WTO Govt Procurement Talks Continue; New Draft Decisions Tabled for Ministerial

Volume
15,
Number
40
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23 November 2011
23 November 2011
With the WTO Ministerial Conference less than four weeks away, delegations are making a concerted push to finalise a plurilateral agreement that would liberalise access to billions of dollars worth of public procurement contracts for 42 countries. Meanwhile, three draft decisions - two on...
23 November 2011
The US' country-of-origin labelling (COOL) requirements for livestock and meat exports have been deemed WTO illegal, according to a ruling issued on Friday 18 November ( DS384, 386 ). The three-member panel found that the label, which was challenged by both Canada and Mexico at the global trade...
23 November 2011
In a surprise plenary session of the South Korean National Assembly on Tuesday 22 November, the ruling Grand National Party (GNP) pushed through the ratification of the US-Korea Free Trade Agreement, despite chaos in the assembly room and protests on the streets. The controversial trade pact,...
23 November 2011
Food import bills are set to reach a new height of US$1.29 trillion this year, a specialised UN agency told WTO members at a meeting of the global trade body last week. The new figure is due to represent a record high, as well as a record increase, the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO)...
23 November 2011
The World Intellectual Property Organization's (WIPO) Committee on Development and Intellectual Property (CDIP) reviewed last week the implementation of the WIPO Development Agenda (DA) recommendations, which were adopted in 2007 with the aim of "enhancing the development dimension of the...
23 November 2011
Congressional leaders have called quits on an effort to cut the US fiscal deficit in time for a self-imposed 23 November deadline. The recent push to develop a plan for curbing farm spending has, as a result, been set aside. In a statement calling off the rush to a compromise, the six-member Joint...
23 November 2011
While several events are being held this month to mark the tenth anniversary of the Doha Declaration on TRIPS and Public Health (2001), another significant milestone in the evolution of the international intellectual property system has gone largely unnoticed: the fiftieth anniversary of Brazil's...
23 November 2011
The EU and India are hoping to clinch a free trade deal within the coming months, according to top-level officials from both sides. The February 2012 EU-India Summit has now been set as the new deadline for completing the talks, which were launched in 2007. The renewed push to complete the trade...
23 November 2011
The World Intellectual Property Organization's copyright body kicked off negotiations this week, with the goal of advancing major work on exceptions and limitations instruments for libraries and archives and the reading disabled. However, significant debate on whether these instruments should be...
23 November 2011
The WTO Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) has announced two new appointments to the Appellate Body (AB). Thomas Graham, of the United States, and Ujal Singh Bhatia, of India, were officially selected on 18 November to join the other five AB members and will begin their four years of duty on 11 December...
23 November 2011
Coming soon 28 November - 9 December, Durban, South Africa. UNITED NATIONS FRAMEWORK CONVENTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE (UNFCCC) CONFERENCE OF THE PARTIES (COP) 17. Gathering heads of governments and representatives from international organisations and civil society, this United Nations Climate Change...
23 November 2011
AGRICULTURE AND CLIMATE CHANGE POLICY BRIEF: MAIN ISSUES FOR UNFCCC AND BEYOND. By Meridian Institute (November 2011). Developed by experts in the fields of agriculture and climate change, this condensed version of the June 2011 publication Agriculture and Climate Change intends to provide context...