Environment, trade and governance for sustainable development

Policy briefs containing succinct critique of issues and sound advice to the government and civil society on a range of issues pertaining to sustainable development have been a key feature of SDPI‘s contribution to policy debate and development. The issues addressed include, but are not limited to the issues of trade, environment and social and economic development. The papers selected for the present compilation fall in three categories: environment, trade and issues addressing diverse topics. The environment segment comprises briefs on domestic developments such as the implementation of national environmental quality standards (NEQS), establishment of sustainable development boards, the first of their kind in South Asia, the outcome of the 1998 session of the Commission on Sustainable Development also known as Rio+5… conference and the implementation of UN Commission on Biological Diversity (UNCBD) signed and ratified by Pakistan in 1992 and 1994 respectively. The trade section includes exceptionally candid analysis of the global trade discourse from GATT to the WTO series of negotiations and provides practical advice to the government delegations at the marathon and acrimonious negotiations for protecting Pakistan‘s vital interests. The section captioned miscellaneous is strikingly rich and speaks to issues such as health care financing, household water treatment and budget transparency.