continent, particularly in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The new paper is available for download here.
THE EVOLUTION OF US AND EUROPEAN MONETARY POLICY AFTER BRETTON WOODS: A HISTORICAL OVERVIEW AND LESSONS FOR THE FUTURE. By Matthew Oxenford for the Chatham House (September 2016). This paper reviews the changing norms in the field of monetary policy, from the early Bretton Woods era to the present day, particularly in the context of the global recovery from the 2008-2009 financial crisis. The author also provides a series of related recommendations. The paper is available for download here.
INNOVATION, AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTIVITY AND SUSTAINABILITY IN THE UNITED STATES. Published by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) (September 2016). This review of US policies builds on analysis of several policy areas, looking into topics such as the overall state of US food and agricultural markets; the level of stability and trust in US institutions; capacity-building efforts and trade in this field; and other related topics. The publication is available for download here.
SUSTAINABLE STOCK EXCHANGES INITIATIVE 2016 REPORT ON PROGRESS. Published by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) (September 2016). This report aims to evaluate how stock exchanges can help support the development of sustainable capital markets, looking in turn at how these can then assist in the efforts to meet the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted last year. To read more, click here.