Green goods on the move

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8,
Number
1
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7 February 2014
7 February 2014
Word of a new green trade commitment coming out of this year's World Economic Forum Davos meet could augur well for environmental goods trade. A group of 14 WTO members have signalled their intention to negotiate an agreement that will slash tariffs on a selection of environmental products. Scaling...
7 February 2014
Environmental goods cover a range of products critical to securing sustainable energy supply, waste-water treatment, as well as reducing air and water-pollution. Gradual liberalisation and carefully-managed market openings in these areas can be powerful tools for advancing environment and...
7 February 2014
On the 24 January 2014 at the annual World Economic Forum meet in Davos, Switzerland, a group of 14 WTO members - including the US, EU, and China - agreed to pursue " global free trade " in environmental goods, announcing their intention to negotiate a "plurilateral" deal that would eliminate...
7 February 2014
Trade ministers meeting on the Indonesian island province of Bali announced last December that they had finalised negotiations for a global trade pact - the first since the WTO opened its doors in 1995. The so-called Bali package covers only a small fraction of the Doha Round mandate, established...
7 February 2014
US officials have launched new investigations into Chinese and Taiwanese solar trade practices, in a move expected to rekindle tensions between Beijing and Washington. The investigations announced by the US Commerce Department last Thursday come in response to a December petition by SolarWorld...
7 February 2014
With the expiry of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) coming up in 2015, the UN system is in the process of pulling together a post-2015 global development agenda. The final outcome is expected set the course for international development work for the following fifteen years. In recognition of...
7 February 2014
The European Commission unveiled its 2030 climate and energy policy framework on 22 January, calling for a 40 percent greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction target below 1990 levels and an EU-wide binding renewable energy target of at least 27 percent. European Commission President José Manuel Barroso set...
7 February 2014
Wikileaks raises alarm on TPP environment roll-back The anti-government secrecy website WikiLeaks on 15 January released what it says is a draft of the environmental text being discussed in the closely-guarded Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations – a group of twelve nations whose combined...
7 February 2014
Agricultural Export Restrictions and the WTO - ICTSD - November 2013 This paper examines the likely trade, food security, and development implications of various options for disciplining agricultural export restrictions. At the core of the paper, six alternatives are presented for an agreement to...