TRIPS Council: Members Debate Biodiversity, Access to Medicine

Volume
15,
Number
8
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9 March 2011
9 March 2011
WTO members last week debated how current global intellectual property rules affect biodiversity protection and access to medicine, but made little progress on either issue, both of which are priorities for developing countries. The Council for Trade-related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights...
9 March 2011
WTO members need to step up their efforts to reach an agreement in the Doha Round of trade talks by the end of the year or else risk missing a key ‘window of opportunity', senior trade diplomats said Tuesday. But their comments during an informal session of the Trade Negotiations Committee...
9 March 2011
As governments prepare for an important United Nations summit on promoting development in the world's poorest countries, preliminary negotiations on the agreement to be adopted there have been marked by differences on issues as fundamental as the meeting's objectives and its general outcome, as...
9 March 2011
A UN measure of international food prices this week climbed to its highest level since the index's creation in 1990, surpassing peaks reached during a commodity price spike in 2008. The increase in the index -- for the eighth consecutive month -- concealed considerable variation among different...
9 March 2011
India last week signalled its intention to help nurture a more sustainable transportation sector by announcing customs-duty exemptions and concessions for electric and hybrid cars in its annual budget. These, along with cuts in duties for solar module manufacturers, are among a slew of duty...
9 March 2011
Washington has agreed to lift a longstanding ban on allowing Mexican trucks to operate on US soil, a move that would end a dispute that has hampered trade relations between the two countries for years. The deal, announced last Thursday after a meeting between Presidents Barack Obama of the US and...
9 March 2011
Bilateral contact between major trading powers is likely to dominate farm trade talks until the end of next week, delegates said on Wednesday, as the chair of the WTO's agriculture negotiations kicked off ten days of consultations in Geneva. Discussions among a small group of trading powers have...
9 March 2011
Georgia is set to return to the negotiating table with Russia over Moscow's efforts to join the WTO. The talks will be held in the Swiss capital, Bern on 9-10 March. Georgian Deputy Foreign Minister Nikoloz Vashakidze told reporters on Monday that the Russians requested the meeting. "Russia...
9 March 2011
Coming soon 10 March, London. AN EMERGING MOROCCO IN A CHANGING REGIONAL ENVIRONMENT. At this event, hosted by Chatham House, Moroccan Foreign Affairs Minister Taïb Fassi Fihri will discuss Morocco's outlook amidst the current upheaval in the Middle East and North Africa region and possible...
9 March 2011
REGAINING CONTROL? CAPITAL CONTROLS AND THE GLOBAL FINANCIAL CRISIS. By Kevin P. Gallagher. Global Development and Environment Institute, Tufts University, February 2011. The global financial crisis has triggered a transformation in thinking and practice regarding the role of government in managing...