At a time of intense public and policy debate regarding the real or potential downsides and benefits of globalisation, the future of the global trade and investment architecture is not an abstract question – it entails real implications for the livelihoods of people around the world, not least the most vulnerable. In 2015, UN member states endorsed the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and related targets designed to stimulate policy action towards ridding the world of poverty and ensuring environmental sustainability. The 2030 Agenda and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda on financing for development explicitly recognise the role of trade in advancing the SDGs, while the investment gap to achieve these goals in developing countries is estimated at about US$2.5 trillion.

It is against this background, and in the context of an uncertain international trade policy environment, that the TSDS stream on the Future of the Global Trade and Investment System will discuss core issues at the heart of 21st century global economic governance.

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