Plenty more fish in the sea?

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8,
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6
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15 July 2014
15 July 2014
Fish make up around 17 percent of the global population’s annual protein intake and almost 20 percent of the annual protein intake of about 3 billion people. Fish and fish products are among the world’s most traded food commodities, worth around USD$130 billion in 2012, with developing countries...
15 July 2014
Illicit fishing activities are piling pressure on already fragile wild fish stocks and marine ecosystems as well as threatening important food supplies for local communities. Where might trade policy complement regional and international action to tackle the challenge? Illegal, unreported, and...
15 July 2014
There is an explicit mandate on governments and trade negotiators to ensure the sustainability of the oceans’ fisheries. This mandate, however, may require an uneasy shift in trade negotiations. Hundreds of millions of people depend on fishing for all or part of their income. The sustainability of...
15 July 2014
Progress on disciplining harmful fisheries subsidies at the WTO has been slow. Could a distinction between different types of fish stocks according to their national or international locales help move the multilateral talks forward? Since a back of the envelope calculation by the UN Food and...
15 July 2014
Small island developing states face a number of specific sustainable development challenges, some of which might usefully be addressed at the WTO. In September, delegates will gather in Apia, Samoa for the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) guided by the...
15 July 2014
Fossil-fuel subsidies run counter to bids to move to low-carbon economies. Reform is both important and complex, not least in development contexts. Economic theory explains that subsidies can represent a deadweight loss to society because they artificially lower costs, which encourages inefficient...
15 July 2014
Negotiations have started towards an environmental goods trade agreement. Participants hope that the eventual deal will make a useful contribution to tackling climate change. A group of 14 WTO members – including the US, EU, and China – formally launched negotiations last week for a new agreement...
15 July 2014
The UN working group charged with proposing a set of sustainable development goals has entered its final week of negotiations, meeting in the wake of high-level discussion on the monitoring of sustainable development. UN forum charged with leading and reviewing the international community’s work on...
15 July 2014
Illegal wildlife trade in a number of species continues to escalate. Failure to address the problem by certain countries could result in the imposition of trade bans on other legal wildlife commodities. An international committee tasked with providing policy guidance on the regulation of wildlife...
15 July 2014
UN climate talks shift to negotiating mode The latest round of UN climate talks saw countries move into negotiating mode on some of the details that will need to be hammered out over the next 18 months in order to successfully deliver a global climate deal by 2015. Meeting from the 4-15 June in...
15 July 2014
Stable Policies, Turbulent Markets, Germany’s Green Industrial Policy: The Costs and Benefits of Promoting Solar PV and Wind Energy – IISD – February 2014 This report, written by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)’s Global Subsidies Initiative, assesses Germany’s...