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5 December 2016
On 15 October, after seven years of negotiations, 197 countries reached a historic agreement in Kigali, Rwanda, to amend the Montreal Protocol and phase-down hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) . HFCs are refrigerant gases used for commercial, residential and automotive purposes, and are hundreds to...
1 December 2016
The next stage in the approval process for the EU-Canada trade pact is now getting underway, officials say, with parliamentary committees in Europe preparing to vote on the accord in the coming weeks. On the other side of the Atlantic, the deal has already been tabled in the Canadian parliament for...
1 December 2016
The European Commission released a suite of climate and energy-focused proposals on Wednesday 30 November, targeting these towards supporting a swifter move to a cleaner-energy economy. The highly anticipated legislative package – dubbed “Clean Energy for All Europeans” – consists of proposals...
22 November 2016
Although international value chains, whether regional or global, are not a new phenomenon, their importance in the global economy has increased tremendously over the last two decades. These geographically fragmented and increasingly complex production networks, often coordinated by dominant...
22 November 2016
What are the key knowledge gaps which need to be filled if developing economies are to successfully leverage global value chains (GVCs) to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)? An increasing number of people in an increasing number of economies are producing for global export markets. But...
22 November 2016
Sustainable Development Goal 9 calls for a commitment to “build resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrialization and foster innovation.” Are regional value chains a relevant industrialisation pathway to achieve this goal in West Africa? Integration into global value chains (GVCs) is...
5 December 2016
Les institutions européennes se sont mises d'accord sur une nouvelle législation visant à s’assurer que les minerais et métaux qui entrent dans le bloc de 28 pays aient une origine transparente et responsable et ne contribuent pas à financer des violations des droits de l’homme ou des conflits dans...
5 December 2016
11月30日星期三,欧盟委员会发布了一整套气候和能源方案,目标是支持向更清洁能源经济的更快速转型。 这份备受期待的法律方案被称为“为所有欧洲人的清洁能源”,它由众多议题组组成,涵盖从能源效率到提高可再生能源的规则框架。其他的方面包括欧盟能源同盟的治理和欧盟电力市场的规则。 公布这份方案的欧盟委员会官员们称赞该方案对于提高28个成员国内消费者的选择所具有的价值,以及方案对于激励对低碳技术的更大投资和支持欧盟实现联合国巴黎气候变化协定中所做承诺的潜力。巴黎协定现已经生效。(《桥》周报, 2016年11月20日 ) 欧盟已经设定了一个整体目标,即到2030年,在1990年的基础之上大幅削减排放40...
3 December 2016
Эти центральноазиатские страны продолжают изучать возможные плюсы и минусы евразийской интеграции, однако в ближайшее время вряд ли присоединятся к ЕАЭС. У них нет уверенности в получении значительных торговых выгод от членства в ЕАЭС, но есть опасения о возможных негативных последствиях...
2 December 2016
While there is no international obligation to do so, there is a global trend to specialise or centralise the handling of certain types of intellectual property (IP) disputes. The...
2 December 2016
На последней неделе ноября сразу три члена ВТО ратифицировали Соглашение по упрощению процедур торговли – Кыргызстан, Доминика и Монголия. Всего же по состоянию на начало декабря 2016 г. это многостороннее соглашение ратифицировали 100 стран. Как только еще 10 членов ВТО выполнят внутренние...
1 December 2016
Em viagem à Europa, o ministro da Indústria, Comércio Exterior e Serviços, Marcos Pereira, encontrou-se com o diretor-geral da Organização Mundial do Comércio (OMC), Roberto Azevêdo, e com o presidente do Fórum Econômico Mundial (WEF, sigla em inglês), Klaus Schwab, para debater a posição...
29 November 2016
Même si les chaînes de valeur internationales, qu’elles soient régionales ou globales, ne sont pas un phénomène nouveau, leur importance dans l’économie mondiale s’est accrue de façon spectaculaire au cours des deux dernières décennies. Ces réseaux de production fragmentés et de plus en plus...

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