Obama Announces Executive Actions to Tackle Illegal Fishing

Volume
18,
Number
22
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19 June 2014
19 June 2014
US President Barack Obama announced on Tuesday that he would be taking executive action aimed at tackling the problem of illegal fishing, in the latest environmentally-focused move by his Administration. In a related measure, Obama also confirmed the establishment of the world’s largest marine...
19 June 2014
The latest round of UN climate talks saw countries move into negotiating mode on some of the substantive details that will need to be hammered out over the next 18 months in order to successfully deliver a global climate deal by end-2015. Meeting from 4-15 June in Bonn, Germany for their annual mid...
19 June 2014
EU environment ministers last Friday gave the green light to a legislative proposal that would allow member states to restrict or prohibit the cultivation of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in their territory, even if the crop was authorised at the EU level. Under the current rules, member...
19 June 2014
The EU filed a formal complaint (DS481) against Indonesia at the WTO last week, questioning the Southeast Asian country’s approach in its dispute with the US over a clove cigarettes import ban (DS406). The new case, filed on Friday, highlights long-running questions over the adjudication of...
19 June 2014
EU energy ministers agreed last week to a seven percent cap on crop-based biofuels for use in transport, an increase from the five percent originally recommended by the European Commission. The political agreement aims to address long-standing concerns over the impact of crop-based biofuels on the...
19 June 2014
The US has proposed lifting a long-standing moratorium on “ non-violation ” complaints involving the WTO’s intellectual property rights agreement, in what would mark a significant shift for the global trade body if agreed. The new proposal was one of several issues addressed during an 11 June...
19 June 2014
German Chancellor Angela Merkel declared her commitment to a successful EU-Mercosur trade deal in Brasilia this past Sunday, saying that Germany and Brazil – the two largest economies in Europe and Latin America, respectively – had much to gain from more trade and investment. “We have a lot of...
19 June 2014
Coming Soon 23 June, Geneva, Switzerland. TALKING DISPUTES NO.9: THE EC – SEAL PRODUCTS DISPUTES. This event is being organised by the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) and WTI Advisors, and will be hosted by the Graduate Institute’s Centre for Trade and Economic...
19 June 2014
ACHIEVING SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS (SDGs) THROUGH TRANSFORMATIVE GOVERNANCE PRACTICES AND VERTICAL ALIGNMENT AT THE NATIONAL AND SUBNATIONAL LEVELS IN AFRICA. Published by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (June 2014). This paper is a synopsis of discussions held at the...