To shed light on some key trends, issues, and policy debates from different perspectives relevant to trade and sustainability, we invite you to explore our digest of selected publications released over the past quarter by a diversity of stakeholders.
Trade Policy Tools for Climate Action, WTO, December 2023
This publication by the WTO Secretariat presents a review of trade policies that governments could consider as part of their strategies for climate change mitigation and adaptation.
Towards Eliminating Plastic Pollution by 2040: A Policy Scenario Analysis, Interim Findings, OECD, November 2023
These interim findings aim to support the ongoing negotiations towards a plastics treaty by providing an overview of the benefits and consequences of varying levels of international ambition and policy stringency across the plastics life cycle.
Global Energy Transitions Stocktake: Tracking Progress Toward the Paris Agreement, IEA, November 2023
With the finalization of the first global stocktake of the Paris Agreement, this IEA resource brings together all of its latest data and analysis on clean energy transitions, making it freely accessible.
Emissions Gap Report 2023, UNEP, November 2023
As greenhouse gas emissions hit new highs, this report finds that the world is heading for a temperature rise far above the Paris Agreement goals unless countries deliver more than they have promised.
Trade and Development Report 2023, UNCTAD, October 2023
The focus of the report is on proposals for reform of the international financial architecture, including through systemic reforms to the global debt architecture; regulatory responses to instability in commodity markets; and measures to scale up financial resources to align development and growth with the climate crisis,
Building Circularity into Nationally Determined Contributions: A Practical Toolbox, UNEP, UNDP, and UNFCCC secretariat, October 2023
UNEP’s One Planet network, UNDP, and the UNFCCC Secretariat developed this practical toolbox to support countries to identify, prioritize, implement, and track circular economy interventions for increased ambition and implementation of their nationally determined contributions.
World Economic Outlook: Navigating Global Divergences, IMF, October 2023
The latest World Economic Outlook finds that global recovery remains slow, with growing regional divergences and little margin for policy error.
Global Sustainable Development Report 2023, UN, September 2023
The GSDR 2023 highlights key transformations needed in different sectors and provides key findings from the literature, practical examples, and tools for progress towards achievement of the SDGs.
Villars Framework for a Sustainable Global Trade System, September 2023
This report, generated through consultations with a broad base of scholars, researchers, and other thought leaders, seeks to respond to the need for fresh thinking, careful analysis, and thoughtful reform of the global trade system for sustainability.
World Trade Report 2023, WTO, September 2023
This year's World Trade Report makes a case for re-globalization and examines the risks of fragmentation of the multilateral trading system.
The Ocean as a Solution to Climate Change: Updated Opportunities for Action, High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy, September 2023
This report finds that full implementation of ocean-based climate solutions that are ready for action now could reduce the “emissions gap” by up to 35% on a 1.5°C pathway in 2050.
Priorities for an Equitable Reform of the Global Financial System, The African Climate Foundation, August 2023
This paper draws on a series of policy and reform proposals from African leaders. It builds on initiatives emerging from the Global South and puts forward a set of recommendations, reflecting Africa’s priorities in advancing equitable reform of the international financial architecture.
Using Trade Tools to Fight Climate Change, Jennifer Hillman and Loriane Damian, August 2023
In this book, the authors bring together a series of contributions that examine how the trade and climate regimes operate and how greater coordination between both regimes can be harnessed to address the climate crisis.
Copernican Revolution or Green Protectionism?, Timothy Mayer, August 2023
This book chapter argues that the quest nations are on today is not for trade policies that promote sustainability in the least trade restrictive way possible. Instead, they are looking for policies that can generate the political support to address urgent environmental crises while still promoting economic growth.
Going Circular: How the Harmonized System Codes Can/Not Support a Circular Economy and What Else Could Be Done, Jack Barrie and Gael Grooby, August 2023
This report reviews the relevance of the World Customs Organization harmonization system of codes to efforts to promote a circular economy and options for updates that could play a supportive role.
Border Carbon Adjustments: Priorities for International Cooperation, Ieva Baršauskaitė and Alice Tipping, August 2023
This IISD policy brief looks into some of the pertinent design elements of border carbon adjustments that might be fruitful subjects of international discussion about the best ways forward.