Road to Ministerial Appears Murky as WTO Members Explore Options

Volume
15,
Number
36
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26 October 2011
26 October 2011
The past week has seen a flurry of activity at the WTO in preparation for the upcoming December ministerial. With the event less than eight weeks away, delegations are pushing to finalise items for inclusion on the ministerial agenda before next week's 2 November deadline. Meanwhile, members are...
26 October 2011
Participants in recent regional meetings paving the way for the Rio+20 Conference next June have struggled to find agreement on the concept of a ‘green economy.' While some see a redefinition of the economy in green terms as a path towards sustainable development, others fear the concept is...
26 October 2011
This past week has seen the US and China continue to spar over trade policies, drawing the attention of international trade law observers. While bringing a new "zeroing" dispute on anti-dumping duties on shrimp and diamond sawblades in its own right, Beijing was also recently asked by Washington to...
26 October 2011
Russia and the EU announced on Friday 21 October that they had reached an agreement regarding Russia's accession to the WTO. While disagreements continue between Russia and neighbour Georgia, the EU agreement puts Moscow one step closer toward becoming the global trade body's next member. This...
26 October 2011
A fast approaching deadline has kicked negotiations for the US 2012 omnibus farm legislation into overdrive. The domestic US budget debate has pressed lawmakers into an unusually sharp timeline to reach a compromise between various agricultural interest groups. Some observers have speculated that a...
26 October 2011
While the WTO has been quiet as of late on the contentious rare earths front, trade in the precious materials has been shaken quite a bit over the past months. The global rare earths market has recently experienced massive upheaval, with prices falling sharply in June 2011. In response, China's...
26 October 2011
The European Commission's latest proposed reforms of its Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) sparked a strong response from EU member states at a meeting last week in Luxembourg, with many questioning the actual benefits of the measures outlined in the plan. The proposed reforms for post-2013...
26 October 2011
The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) launched a new consortium today, 26 October, aiming to accelerate the discovery and product development of medicines, vaccines, and diagnostics, with the goal of developing new solutions for those suffering from neglected tropical diseases (NTDs...
26 October 2011
Coming soon 27-28 October, Beirut, Lebanon. ARAB FORUM FOR ENVIRONMENT AND DEVELOPMENT (AFED) ANNUAL CONFERENCE. This annual conference will debate an AFED report on the development of green economy in Arab countries. Topics for discussion include competing in a low-carbon global economy; necessary...
26 October 2011
THE DOHA DILEMMA: IMPLICATIONS FOR KOREA AND THE MULTILATERAL TRADING SYSTEM. By Jeffrey Schott for the Peterson Institute for International Economics (September 2011). 2011 marks the ten year anniversary of the Doha Development Agenda and the negotiations' ongoing struggles have led many to...