Major deals between developed and developing economies are not commonplace: On September 25, the 193 members of the United Nations announced a new global action plan for achieving Sustainable Development Goals including no poverty in any form by 2030. A week later, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, concluded negotiations that form the largest regional trade agreement in history, one representing nearly 40 percent of global GDP. It is pertinent to ask, to what extent will the TPP bolster or undercut the sustainability goals? The answer – it’s a mixed bag.
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