Lamy Reports ‘New Dynamic’ in Doha Talks

Volume
14,
Number
28
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28 July 2010
28 July 2010
A "new dynamic" has emerged in the Doha Round negotiations, the head of the WTO told trade delegates on Tuesday, delivering a rare piece of good news for the beleaguered nine-year-old talks. "After some months of impasse in the negotiations, my own sense is that we are beginning to see signs of a...
28 July 2010
Efforts by the Democratic Party to pass limits on greenhouse-gas emissions in the US Senate have come to a screeching halt. On 22 July, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced that the Democratic Party's leadership would not seek to include a cap-and-trade scheme in the energy legislation...
28 July 2010
A deep fault line has emerged among members of the US Democratic Party over a pending free trade deal with South Korea. US President Barack Obama has said that he wants the pact, widely known as the KORUS FTA, to be finalised before November's Group of 20 Summit in Seoul. For that to happen,...
28 July 2010
Discussions at an expert meeting last week at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) saw an influx of new energy toward establishing an international instrument to protect expressions of folklore and traditional cultural expressions (TCEs). After years of discussions that never went...
28 July 2010
Governments must recognise the special challenges of trade in natural resources and work together to ensure the sustainability of their use, according to the WTO's 2010 World Trade Report, which was launched on Friday. Natural resources made up 24 percent of world merchandise trade in 2008, WTO...
28 July 2010
Starkly opposing views of the future of European farming were evident at a major conference organised by the European Commission in Brussels on 19 and 20 July. While farm groups argued for the continuation of strong support under the bloc’s costly and controversial Common Agricultural Policy (CAP...
28 July 2010
Transnational corporations can be critical players in combating climate change, the UN Conference on Trade and Development said last week in a report that focused on how governments and other actors can use investment tools to transition to a low-carbon economy. "The global policy debate on...
28 July 2010
Eight former Soviet states are making steady progress toward signing a free trade pact that would eliminate nearly all import duties and freeze export tariffs at current levels, Maxim Medvedkov, Russia's Deputy Minister for Economic Development and Trade, told journalists on 16 July. The agreement...
28 July 2010
29 July, Washington, US. AFRICAN GROWTH AND OPPORTUNITY ACT (AGOA) CIVIL SOCIETY FORUM AGENDA. This event is being hosted by the International Food & Agricultural Trade Policy Council. US Senator Benjamin Cardin will be the keynote speaker; his speech will be followed by a forum discussing the...
28 July 2010
POLICY SPACE TO PREVENT AND MITIGATE FINANCIAL CRISES IN TRADE AND INVESTMENT TREATIES. By Kevin P. Gallagher, UN Conference on Trade and Development and the Intergovernmental Group of 24, May 2010. This report analyses whether, and to what extent, measures to resolve the global financial crisis...