LEVERAGING THE SERVICES SECTOR FOR INCLUSIVE VALUE CHAINS IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES. By Judith Fessehaie for the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) (September 2017). This paper examines many of the interlinkages between services, value chains, and sustainable development, along with providing related recommendations for achieving sustainable development objectives. This paper is available for download on the ICTSD website.
PHASING OUT FOSSIL FUEL SUBSIDIES IN THE G20: PROGESS, CHALLENGES, AND WAYS FORWARD. By Henok Birhanu Asmelash for the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) (September 2017). This paper reviews the state of play in the efforts to phase out fossil fuel subsidies, particularly given past G20 commitments in this area. The author also includes recommendations for G20 policymakers, specifically built around trade. This paper is available for download on the ICTSD website.
SHARED STOCKS AND FISHERIES SUBSIDIES DISCIPLINES: DEFINITIONS, CATCHES, AND REVENUES. By Rashid Sumaila for the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (September 2017). This information note focuses specifically on shared and non-fish stocks, looking at how these are defined in academic literature and what this could mean for understanding fisheries subsidies and related WTO negotiations to discipline such support. This note is available for download on the ICTSD website.
PREDICTIONS ON HOW NAFTA TALKS WILL GO. By Gary Claude Hufbauer, Euijin Jung, and Melina Kolb for the Peterson Institute for International Economics (August 2017). This piece sets out possible scenarios for the ongoing negotiations to modernise the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), building off an earlier blog post. It also outlines what challenges could complicate each scenario. This article is available online.
WHY CHINA IS CURBING OUTBOUND DIRECT INVESTMENT. By Zixuan Huang and Heiwai Tang for the Peterson Institute for International Economics and the John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (August 2017). This article looks at China’s direct investment both involving state-owned and private actors, along with the implications for the domestic banking and financial system. This article is available online.
THE STATE OF FOOD SECURITY AND NUTRITION IN THE WORLD 2017: BUILDING RESILIENCE FOR PEACE AND FOOD SECURITY. Published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD), and the World Food Programme (WFP) (September 2017). This annual report examines the efforts towards addressing hunger and malnutrition, particularly in light of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), providing updated estimates on food insecurity. It also looks at the implications for food insecurity for conflicts and unrest. This report is available online.
TRADE AND DEVELOPMENT REPORT 2017. Published by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) (September 2017). This report calls for boosting investment on a global scale, arguing that doing so could help support sustainable development objectives. It also looks at a host of related topics, including resource mobilisation and technology. This report is available for download at the UNCTAD website.