Governance and Multilateral Agreements
While the number of multilateral agreements and governance frameworks abound, they vary on multiple levels. They cover different topics, from monetary policy to international trade, chemicals management to climate change. They have different memberships that do not fully overlap, and each have their own types of obligations. They also have varying legal implications, with some taking a “soft law” approach without enforcement mechanisms, while others take a “hard law” approach with the prospect of sanctions for non-compliance.
At IISD, our work on governance and multilateral agreements involves working with countries, regional and international institutions, academics, and civil society representatives to better understand these systems and their implications for sustainable, inclusive development. We consider issues such as policy coherence and conflict; governance gaps and overlaps; transparency and accountability; and the implications of these frameworks for national and regional policy space. We advise governments, hold expert meetings, participate in international forums, document and analyze negotiations, and conduct in-depth research into trends, reform options, and best practices.
The State of Global Environmental Governance 2019
A global team of reporters points to the successes, shortcomings and overall trends in international environmental negotiations in 2019.
A Long and Winding Road: COP 25 end notes
If there is one word to sum up what turned out to be the longest Conference of Parties (COP) in UNFCCC history, it’s arguably “frustration.” Now that COP 25 has wrapped, it’s worth looking back at what was—and wasn’t—achieved.
From Bali to Marrakech: A decade of international climate negotiations
This book builds on IISD's Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) coverage of a decade of climate change negotiations from the meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP) in Bali, Indonesia in 2007 to Marrakech, Morocco in 2016.
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Why Is the United Nations Climate Week Important Now?
What you need to know about the September 2020 Climate Week meetings and what it means for economic recovery post-COVID.
Stockholm and the Birth of Environmental Diplomacy
A 1972 UN conference began modern international cooperation on the environment. What lessons should we take from it amid mounting global crises?
The Proposed Multilateral Framework on Investment Facilitation
This paper examines the proposed multilateral framework on investment facilitation and how it relates to existing trade and investment agreements.
Making the Trading System Work for the SDGs: 10 questions for the next WTO Director-General
Trade, if well managed, can be a powerful tool for development. But it must not stand in the way of achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
World Leaders Must Play Their Part in Rethinking Trade to Help Us “Build Back Better”
While the question of who will lead the WTO is important, political leaders must also renew their commitment to working together.
WTO Negotiations on Fisheries Subsidies: What's the state of play?
With only a few months to conclude WTO talks on fisheries subsidies, this update is an overview of the draft text circulated by the Chair of negotiations.
Investment Treaty News (ITN), Volume 11, Issue 2, June 2020
Investment Treaty News (ITN) is IISD’s flagship journal on international investment law and policy.
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