Trade and Climate Change on the Road to Copenhagen 2009

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2,
Number
3
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22 October 2008
22 October 2008
There is now wide recognition among policy-makers and the public at large that the international community must reach a global agreement on climate change that will help stabilise global greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that would prevent further dangerous anthropogenic...
22 October 2008
Fisheries are an important source of employment, export revenue and food security in many African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries – and the EU is their main trading partner in this sector. Negotiations of Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs), which will replace unilateral trade preferences...
22 October 2008
Blockades, strikes, demonstrations, and closed ports characterized much of the summer throughout Europe as fishermen across the continent protested the negative impacts that high diesel fuel prices have had on their already struggling industry. Rising oil prices have pushed the cost of marine...
22 October 2008
Global fish stocks are in distress: one-quarter of the world’s stocks are overexploited, depleted, or recovering from depletion, one-half are fully exploited and at or close to their sustainable limits, and 69 percent of the world’s major fish species are in decline. If fisheries continue on this...
22 October 2008
Intellectual property rules were originally established to balance private and public interest with regard to inventions. When it comes to the area of agbiotech, this balance can be influenced by certain regulatory or biological processes. While firms appeal for new approaches to extend/restore...
22 October 2008
Economics is abstract but not unfathomable. The truth of that statement can be seen in the attempt to elaborate a multilateral regime for ‘access and benefit sharing’ – ABS for short – at the ninth conference of the parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity held in May. ‘Access’ refers to a...
22 October 2008
Over the past decade, the misappropriation of genetic resources and traditional knowledge has emerged as an issue of global concern. Yet gaining international recognition for the need to effectively address such misappropriation and adequately protect traditional knowledge remains a major challenge...
22 October 2008
Climate change and the drive to produce biofuels are two major factors redefining the world food equation and having an enormous impact on the food security of poor people. Attributed directly or indirectly to human activity, climate change puts additional pressure on already overexploited natural...
22 October 2008
Least-developed countries (LDCs) and small and vulnerable economies (SVEs), including Small Island Developing States (SIDS), face particularly difficult climate change and trade challenges. Their economies are often underdeveloped and reliant on a few key sectors and commodities, heightening their...