Tracking sustainability across value chains

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8
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14 October 2015
14 October 2015
Following the adoption of the UN “2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” governments, international institutions, and stakeholders the world over are now turning their attention to implementation. Achieving the ambitious to-do list outlined in the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will...
14 October 2015
Do the recent WTO rulings related to product labelling provide enough flexibility for Members to achieve various non-trade policy objectives? WTO Members and consumers have largely ignored the implications for product labelling emanating from the Appellate Body’s decisions in US-Tuna II and US-COOL...
14 October 2015
Would carbon labelling initiatives be covered by the WTO’s Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade? It is broadly recognised, including in the WTO, that climate change is possibly the greatest sustainable development challenge presently facing the global community. The 1992 UN Framework Convention...
14 October 2015
How to track fish from sea to fork to ensure positive environmental outcomes? In the latest chapter of what is generally agreed to be the longest running international trade and environment dispute, last April a WTO compliance panel ruled in favour of Mexico’s claims that the US continues to...
14 October 2015
What trade tools are being deployed to tackle black market fishing activities? How can these be used more effectively? Illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing is a major problem with worldwide social, environmental, and economic impacts. As well as being a major contributor to the global...
14 October 2015
How best to ensure socially-responsible trade in the face of long and complex global value chains? Supply-chain due diligence is increasingly becoming a business reality and a regulatory requirement. The most recent example for mandatory regulation is a proposal by the European Parliament to...
14 October 2015
This article looks at how to keep genetically modified and conventional agricultural products separate from farm to market to ensure a wide array of trade opportunities, with a particular focus on developing countries. The global cultivation of genetically modified (GM) crops has expanded...
14 October 2015
A new informal document with proposed text for a post-2020 climate deal might help advance multilateral climate talks. The co-chairs of a multilateral group charged with hammering out a new, universal emissions-cutting deal have released a 20-page “ non-paper ” containing proposed content for a...
14 October 2015
A new mega-regional trade deal addresses a range of new "21st century" regulatory areas including, among others, environment and conservation issues. Ministers from 12 Pacific Rim countries concluded a sweeping trade and investment pact on Monday 5 October, following several days of frenzied...
14 October 2015
US and Chile pledge to protect oceans The US and Chile in early October announced the creation of new marine sanctuaries to help protect the world’s oceans. According to a study by WWF and the Zoological Society of London published a few weeks prior to the announcement, the most efficient measure...
14 October 2015
OECD Companion to the Inventory of Support Measures for Fossil Fuels 2015 – OECD – September 2015 This publication is concerned with all policies that directly support the production or consumption of fossil fuels in members of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and...