Climate change and trade at Bali and beyond

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1 March 2008
1 March 2008
Like it or not, the climate change meeting in Bali, Indonesia in December 2007 propelled the trade and climate interface onto a higher level of political interest. For the first time, trade ministers were present at a UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of the Parties,...
1 March 2008
Access and benefit sharing (ABS) remains one of the most complex issues under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), and a priority for many developing countries. These countries are concerned over “bio piracy,” which refers to the misappropriation - generally by means of patents - of...
1 March 2008
A growing number of bilateral and regional free trade agreements (FTAs) incorporate provisions relevant to biodiversity. Meanwhile, there are ongoing negotiations on an international regime governing access to and the equitable sharing of benefits from genetic resources derived from biodiversity...
1 March 2008
Health and environment policies, even those including import bans, can be accepted under the WTO – unless they discriminate without a suitable reason. A precedent-setting recent ruling regarding Brazil’s import ban on used tyres may make it easier to defend the ‘necessity’ of measures, but harder...
1 March 2008
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced on 15 January that food products from cattle, swine, and goat clones are safe to eat. BioRes has spoken to Gretchen Hamel, Deputy Assistant for Public and Media Affairs, Office of the US Trade Representative, to get a sense of what the...
1 March 2008
After six years of research, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced in January that food products from cloned pigs, cows, goats and their offspring are as safe as food produced from traditionally-bred animals. As WTO Members around the world begin to assess and implement strategies...
1 March 2008
The scale of the global wildlife trade is extraordinary. Estimates suggest many billions of live animals and products are legally traded around the world each year, generating commodities totaling in the hundred-billions of dollars. The scope and scale of the wildlife trade can have broad impacts...
1 March 2008
A year ago, Europe agreed to make a 20 percent cut in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 as compared to 1990 levels – a percentage it would increase to 30 if other countries followed suit. A legislative draft released on 23 January spells out the implementation of the strategy, including through...
1 March 2008
The growing importance of environmental issues has generated a parallel interest in evaluating the opportunity for trade in environmental goods and services (EGS). Sustainable development strategies worldwide have contributed to the overall growth of the global environment industry, which is...