CBD Reaches Agreement on Access and Benefit Sharing, But Some Question Its Effectiveness

Volume
14,
Number
38
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3 November 2010
3 November 2010
In the wee hours of Saturday morning in Nagoya, Japan, a UN biodiversity summit was gavelled to a close. Thousands of participants rose to their feet in applause, despite some misgivings about the agreement that had just been reached. After twelve days of up and down discussions, the tenth...
3 November 2010
A rarely-used system intended to help poor countries import generic versions of patent-protected drugs was at the centre of discussions at the WTO last week, as members debated whether the system needed modification to make it more usable. In the seven years since its creation, the mechanism has...
3 November 2010
The biggest gains from an agreement in the Doha Round of global trade talks may have less to do with securing new trade-opening than with locking in the considerable reforms governments have already made, trade experts said in Geneva on Tuesday. But it will be a challenge for WTO members to reach...
3 November 2010
The United Kingdom and Germany are creating an "experts group" charged with looking at ways to promote trade liberalisation and revive the WTO's struggling Doha Round of trade talks. The group is to be headed by Peter Sutherland, who headed the GATT through the end of the earlier Uruguay Round...
3 November 2010
A group of WTO ambassadors have reached a tentative agreement on the shape of a ‘monitoring mechanism' that would review the functioning of the multilateral trading system's provisions for ‘special and differential treatment' (S&DT) for developing countries, and possibly suggest improvements to...
3 November 2010
A nearly concluded multi-country agreement on counterfeiting came under fire at the WTO last week, as some members accused the deal, negotiated among a group of mostly industrialised country governments, of undermining multilateral cooperation and global rules on intellectual property. The...
3 November 2010
Coming up this week 3 November, London, England. GLOBAL FINANCIAL FORUM: THE NEW GLOBAL ECONOMIC ORDER. During this conference hosted by the Chatham House, leading figures from governments, regulatory bodies, financial institutions and international organizations will assess the impact of steps...
3 November 2010
CHANGING RULES OF ORIGIN TO IMPROVE MARKET ACCESS FOR LEAST DEVELOPED COUNTRIES. By Kimberly Ann Elliott (Center for Global Development, 1 October, 2010). Developed countries are committed by the Millennium Development Goals, and under the World Trade Organization (WTO) communiqué issued at the...