China, EU Pledge to Consider Bilateral Trade Pact

Volume
18,
Number
12
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3 April 2014
3 April 2014
WTO members clashed on Friday over whether draft Doha texts tabled six years ago should remain the basis for future talks on farm trade, ahead of a December deadline for agreeing on a work programme to resolve the outstanding issues in the round. Developing countries said the 2008 texts should...
3 April 2014
The EU and China agreed on Monday to consider the possibility of a bilateral trade pact, should their current negotiations for an investment deal prove fruitful. The announcement came as part of Chinese President Xi Jinping's high-profile visit to Brussels, which also saw the EU publicly support...
3 April 2014
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its latest global climate science study on Monday, indicating that the effects of climate change had already left their mark on "all continents and across the oceans," with the effects felt everywhere. Although ambitious climate actions...
3 April 2014
West African leaders endorsed "in principle" their Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the EU last Saturday, two months after the negotiations were completed. However, divisions linger over some outstanding technical issues, particularly as some African countries - most vocally Nigeria -...
3 April 2014
The European Commission has launched its public consultation on the investment protections and investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) mechanisms that it hopes to include in an EU-US trade pact, as part of a larger effort to respond to the growing debate over the trade deal's merits. The prospect...
3 April 2014
The White House has announced a new strategy to slash domestic methane emissions from the oil and gas industry. Released last Friday, the public document includes a review of the sources and trends of methane emissions, and targets new executive steps to address the potent greenhouse gas. The...
3 April 2014
A WTO panel has granted a mixed victory to Washington in its dispute with Beijing over the use of trade remedies, finding that a 2012 law allowing the US to impose anti-subsidy tariffs on non-market economies was in line with international trade rules. ( DS 449 ) At issue in the case was a bill...
3 April 2014
Coming Soon 5-11 April, Medellín, Colombia. SEVENTH WORLD URBAN FORUM. This forum will focus on the theme "Urban equity in development - cities for life." The annual event is convened by the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), with the goal of examining current issues involving such...
3 April 2014
GLOBAL AND LOCAL ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY, DEVELOPMENT AND GROWTH. Published by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) (2014). As part of a new OECD series, OECD and Post-2015 Reflections , this report discusses a foreseeable need in the post-2015 development agenda...