Landmark Biodiversity, TK Provisions Accompany EFTA-Colombia FTA

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12 October 2009
12 October 2009
Since the implementation of the WTO's Agreement on Trade related Aspects of Intellectual Property (TRIPS) in 1996, several international fora have been working to agree upon the appropriate nature of the relationship between intellectual property provisions and the Convention on Biological...
12 October 2009
When EU foreign ministers voted in July to ban imports of seal products into the European market, they set ablaze a trade and environment dispute that has been slowly gathering fuel for years. Emotions run high on both sides of the debate. Animal rights groups - which have campaigned for the ban...
12 October 2009
Under the WTO Doha Round of trade talks, there has been increasing pressure, particularly from developing countries, to find mechanisms which will help prevent biopiracy and misappropriations - focused particularly on the patenting of foreign biological resources and traditional knowledge. In July...
12 October 2009
Biodiversity is depleting at a faster rate now more than ever before. And with the world's population dependent on biological resources for food, health, and economic welfare, reversing this worrisome trend is a global challenge. Yet discussions at the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) - the...
12 October 2009
Any policy that limits supply of fossil fuels must raise their price. The economic logic binding price to scarcity holds true, regardless of the cause of scarcity. When OPEC wants to increase the price of oil, it cuts production. If, as part of the international climate agreement that emerges from...
12 October 2009
With 70 per cent of its electricity sourced from coal-fired power plants, China has now recognised its urgent need to diversify its current energy portfolio with renewable alternatives. In the past five years, China has doubled its wind power capacity annually, creating substantial business...
12 October 2009
Despite the recent re-approval of Monsanto's genetically modified (GM) maize by the EU's food safety agency, broad civil society support for national state bans is making it difficult for the EU to create a uniform policy on GM cultivation across its bloc of 27 countries. The European Food Safety...
12 October 2009
With climate change, influenza, biodiversity and food security dominating world headlines, Swiss intellectual property (IP) authorities are looking more closely at the relationship between IP protection and sustainable development. To that end, earlier this year the Swiss Federal Institute of...
12 October 2009
For a more comprehensive list of events for the trade and environment community visit the BioRes online calendar, http://ictsd.net/news/biores/events/ . 28-30 September, Geneva, Switzerland. WTO PUBLIC FORUM 2009. 28 September-2 October, Agadir, Morocco. JOINT FAO/WHO FOOD STANDARDS PROGRAMME CODEX...
12 October 2009
ICTSD Resources BIOFUELS SUBSIDIES AND THE LAW OF THE WTO. ICTSD Programme on Agricultural Trade and Sustainable Development Issue Paper No.20 (June 2009), http://www.ictsd.org/themes/agriculture/biofuels-subsidies-and-the-law-of-the-world-trade-organization INNOVATION AND TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER TO...