TRIGGERING THE TRADE TRANSITION: THE G20’s ROLE IN RECONCILING RULES FOR TRADE AND CLIMATE CHANGE. By James Bacchus for the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) (February 2018). This new paper is part of an ICTSD series relating to the intersection of trade and climate policy, with a focus on the potential role of the G20 in this context. The paper is available for download at the ICTSD website.
MULTILATERALISING TELECOMS: A STEP-CHANGE IN NEED OF A STEP? By Rohan Kariyawasam for the RTA Exchange (February 2018). This paper examines the provisions of regional trade agreements (RTAs) which related to telecommunications used in electronic commerce. It notes the importance of telecommunications infrastructure in this context, as well as harmonisation through the global trading system. This paper was produced under the RTA Exchange, which is jointly implemented by the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). The paper is available for download at the ICTSD website.
MAKING BLENDED FINANCE WORK FOR THE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS. Published by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) (January 2018). This paper looks at the concept of “blended finance,” namely on the use of development finance for leveraging greater capital and thus addressing the funding needs for meeting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development. The publication can be found at the OECD’s iLibrary.
INVESTMENT TRENDS MONITOR: SPECIAL EDITION. Published by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) (February 2018). This special edition of UNCTAD’s investment trends publication takes a specific focus on the potential implications of the US tax reform bill for global foreign direct investment (FDI). It outlines, for example, which measures within the tax reform legislation will affect the US investment climate and the international investment regime for multinational enterprises, among others. The publication is available via the UNCTAD website.
THE END OF THE LINE? HOW TO SAVE OUR FISH. By Mark Halle for the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) (January 2018). This commentary examines the role of the WTO fisheries negotiations in achieving target 14.6 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which refers to the elimination of subsidies to illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing as well as prohibitions on subsidies which lead to overcapacity and overfishing by the year 2020, taking into account developing country considerations and special and differential treatment. The author looks at the current context as well as the road ahead for achieving this target. The paper is available at the IISD website.