ACCESS TO GENETIC RESOURCES AND BENEFIT SHARING 25 YEARS ON: PROGRESS AND CHALLENGES. By Manuel Ruiz Muller for the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD). This new paper examines the current landscape in access and benefit sharing (ABS) in relation to genetic resources, including research and development (R&D) efforts involving such resources. The author suggests that policymakers consider developing a new global regime in this area, along with what it might entail and why it would be valuable. To learn more, visit the ICTSD website.
STRENGTHENING GOVERNANCE AND REDUCING CORRUPTION RISKS TO TACKLE ILLEGAL WILDLIFE TRADE. Published by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) (October 2018). This report examines cases from East and Southern Africa on efforts to tamp down on illegal wildlife trade in flora and fauna, along with providing related recommendations. The authors relied on field interviews, extensive mapping, and data analysis from different key databases. The report is available in the OECD’s iLibrary.
FACING UP TO LOW PRODUCTIVITY GROWTH. Edited by Adam S. Posen and Jeromin Zettelmeyer for the Peterson Institute for International Economics (PIIE) (November 2018). This book examines trends in productivity growth across various advanced economies, along with the implications of such trends on public finances, inequality, and trade. The book features publications from a dozen authors. To learn more or to purchase the book, visit the PIIE website.
GLOBAL FINANCIAL STABILITY REPORT. Published by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) (October 2018). This report, subtitled “A Decade after the Global Financial Crisis: Are We Safer?,” looks at the near-term, mid-term, and long-term stability of global financial markets and related risk factors, along with examining the evolution of the global economy over the past ten years. The report is available to read and download on the IMF’s website.