6 July 2017

TRADE & ENVIRONMENT DATABASE – TREND ANALYTICS. Published by the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) in Bonn, Germany, and Jean-Frédéric Morin, chairholder of the Canada Research Chair in International Political Economy at Laval University, Canada (2017). This joint project builds from the TREND database, which brings together information regarding the environmental provisions across 630 preferential trade agreements that have been developed since the year 1945. The existing TREND database has now been adapted into TREND analytics for the use of policymakers, civil society members, academics, and other interested stakeholders. The TREND analytics tool is available at the following website.

GLOBAL FUTURE COUNCIL ON INTERNATIONAL TRADE AND INVESTMENT: STRATEGIC BRIEF FOR THE G20 SUMMIT IN HAMBURG, GERMANY. Published by the World Economic Forum (WEF) (July 2017). This brief has been prepared by various high-level experts and thought leaders in the trade and investment field in time for the G20 leaders’ summit in Hamburg, Germany. The briefing note discusses the value of global trade cooperation and open markets, along with what a rules-based system means for consumers and sustainability. The brief was directed towards G20 sherpas and includes a call to action. It is available for download at the WEF website.

INVESTING IN SKILLS FOR INCLUSIVE TRADE. Published by the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the International Labour Organization (ILO) (July 2017). This new report examines the relationship between skills, life-long learning, labour market policies, trade, and inclusive growth, along with outlining potential policy approaches for governments to consider in making their workers more competitive. The full report and related webcast and speeches are available at the WTO website.

AGRICULTURAL POLICY MONITORING AND EVALUATION 2017. Published by the Organisation for the Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) (June 2017). This report reviews farm policy in both OECD and select non-OECD countries, outlining challenges and opportunities, and providing national-level snapshots of the 52 economies profiled. To download this report, please visit the OECD’s website.

THE DEVELOPMENT-RELATED IMPACTS OF EU AGRICULTURAL SUBSIDIES. By Alan Matthews for Trinity College Dublin (June 2017). This working paper explores how the ongoing process to develop a post-2020 EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) could affect developing economies outside the bloc. It examines the ideas that have been floated to date, along with featuring recommendations for stakeholder groups who are engaging in these discussions. To download the full working paper, please visit Trinity College Dublin’s website.

GLOBAL INNOVATION INDEX 2017. Published by Cornell University, INSEAD, and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) (June 2017). This annual global index uses over 80 indicators to help rank countries’ levels of innovation, ranging from infrastructure to the political environment. It also takes a particular focus on farm and food-related issues, such as agricultural innovation and the transformation of food value chains, under this year’s theme of “Innovation Feeding the World.” For the full index, please visit WIPO’s website.

REGULATING THE DATA THAT DRIVE 21ST CENTURY ECONOMIC GROWTH – THE LOOMING TRANSATLANTIC BATTLE. Published by Chatham House (June 2017). This research paper examines EU and US approaches to data flows, specifically regarding areas such as data protection, regulatory principles, privacy, and national security. The authors note that this issue has become increasingly prominent in light of the rapid pace of technological change and the commercial uses of data. To download the full report, please visit Chatham House’s website.

10 PROPOSITIONS FOR SUCCESS: INTEGRATING INTERNATIONAL CLIMATE CHANGE COMMITMENTS INTO NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLANNING. By Neil Bird, Claire Monkhouse, and Katharine Booth for the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (July 2017). This paper works to make the link between the nationally determined contributions made by countries under the UN’s Paris Agreement on climate change and their domestic work on development-related subjects. The full publication is available for download at the Overseas Development Institute’s (ODI) website.

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