Consensus Proves Difficult as Rio+20 Conference Approaches

Volume
16,
Number
18
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9 May 2012
9 May 2012
The Rio+20 negotiation process has entered the final stages, with less than six weeks remaining before the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) kicks off. Delegates held a two-week negotiating session from 23 April - 4 May in New York with the aim of finalising the outcome document for...
9 May 2012
Governments should curb farm subsidies and discipline import and export restrictions in order to boost farm productivity, according to a confidential report by international agencies for the leaders of the G-20 group of major economies. The draft has been prepared jointly by twelve organisations...
9 May 2012
German pharmaceutical company Bayer AG has formally lodged a challenge against a landmark Indian ruling that allowed a domestic generic drug-maker to produce a low-cost version of an anti-cancer drug for the Indian market. The appeal was filed on Friday 4 May with India's Intellectual Property...
9 May 2012
The 27-member EU bloc is ready to take action against Argentina, European Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht said on Monday 7 May, in response to Buenos Aires' controversial expropriation of Spanish-owned oil company Repsol YPF. The announcement comes just days after the Argentine decision was...
9 May 2012
The US has released its annual report listing countries that allegedly deny "adequate and effective" protection of intellectual property, placing over a dozen of its trading partners - including Canada, China, India, and Russia - on its "priority watch list." While industry groups applauded the...
9 May 2012
India's recent blockade of cotton exports formally ended last week, according to an announcement by India's trade minister. "We have lifted the suspension of fresh registrations for exports," Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma said on 30 April. Following the news, new export permits...
9 May 2012
A proposal for a binding agreement for research and development (R&D) to address diseases that disproportionately affect developing countries needs strong backing from the international health community, Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz said at a seminar held in Geneva, Switzerland last week. The...
9 May 2012
Brussels and Washington have signed an agreement to recognise each other's authorised traders, a top EU official announced on Friday 4 May. The move is aimed at facilitating customs procedures between the two sides, with the goal of increasing bilateral trade and creating jobs. "Today's agreement...
9 May 2012
King & Spalding seeks a junior to mid-level associate for its International Trade practice group in Geneva, Switzerland. Qualified candidates will have experience in WTO litigation and market access issues. Applicants should have at least two years of relevant practice experience, excellent...
9 May 2012
Coming soon 10 May, Geneva, Switzerland. RIO+20: CHALLENGES, OPPORTUNITIES, RESPONSES. This event, held at the University of Geneva, will focus on the upcoming UN Conference on Sustainable Development, also known as Rio+20. The event is part a new trans-disciplinary programme organised by the...
9 May 2012
POSSIBLE EFFECTS OF RUSSIA'S WTO ACCESSION ON AGRICULTURAL TRADE AND PRODUCTION. By Sergey Kiselev and Roman Romashkin for ICTSD (May 2012). This study examines how Russia's WTO accession could affect agricultural trade and production. It finds that developing countries could gain from the...