WTO Members Drop Food Security Proposals for Ministerial

Volume
15,
Number
42
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7 December 2011
7 December 2011
After months of intense negotiations, WTO members have formally agreed on draft decisions and elements of political guidance to forward to trade ministers when they arrive in Geneva next week. However, two widely-discussed food security proposals failed to make the cut, despite a general agreement...
7 December 2011
Last week brought about significant developments in two high-profile trade cases over advanced manufacturing involving the US. After the EU announced on 1 December that it had complied with an earlier WTO ruling that deemed its subsidies for civil aircraft manufacturer Airbus illegal, the US...
7 December 2011
On Friday 2 December, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) wrapped up a two week long "marathon" session of its copyright committee that tackled issues ranging from treaties for audiovisual performances and broadcasting organisations to a limitations and exceptions instrument for...
7 December 2011
Delegates from 160 countries have agreed upon a new global partnership aimed at ensuring that foreign aid reaches those most in need, after meeting last week in South Korea. While the agreement was praised for having gained endorsements from emerging donor countries, particularly China, questions...
7 December 2011
UPDATE (8 December) With less than 48 hours left to clinch a deal at COP 17 in Durban, many analysts are now saying they are feeling less than optimistic. Following the arrival of ministers earlier this week, there was enough movement on key issues - most notably the Green Climate Fund - that...
7 December 2011
Provisions aimed at protecting fish and wildlife species are being backed by the US for inclusion in a proposed trans-Pacific trade deal, according to top US officials. The details of the Washington-supported conservation initiatives were announced on 5 December. Speaking about the negotiating...
7 December 2011
The final regional meeting in preparation for next June's Rio+20 Conference, held last week in Geneva, saw participants largely skirt around trade issues, despite previous regional meetings having seen significant debate surrounding the areas of green trade protectionism and the definition of a ‘...
7 December 2011
On Sunday 4 December, Syria announced the suspension of its free trade zone with Turkey. This latest hike in trade tensions between the two neighbours comes just days after Turkey announced its own sanctions against Syria, in a move aimed at increasing pressure against the regime of Syrian...
7 December 2011
Coming soon 7-8 December, New York, USA. FIFTH HIGH-LEVEL DIALOGUE ON FINANCING FOR DEVELOPMENT. This high-level dialogue, held by the UN General Assembly, will centre on the theme of "the Monterrey Consensus and Doha Declaration on Financing for Development: status of implementation and tasks...
7 December 2011
OVERCOMING THE IMPASSE ON INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AND CLIMATE CHANGE AT THE UNFCCC. By Ahmed Abdel Latif, Keith Maskus, Ruth Okediji, Jerome Reichman, and Pedro Roffe. The international community is looking to this week's UNFCCC Durban Conference to produce tangible results, leaving a window of...