Azevêdo Calls Upon WTO Members to Make 2015 a "Year to Remember"

Volume
18,
Number
42
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11 December 2014
11 December 2014
At the global trade body’s last General Council meeting of the year, WTO Director-General Roberto Azevêdo urged members to work on regaining their negotiating momentum going into 2015, following a tumultuous few months at the global trade body. “2015 is going to be a big year for the WTO. We have...
11 December 2014
African countries should translate their regional integration projects into real action on the ground, especially given today’s rapidly evolving landscape of international trade regulation, African Union (AU) trade ministers said following a 4-5 December conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. “The...
11 December 2014
World leaders should prioritise six essential elements in their deliberations on a post-2015 development agenda – namely dignity; people; prosperity; planet; justice; and partnership – according to an advanced unedited version of a report released by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon last Thursday...
11 December 2014
Countries involved in negotiating a deal to liberalise trade in select environmental goods are making progress on a possible “wish list” of products, sources confirmed following last week’s third round of talks in Geneva, Switzerland. At the current rate, officials say, these initial technical...
11 December 2014
The European Council and Parliament have clinched a political agreement to allow EU member states to either restrict – or ban outright – the cultivation of crops containing genetically modified organisms (GMO) in their own countries, even in cases where the product has been approved at the EU level...
11 December 2014
The EU recently agreed on a law requiring the shipping sector to monitor its carbon emissions from 2018 onward, in a move that has been greeted as a first step toward addressing the issue of emissions produced by that sector. The deal was announced in late November by Coreper – the Permanent...
11 December 2014
The WTO Appellate Body ruled on Monday that the US’ anti-subsidy duties on imports of certain Indian steel products violated global trade rules, in a complicated decision that is expected to have implications for India’s booming steel trade. (DS436) Back in July, a WTO dispute panel had already...
11 December 2014
Coming Soon 9-12 December, New York, US. PREPARATORY PROCESS FOR INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON FINANCING FOR DEVELOPMENT: SECOND ROUND OF SUBSTANTIVE INFORMAL SESSIONS. This current round of substantive informal sessions are part of a broader preparation process for the upcoming International...
11 December 2014
WHO CAPTURES THE VALUE IN THE GLOBAL VALUE CHAIN? HIGH LEVEL IMPLICATIONS FOR THE WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION. By Peter Draper and Andreas Freytag for the E15 Initiative. This think piece, prepared as part of the E15 Initiative being jointly led by the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable...