INVENTORY OF ENERGY SUBSIDIES IN THE EU’S EASTERN PARTNERSHIP COUNTRIES. Published by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) (June 2018). This report aims to provide a detailed set of data regarding energy subsidies in the EU’s Eastern Partnership (EaP) region, in a bid to facilitate future discussions on policy reforms. The report focuses primarily on fossil fuel subsidies, both for consumption and production, along with other relevant energy policies. It focuses in depth on six select countries: Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine. To read the report, visit the OECD library website.
SUPPORTING PRIVATE ADAPTATION TO CLIMATE CHANGE IN SEMI-ARID LANDS IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES. By Kate Elizabeth Gannon, Florence Crick, Estelle Rouhaud, Declan Conway, and Sam Fankhauser (June 2018). This brief was written as part of the Pathways to Resilience in Semi-Arid Economies (PRISE) research project, a five-year collaborative initiative through the London School of Economics and Political Science and other organisations. The brief aims to show the value of developing additional measures to improve climate adaptation and resilience, along with developing new partnerships between public and private actors to meet those goals. It focuses particularly on the case of semi-arid lands in select developing economies, along with the importance of climate finance and investment. To download the report, visit the brief website.
SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOAL 6 SYNTHESIS REPORT ON WATER AND SANITATION. Published by UN Water (May 2018). This report is the first synthesis report on SDG 6, which calls for ensuring the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all. It presents an in-depth review and the global baseline status of SDG 6, which is one of 17 global goals covered under the broader 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The report discusses current situations and trends at the global and regional levels, as well as what needs to be done to achieve SDG 6 by the target delivery date of 2030. The report is available on the UN Water website.
CHINA’S FORCED TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER PROBLEM—AND WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT. By Lee G. Branstetter for the Peterson Institute for International Economics (PIIE) (June 2018). This policy brief, assesses the Trump administration’s strategy in its trade relationship with China, focusing specifically on intellectual property rights protection, technology transfer, and industrial development strategy. It provides an alternate course of action for US trade officials to consider, instead of the planned tariffs and investment restrictions. To download the report, visit the PIIE website.