Pessimism Reigns as WTO Hits Easter Deadline

Volume
15,
Number
14
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20 April 2011
20 April 2011
The WTO is, once again, facing a deadline for agreement in the long-struggling Doha Round. Delegates have been in negotiations since the beginning of the year with a view to reach key milestones by Easter in order to conclude the Round by the end of 2011. WTO Director-General Pascal Lamy has asked...
20 April 2011
Heads of state from Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa - the so-called BRICS countries - concluded their third summit meeting in as many years on China's southern resort island of Hainan on 14 April, calling for a reshuffling of the global and financial political order. Trade naturally...
20 April 2011
The European Parliament's environment committee has voted to include "general environmental policy objectives" onto a list of grounds for legal justification for member states to independently outlaw the cultivation of genetically modified (GM) crops. The 12 April vote amended a European Commission...
20 April 2011
The EU, Colombia, and Peru have inked their much-anticipated free trade agreement, which analysts estimate will slash up to half a billion Euros in duties. EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht praised the treaty as a "milestone" in the trade relationship between Europe and the Andean region. "It...
20 April 2011
The two leading international financial institutions are calling for urgent action to restrain rising food prices as widespread hunger and economic turmoil grip several North African, sub-Saharan African, and Middle Eastern countries. Following the 16 April joint World Bank-IMF development...
20 April 2011
World Trade Organization members met Monday and Tuesday to discuss a draft text that would create a global register for geographical indications (GIs) of wines and spirits. Members are under pressure to conclude the Doha round negotiations this year, with hopes that texts will be published in all...
20 April 2011
Coming up this week 21 April, Geneva. 22ND SESSION OF THE STEERING COMMITTEE OF THE UNITED NATIONS ECONOMIC COMMISSION FOR EUROPE (UNECE) ENERGY EFFICIENCY 21 PROJECT. This meeting will discuss financing energy efficiency and renewable energy investments for climate change mitigation. It will also...
20 April 2011
THE CLIMATE TECHNOLOGY MECHANISM: ISSUES AND CHALLENGES. Published by the International Centre for Trade and Development, March 2011. The agreement to establish a Technology Mechanism is one of the concrete outcomes of the Cancun climate change conference (2010) that requires a closer look. The...