Towards a More Effective Ozone Treaty? Meeting of the Parties Will Seek to Curb Illegal Trade

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2 September 1997
2 September 1997
Curbing illegal trade in ozone-depleting substances, improving the Protocol's non-compliance procedure and tightening the phase-out schedule for methyl bromide are among the issues that will spark debate at the Ninth Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol starting on 15 September. T...
2 September 1997
In early June, environment ministers from eighteen countries around the Pacific met in Toronto to sign Asia-Pacific's first ‘regional action programme' for the environment. The action will focus on three key areas: encouraging the transfer and adoption of clean technology; conserving the marine...
2 September 1997
Frequently, discussions on the TRIPs Agreement as it relates to biological diversity and the interests of indigenous peoples and local communities focus on patents, in particular the highly emotive issue of patenting life and the availability of the so-called ‘ sui generis ' option for plant...
2 September 1997
LDC Trade Development: NGO Symposium and High-Level Meeting Update Thirty-five non-governmental organisations, most from least- developed countries, have been invited to a joint WTO/UNCTAD NGO Symposium on Trade-Related Issues Affecting Least- Developed Countries (government representatives are not...
1 September 1997
The preparatory activities for the High-Level Meeting on Integrated Initiatives on Least Developed Countries' Trade Development are increasingly gathering momentum at both national and international levels. The WTO, in collaboration with UNCTAD and the International Trade Centre, is hosting the...
1 September 1997
Compared to the general framework rules of most multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs), the WTO Agreement encompas- ses more specific, and better enforceable, contractual rights and obligations. The mandatory WTO dispute settlement system grants each member country - in addition to the...
1 September 1997
Negotiators made little headway at the seventh meeting of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Berlin Mandate (AGBM), held in Bonn from 28 July to 7 August. The ‘Berlin Mandate’ refers to a 1995 decision of the Conference of the Parties to the Climate Change Convention to come up with appropriate...
1 September 1997
The United States’ import ban on shrimp and shrimp products is based on Section 609 of its Endangered Species Act, which states that all shrimp imported into the US must be caught with methods that protect marine turtles from incidental drowning in shrimp trawling nets.1 Particularly, the law...