EU POLICY PRIORITIES 2013: EXTERNAL AFFAIRS AND TRADE. Published by the Green European Foundation (July 2013). This report outlines the main policy proposals that the EU will put forward in the field of external affairs and trade over the year. It also assesses the European Greens' response on these policies, specifically: the planned trade agreement with the US; the debate over investor-to-state dispute resolution mechanisms; trade conflicts with China over alleged solar panel dumping; key EU enlargement affairs; and human rights issues in Russia, Syria, and Egypt. To download the full report, please click here.
SMALL-SCALE FARMERS: THE MISSING ELEMENT IN THE WIPO-IGC DRAFT ARTICLES ON GENETIC RESOURCES. (July 2013) Written by Susan Bragdon for the Quaker United Nations Office (QUNO) (July 2013). This briefing paper explores the possible implications of the draft text released by the Intergovernmental Committee (IGC) of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) on small-scale farmers and food security in light of the current negotiations on intellectual property rules around Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge, and Traditional Cultural Expressions. To read the full report, please click here.
SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AND THE POST 2015 IMPLICATIONS: A CLOSER LOOK AT THE MDG AND THE SDG PROCESSES. (July 2013) Written by Lichia Saner Yiu and Raymond Saner with D. Andrew Boehmer for the Centre for Socio-Eco-Nomic Development (CSEND). This paper analyses the trends and issues that have arisen in the preparations of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a response to post-2015 development challenges. In addition, the paper also establishes a cross-sector overview on the priorities and demands of stakeholders representing the governments, businesses, and civil societies. To download the full report, please click here.
PRINCIPLES FOR INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY PROVISIONS IN BILATERAL AND REGIONAL AGREEMENTS. Published by the Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property and Competition Law (July 2013). This report outlines a series of concerns regarding the use of intellectual property (IP) provisions as a bargaining chip in international trade negotiations, the increasing comprehensiveness of international IP rules, and the perceived lack of transparency and inclusiveness in the negotiating process. The second section recommends international rules and procedures that could help achieve a better, mutually advantageous and balanced regulation of international IP. To learn more, please click here.