The APEC game changer

Volume
6,
Number
4
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22 November 2012
22 November 2012
For those of us tracking trade and environment issues, the news that Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) countries were close to striking a deal on environmental goods was no surprise. Still, the final approval of 54 goods for trade liberalisation in September was hailed as a major...
22 November 2012
On 9 September 2012, the leaders of the 21 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) economies meeting in Vladivostok, Russia agreed to voluntarily liberalise tariffs on 54 environmental goods. Vladivostok Declaration signatories welcomed and endorsed the APEC list and committed to reduce applied...
22 November 2012
Establishing a long-term approach to resource sustainability that is widely acceptable to a diverse group of actors will be a monumental task. One of the most difficult challenges is that resource sustainability debates tend to be compartmentalised according to sectors, often take place in a range...
22 November 2012
One of the highly contested and controversial areas of the international climate change negotiations involves the economic and social consequences of response measures. In broad terms, "response measures" refers to the range of actions that developed country parties to the United Nations Framework...
22 November 2012
China is currently in the midst of yet another historic revolution - a visionary, all-pervasive, "green" revolution. Over the past decade, China has moved rapidly to institute an ambitious, comprehensive, nationwide sustainable development strategy that is not only transforming the Chinese...
22 November 2012
The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) body charged with climate change technology policy decided to include intellectual property rights (IPRs) in its key messages to the Conference of the Parties (COP 18), at its meeting in September. This is the first formal mention of the...
22 November 2012
Export restrictions are not new to the global trade picture and policy toolbox. Yet, their notable rise over the past decade has pushed forward the need to enhance the current understanding of the use of export restrictions on natural resources. This article presents two Southeast Asian case...
22 November 2012
As the breadbaskets of the United States and India faced widespread and severe drought last summer, rising food prices pushed water scarcity concerns into global discussions. The low cost and accessibility of fresh water in many developed countries has shrouded the reality that water scarcity...
22 November 2012
According to a recently published study by consultancy Oxford Policy Management, the number of commodities-dependent countries with low and middle incomes has risen by more than 30 percent between 1996 and 2010 - up from 46 to 61 countries - leaving them vulnerable to the "resource curse." Half of...
22 November 2012
It is noted from many quarters that there are still various market obstacles for clean energy and that public support, often in the form of subsidisation, is needed. It is also agreed that support should be properly designed and, in particular, should be as targeted as possible - with preference...
22 November 2012
Be sure to visit ictsd.org/news/biores regularly for breaking trade and environment news APEC Environmental Goods List Spurs WTO Debate The possible question of fast-tracking tariff cuts for environmental goods and services (EGS) continued to divide WTO members at a 13 November meeting of the...
22 November 2012
International Technology Diffusion in a Sustainable Energy Trade Agreement (SETA) - ICTSD - September 2012 This research paper sets out to clarify the issues and options for a possible Sustainable Energy Trade Agreement (SETA) through several levels of analysis, ranging from products to industries...