OPPORTUNITIES FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IN GLOBAL VALUE CHAINS: A CASE STUDY OF THE MYANMAR GARMENT SECTOR. BY Samah El-Shahat and Violante di Canossa for the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) (February 2018). This case study focuses on Myanmar’s role in the global value chain for apparel production, looking at recent developments that have fuelled export growth, along with providing recommendations that can support economic upgrading and other sustainability objectives. The paper is available for download at the ICTSD website.
INFRASTRUCTURE BANKS: SOLUTIONS AND BEST PRACTICES. Published by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) (February 2018). This discussion paper examines a selection of infrastructure banks in different parts of the world, looking at their implementation and what lessons can be learned for other countries interested in pursuing this type of support. The paper is available for download at the IISD website.
WORLD TRADE OUTLOOK INDICATOR. Published by the World Trade Organization (WTO) (February 2018). This latest update to the WTO’s short-term forecasts on trade volume growth finds that the recovery seen in the past year is due to continue in 2018, given the results seen in recent months. To learn more about the latest forecasts or how the indicator works, visit the WTO website.
QUANTIFYING THE COST AND BENEFITS OF ENDING HUNGER AND UNDERNUTRITION: EXAMINING THE DIFFERENCES AMONG ALTERNATIVE APPROACHES. Published by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) (February 2018). This issue brief attempts to quantify how much it would cost to meet the relevant Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) of ending hunger and malnutrition, along with explaining the differences behind varying estimates and looking at the costs of meeting other SDGs. The issue brief is available for download at the IFPRI website.
LEAST DEVELOPED COUNTRIES’ EXPERIENCES WITH THE UNFCCC TECHNOLOGY MECHANISM. By Brianna Craft, Stella Gama, and Thinley Namgyel for the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) (December 2017). This paper looks at how the world’s least developed countries (LDC) have interacted with the existing technology mechanism under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), along with LDC barriers in the fields of technology development and transfer in relation to climate action. The publication is available for download at the IIED website.