IISD has been working on international trade for over two decades, analyzing the issue from multiple perspectives: scientific, economic, fiscal, legal, social, and environmental.
Within the wide range of topics that trade covers, IISD has a long history of working on reforms to the World Trade Organization’s rules and members’ ability to engage in those processes. IISD has also built an extensive body of work on regional and plurilateral trade agreements; options for new industrial policies functioning within a rules-based system; innovative financing for sustainable infrastructure; border-carbon adjustment measures; and whether trade can accelerate renewable energy, improve food security, and eliminate harmful fisheries subsidies and fossil fuel subsidies.
IISD works with developing countries and others on these and other trade issues, along with analyzing the latest trends and thinking in this field through its flagship Investment Treaty News, Global Subsidies Initiative, the SDG Knowledge Hub, and its forthcoming Trade and Sustainability Review. It also holds regular webinars on issues at the heart of the trade and sustainability nexus, as part of its partnership with the University of Geneva's Faculty of Law.
Fight hunger and malnutrition by rebuilding trust in trade and markets
Global progress tackling malnutrition is going backwards, with poverty and economic downturns jeopardizing prospects for reaching the Sustainable Development Goals.
Global Market Report: Soybeans
This report examines how voluntary sustainability standards can play a valuable role in addressing some of the social and environmental problems involved in soybean production.
Following week of trade discussions, 4 takeaways for LDCs
As 2020 continues its turmoil, the global trade community is continuing to try and adapt, along with everyone else. With the cancellation of the WTO's annual Public Forum, Geneva Trade Week came to fill in the gap.
Preparing for the Next Chapter in Trade and Sustainable Development
Sustainable development policy has come a long way in 25 years, but we should not become complacent.
Investment Treaty News (ITN), Volume 11, Issue 3, October 2020
Investment Treaty News (ITN) is IISD's flagship journal on investment law and policy.
The Evolving War on Illegal Wildlife Trade
Wildlife trafficking is causing unprecedented declines in some species and can potentially spread zoonoses, such as the one that causes COVID-19.
Making the Trading System Work for the SDGs: Reflections from Amina C. Mohamed
We reached out to the remaining WTO Director-General candidates to ask them a series of questions on how they viewed the WTO’s role in supporting the achievement of Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals. We invite you to view our first response below, from Ambassador Mohamed, and look forward to your feedback.
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