APEC Leaders Clinch Environmental Goods List

Volume
16,
Number
30
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12 September 2012
12 September 2012
Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders' meeting in Vladivostok, Russia last week agreed on a list of over 50 environmental goods for liberalisation by 2015, following up on a commitment made in 2011. The summit of leaders and ministers, which wrapped up on Sunday, also saw the 21-country...
12 September 2012
UN officials are praising delegates for the "concrete progress" made at an irregular negotiating session on climate change, which wrapped up last week in Bangkok. Advancements on key issues were notably more positive than expected and some negotiators say the upcoming Doha climate talks are in a...
12 September 2012
With the national conventions for both major US political parties now in the rearview mirror, the country's presidential and congressional election season has kicked into high gear as candidates vie to win over voters before the polls open on 6 November. Meanwhile, as US lawmakers return from the...
12 September 2012
Tensions have continued brewing over the past four weeks between Argentina and its trading partners, taking the form of six new WTO cases filed during the Geneva-based organisation's summer break. While the US, Japan, and Mexico have joined the EU in formally complaining at the global trade arbiter...
12 September 2012
The European Commission last week ratcheted up tensions with Beijing by launching an investigation into allegations that Chinese solar panel exports were being sold below market value - a practice known in trade parlance as "dumping." The move comes in response to a 24 July complaint filed by the...
12 September 2012
The ongoing sparring between Argentina and the EU over trade reached new heights last month, with Buenos Aires filing a WTO complaint against Brussels regarding Spain's alleged discrimination against imports of biodiesel originating from the South American nation ( DS443 ). The move comes amid...
12 September 2012
The high-profile fight over Australia's plain packaging legislation for cigarettes hit a new milestone last month, with the country's highest court upholding the controversial policy. Back in Geneva, the row is expected to continue on the WTO front, as Ukraine - one of three countries challenging...
12 September 2012
Canberra has announced its decision to restructure its controversial fixed-price carbon pricing mechanism and fully link its carbon market with the European Union's emissions trading system (ETS). The 28 August announcement was hailed by EU climate commissioner Connie Hedegaard as the next step "...
12 September 2012
The IDEAS Centre in Geneva is looking to fill a position for an expert in WTO accession with expertise in services negotiations. The successful candidate would work with a team of international trade experts, delivering policy and negotiating advice to selected governments currently acceding to the...
12 September 2012
Coming soon 17 September, London, UK. CHINESE INVESTMENT IN EUROPE. This event, hosted by Chatham House and serving as part of the EU-funded Europe China Research and Advice Network (ECRAN) project, will discuss China's efforts to invest abroad as a means of deepening the globalisation of its...
12 September 2012
NET FOOD-IMPORTING DEVELOPING COUNTRIES: WHO THEY ARE, AND POLICY OPTIONS FOR GLOBAL PRICE VOLATILITY. By Alberto Valdés and William Foster for the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (August 2012). This issue paper focuses on high and volatile food prices and the challenges...