US Presidential Contest Enters Next Stage, With Policy Fights Brewing

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20,
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28
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28 July 2016
28 July 2016
The US Democratic National Convention (DNC) endorsed Hillary Rodham Clinton as its nominee for president on Tuesday, one week after Republicans confirmed their own nominee. With the convention season due to end on Thursday, American voters will now have to choose between two starkly different...
28 July 2016
The global economic recovery remains “weaker than desirable,” said finance ministers and central bank governors from the G-20 coalition of major advanced and emerging economies, following a 23-24 July meeting in Chengdu, China. The weekend gathering comes just two months before leaders from the...
28 July 2016
Talks towards securing a phase down of global climate-warming hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) emissions have edged forward, as parties to the Montreal Protocol meeting in Vienna, Austria, from 15-23 July discussed baselines, freeze-dates, and phase-down schedules for the consumption and production of...
28 July 2016
The European Commission proposed country-specific emissions targets last week, clarifying the roles individual members could play in helping the bloc reach a 40 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 compared to 1990. The proposal , known as the Effort Sharing Regulation, targets the...
28 July 2016
WTO Director-General Roberto Azevêdo has encouraged members to shift from “reflection to action” mode, as delegations prepare to consider what outcomes they might strive for at the organisation’s 2017 ministerial conference. The WTO chief met twice with the full membership this week, informally on...
28 July 2016
The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) concluded its quadrennial conference on Friday 22 July, signing off on a work programme for its next four-year cycle. During the conference, UNCTAD released a “roadmap” backed by 90 countries and two fellow UN agencies for tackling harmful...
28 July 2016
Talks last week on negotiating a possible new agricultural safeguard mechanism for developing countries sparked intense debate among WTO members, sources say, with those in favour of the instrument at odds with farm exporting countries which argue it could harm trade. Sources say that last Thursday...
28 July 2016
UN member states meeting in New York from 11-20 July for the fourth annual meeting of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) participated in national voluntary reviews on the implementation of the new 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable...
28 July 2016
The past fortnight has seen various developments in the area of WTO dispute settlement, including the establishment of “compliance panels” in cases involving the US and China, as well as the Philippines and Thailand. Separately, a US-India dispute on poultry products has now advanced to arbitration...
28 July 2016
Coming Soon 29 July, New Delhi, India. REGIONAL DIALOGUE ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IN SOUTH ASIA: STAKEHOLDERS’ PERCEPTIONS ON FOOD, WATER, AND ENERGY SECURITY. Organised by the Consumer Unity and Trust Society (CUTS International), this event aims to give participants a forum to evaluate the...
28 July 2016
WHAT’S AHEAD FOR THE WTO: LOOKING AROUND THE CORNER AND BEYOND. By Ricardo Meléndez-Ortiz for VoxEU (July 2016). This column by the chief executive of the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) takes stock of current discussions in the WTO and eyes potential outcomes for...