TRADE, FOOD SECURITY, AND THE 2030 AGENDA. By Eugenio Díaz-Bonilla and Jonathan Hepburn for the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) (October 2016). This new research paper reviews the relationship between trade policy and the various commitments under the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda for addressing hunger and malnutrition. The authors provide an overview of progress to date, along with examining what options may be available going forward. The paper is available for download here.
GLOBAL INVESTMENT PROSPECTS ASSESSMENT 2016-2018. Published by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) (October 2016). This UNCTAD publication predicts short- and medium-term outcomes for foreign direct investment (FDI) at the international, regional and industry levels, as well as future investment strategies of multinational companies. This latest edition predicts drops in global FDI for this year, along with limited prospects when analysing by region. The publication can be found here.
IIA MAPPING PROJECT-DATABASE UPDATES. By the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) (October 2016). The UNCTAD IIA Mapping Project is a collaboration between the UN agency and several universities to examine policy trends across International Investment Agreements (IIAs). The newly updated database can be found here.
THE ESTIMATION OF FINANCIAL CONDITIONS INDICES FOR THE MAJOR OECD COUNTRIES. By E. Philip Davis, Simon Kirby, and James Warren for the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) (October 2016). This paper seeks to provide updated financial conditions indices for France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK, and the US, as well as the euro area, with the analysis incorporating the implications of the global financial crisis. The paper is available for download here.