Working papers

CDE Working Papers present reflections on sustainable development issues of concern to researchers, development experts, and policymakers around the world.

Curbing Illicit Financial Flows in Commodity Trading: Tax Transparency

The 2030 Agenda calls for combating illicit financial flows in commodity trading. The aim is to enable resource-rich countries to secure their corresponding tax revenues. As a major commodity-trading hub, Switzerland has recently taken steps to expand its exchange of relevant data. This study examines whether these steps help to counteract mispricing of commodities.

CDE Working Paper 4.pdf (PDF, 1.4 MB)

CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES IN ASSESSING SUSTAINABLE MOUNTAIN DEVELOPMENT

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the associated Sustainable Development Goals offer a useful framework for assessing sustainable development in mountain regions and devising strategies for its promotion. In this Working Paper, scientists of CDE and the Mountain Research Initiative discuss gaps in data on sustainable development in mountains and propose possible ways of addressing them.

CDE Working Paper 3.pdf (PDF, 4.0 MB)

ECO-DRIVE: REDUCING ROAD NOISE BY PROMOTING A QUIET DRIVING STYLE

Road noise is the most harmful source of traffic noise pollution in terms of the number of people affected. Achieving change in polluters’ behaviour offers a promising complement to existing noise abatement measures. This study examined how promotion of a quiet driving style can help to reduce road traffic noise. (In German)

CDE Working Paper 2.pdf (PDF, 2.5 MB) Annex CDE Working Paper 2.pdf (PDF, 1.4 MB)

EU TRADE AGREEMENTS AND THEIR IMPACTS ON HUMAN RIGHTS

EU trade policy can have a strong influence on the human rights situation in partner countries, particularly in developing countries. Sustainability impact assessments of trade agreements are instrumental in avoiding adverse effects. This Working Paper analyses EU trade sustainability impact assessments and shows how consistent integration of a human rights approach could make them more effective.

CDE Working Paper 1.pdf (PDF, 316KB)