WTO: Mixed Expectations as Delegations Arrive for Eighth Ministerial Conference

Volume
15,
Number
43
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14 December 2011
14 December 2011
Trade ministers from around the world are gathering in Geneva this week for their eighth biennial ministerial conference (MC8), during which they will review the WTO's activities and welcome Russia, Samoa, and Montenegro as new members. While the three-day event is widely expected to be devoid of...
14 December 2011
After an 18-year accession process, Russia is now set to join the WTO on Friday 16 December at the global trade body's ministerial conference. The approval of Moscow's bid is largely anticipated to be one of the highlights of the three-day gathering, which is otherwise expected to see little in...
14 December 2011
The relationship between patents and public health once again took centre stage at last week's meeting of the World Intellectual Property Organization's (WIPO) patent body, with developed and developing countries butting heads with one another over the issue. Meanwhile, less contentious discussions...
14 December 2011
Editor's note: The below article is the final Bridges Durban update. Originally published on Monday 12 December in the Bridges Trade BioRes Review , this update on the outcome of the two-week negotiations is included below for your reference. Despite finding themselves near the brink of collapse in...
14 December 2011
While discussions at this year's UN climate negotiations in Durban, South Africa were still underway, some countries also made moves outside of the multilateral setting in an attempt to strengthen international climate change co-operation. Australia and New Zealand revealed plans last week to link...
14 December 2011
With the 1 January 2012 implementation date for the EU's controversial plan to charge airlines for their emissions drawing near, many questions on the details of the plan remain unresolved. The scheme - which will charge all airlines landing or taking-off from EU airports for their expended...
14 December 2011
The ongoing battle between Washington and Brussels over aircraft subsidies took another turn on Friday 9 December, with the US rejecting the EU's claim of having eliminated subsides to civil aircraft manufacturer Airbus that had been deemed WTO illegal. In its announcement, the US requested that...
14 December 2011
Coming soon 15-16 December, New York, US. SECOND INTERSESSIONAL MEETING FOR UNCSD. This intersessional meeting of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) is one of three that were called for by the first preparatory committee in the lead up to the June 2012 Rio+20. Planning for this...
14 December 2011
THE DOMESTIC POLITICS OF NEGOTIATING INTERNATIONAL TRADE: INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS IN US-COLOMBIA AND US-PERU FREE TRADE AGREEMENTS. By Johanna von Braun (12 December 2011). This book examines in detail the intellectual property negotiations that formed part of the US-Peru and US-Colombia Free...