Divergent Paths Plague Bonn Climate Talks

Volume
15,
Number
22
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15 June 2011
15 June 2011
A clear divergence among countries on the future direction of climate negotiations is holding up progress at the ongoing talks in Bonn, Germany. The first four days saw discussions nearly at a standstill, with parties fighting over the agenda contents for two of the main negotiation groups - the...
15 June 2011
This year's annual forum on the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) saw United States and African ministers and officials express an overall satisfaction with the current state of the US-Africa trade relationship under the bill. Officials on both sides are pushing for the US Congress to renew...
15 June 2011
A debate pitting public health considerations against private intellectual property rights took centre stage at last week's meeting of the WTO's Council on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS). At the 7-8 June meeting, members voiced diametrically opposed views on Australia...
15 June 2011
Moscow's well-publicised ban of EU fresh vegetables ended almost as quickly as it began, with Russia promising on Friday to lift the ban pending safety certifications. The import ban, which was the result of health concerns after an E. coli outbreak was deemed responsible for 37 deaths in Europe,...
15 June 2011
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), along with other international organisations working on food policy, is proposing to the G-20 group of leading economies a system of physical and virtual reserves to tackle extreme cases of hunger. The idea is expected by several experts to be a...
15 June 2011
African leaders met this weekend to renew their push for a free trade zone that would stretch from Egypt to South Africa. The zone would connect 590 million consumers in the 26 member countries of three existing trade blocs: the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), the East...
15 June 2011
After going several years without releasing updates, the Indian government recently notified the WTO of increases in its farm subsidies. Agricultural support grew from US$9 billion to nearly US$15 billion between marketing year 1998-99 and 2003-04, according to the report from 9 June. The subsidies...
15 June 2011
16 June 2011, Washington US. TRADE FACILITATION CONFERENCE. This conference, hosted by the World Bank, aims to disseminate information regarding ongoing activities, publications, and products developed by the International Trade Department (PRMTR) that focus on improving trade competitiveness in...
15 June 2011
OECD-FAO AGRICULTURAL OUTLOOK 2011-2020. By the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) (17 June 2011). This report, prepared jointly by the OECD and the FAO, projects 2011-2020 world market trends for biofuels,...