G-20 Agriculture Ministers Unveil Plan to Tackle High Food Prices

Volume
15,
Number
24
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29 June 2011
29 June 2011
In their first-ever summit, agriculture ministers from the Group of 20 (G-20) leading economies gathered to tackle high and volatile food prices. The Paris meeting, held on 22 and 23 June, ended with the release of an "Action Plan" that drew both praise and criticism. The plan will be evaluated at...
29 June 2011
The World Intellectual Property Organisation's (WIPO) copyright negotiating body agreed last week to move forward on an instrument that would facilitate access to copyrighted works by visually impaired persons and others with print or reading disabilities. A vast cross-regional coalition of members...
29 June 2011
Tobacco giant Philip Morris has notified the Australian government that it intends to request arbitration over Canberra's draft law regarding plain packaging requirements for cigarettes. Hong Kong-based Philip Morris Asia Limited (PMA), owner of Australian affiliate Philip Morris Limited, claims...
29 June 2011
The push is on for finalising negotiations for Russia's accession to the World Trade Organization by the end of this year. As an integral part of its "reset" strategy for relations with Russia, US President Barack Obama's administration is making a concerted diplomatic effort to help Russia...
29 June 2011
The Mexican Congress last week approved a resolution rejecting the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), a multi-country intellectual property trade agreement that has been in negotiations since 2006. The resolution, which specifically asks Mexican President Felipe Calderón not to sign the...
29 June 2011
Last week, agriculture ministers from the Group of 20 (G-20) leading economies called for a ban on those export restrictions that interfere with the ability of humanitarian relief agencies to provide food in times of crisis. Geneva-based representatives are now exploring how to accomplish the ban...
29 June 2011
Representatives from developed and developing countries, NGOs, and international organisations gathered last week to conduct a preparatory meeting in advance of next month's Third Global Review of Aid for Trade. While much of this 23 June workshop was devoted to the review of Aid for Trade case...
29 June 2011
30 June, Saint James, Trinidad and Tobago. EXPERT GROUP MEETING ON THE ECONOMIC IMPACTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE IN LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN. This forum will discuss the results of the "Understanding the Potential Economic Impacts of Climate Change in Latin America and the Caribbean" initiative,...
29 June 2011
JUGGERNAUT: HOW EMERGING MARKETS ARE RESHAPING GLOBALIZATION. By Uri Dadush and William Shaw for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (June 2011). This book explores the rise of developing countries. Dadush and Shaw project that the global economy will triple over the next forty years and...