Slow Progress on WTO Food Stockholding Talks

Volume
17,
Number
32
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3 October 2013
3 October 2013
Trade negotiators have made slow progress in informal talks on amending WTO rules on food stockholding ahead of the global trade body's upcoming ninth ministerial conference in Bali, Indonesia, this December. Delegates moved closer to agreement over how best to make information on subsidised food...
3 October 2013
Top trade officials from both the EU and the US sought this week to dispel fears that regulatory differences could stymy efforts at reaching a bilateral trade deal, as negotiators prepare to kick off the second round of negotiations in Brussels on 7 October. The trade chiefs have jointly asked...
3 October 2013
Lawmakers in the US were unable to reach a final budget compromise in the early hours of 1 October, triggering a shutdown of the federal government. Given the budget impasse, Congress was also unable to reach agreement on a 2013 Farm Bill, letting last year's extension to the 2008 legislation...
3 October 2013
The past weeks of negotiations have yielded some encouraging advances, Director-General Roberto Azevêdo reported to WTO members on Monday. However, the pace of the Bali talks remains worryingly slow, he warned, given the few working days left between now and the December ministerial, and political...
3 October 2013
Heads of state and senior officials attending the UN General Assembly have agreed to accelerate progress on achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), while taking another step forward in clarifying the post-2015 agenda. Leaders pledged to place a special emphasis on the "most off-track...
3 October 2013
Civil society actors, including NGOs, academics, private sector representatives, and policymakers, gathered in Geneva this week to address the various linkages between innovation and trade, and the related challenges and opportunities that have emerged in the rapidly changing global market. The...
3 October 2013
The annual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders' Week and related meetings kicked off in the Indonesian province of Bali on Tuesday; however, gatherings on the event sidelines of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) officials are expected to dominate news headlines in the coming days, given...
3 October 2013
Yemen's thirteen-year pursuit of WTO entry is now approaching the finish line, officials announced last week, with the global trade body set to formally sign off on Sana'a's membership this December. Yemen, whose main exports include oil, fish and fisheries products, and natural gas, will be the...
3 October 2013
Coming soon 7 October, Seoul, South Korea. THE SEOUL POST-2015 GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE: IMPLEMENTATION AND IMPLICATIONS. This conference is being organised by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and will focus on the post-2015 development agenda...
3 October 2013
G-33 PROPOSAL: EARLY AGREEMENT ON ELEMENTS OF THE DRAFT DOHA ACCORD TO ADDRESS FOOD SECURITY. By Christophe Bellmann, Jonathan Hepburn, Ekaterina Krivonos, and Jamie Morrison for the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (September...