15 December 2016

THE RELEVANCE OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL GOODS AGREEMENT IN ADVANCING THE PARIS AGREEMENT GOALS AND SDGS: A FOCUS ON CLEAN ENERGY AND COSTA RICA’S EXPERIENCE. By Monica Araya for the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) (December 2016). This paper analyses the path Costa Rica is taking to implement the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement, with a special focus on its participation the Environmental Goods Agreement (EGA) which aims to reduce tariffs on certain clean energy technologies and other environmental goods. The paper also provides advice for other developing countries, drawn from this analysis. The publication is available for download here.

ENVIRONMENT IN THE TRANS-PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP: A LEGAL ANALYSIS. Published by the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) (December 2016). This new research paper reviews the environmental provisions of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement, along with what these could mean for trade and sustainable development policy both within the TPP group and beyond. The full paper can be downloaded here.

AGRICULTURAL – TRADE DISTORTING SUPPORT CALCULATOR. Released by the Australian Permanent Mission and Consulate-General in Geneva (December 2016). This new tool is designed to help WTO members predict potential limits and expenditures on trade-distorting agricultural support under the organisation’s rules on farm trade. The web tool and related tutorials can be accessed here.

AFRICAN CONTINENTAL FREE TRADE AREA: POLICY AND NEGOTIATION OPTIONS FOR TRADE IN GOODS. By Magdi A. Farahat for the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) (December 2016). This paper discusses what it takes to establish free trade agreements (FTAs) in goods, the factors in supporting the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) negotiations, as well as policy suggestions to maximise the benefits of the CFTA once completed. The publication is available for download here.

THE DETERMINANTS OF ENTRY IN THE ELECTRICITY GENERATION SECTOR IN OECD COUNTRIES: A FOCUS ON RENEWABLE ENERGY - ENVIRONMENT WORKING PAPER NO.111. By David Benatia and Tomasz Koźluk for the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) (December 2016). This working paper analyses the deciding factors in the entry of OECD countries in the electricity generation market, focusing on the investments in renewable electricity generation during 1990-2007. The paper also reviews the related policy implications for this field. The paper is available for download here.

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