UN LDC Summit Kicks Off in Istanbul

Volume
15,
Number
17
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11 May 2011
11 May 2011
A UN conference aimed at helping the world's poorest countries chart a course towards sustainable development is underway in Istanbul, amidst dissatisfaction both with the results of past conferences and prospects for anything better from the current one. The Fourth UN Conference on Least Developed...
11 May 2011
A leaked report by top international food security experts urges the Group of 20 leading economies to tackle food price volatility by reforming biofuel policies, curbing the use of agricultural export restrictions, and rebuilding emergency food reserves. Senior agriculture ministry officials from G...
11 May 2011
Talks on integrating development considerations into every aspect of World Intellectual Property Organisation's work came to an abrupt halt last week, as the negotiating committee's session was suspended when governments failed to agree on a South-South cooperation project. The mandate of the...
11 May 2011
Several farm commodities, particularly sugar, began a sharp downward price correction last week, surprising analysts. Wheat, corn and soy, also witnessed modest declines. Nevertheless, prices remain at levels that are high by historical standards. Swings in the prices of agricultural commodities...
11 May 2011
The EU and Indonesia last week finalised an agreement on monitoring bilateral trade in timber products in order to halt trade in illegal resources. Liberia followed suit on Monday, signing a similar deal with Brussels. Once ratified, the Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade Voluntary...
11 May 2011
The Obama administration announced last week that it is prepared for Congress to begin the process of review and approval of free trade agreements that the US has negotiated with Colombia, Panama, and South Korea. Technical discussions on the three are underway in key US Congressional committees, a...
11 May 2011
Coming soon 13 May, Washington DC. US TRADE RELATIONS WITH AFRICA AND OUTLOOK FOR THE AGOA FORUM. The event, hosted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies, will address issues and possible improvements to the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act as well as trade and capacity building,...
11 May 2011
NEW NEW TRADE POLICY. By Dan Ciuriak, Beverly Lapham, and Robert Wolfe with Terry Collins-Williams and John M. Curtis. April 2011. When national competitiveness is invoked as a policy objective, trade experts have learned to retort that countries don't trade, firms do. This focus on the importance...