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1 May 1997
1 May 1997
Trade and Sustainable Development, the newsletter of the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD). ICTSD was founded in September 1996 as a link between the trade, environmental and development communities. It seeks to facilitate access of interested non-governmental...
1 May 1997
The High—I.evel Meeting on Integrated Initiatives on Least Developed Countries’ Trade Development, initially planned for June, has been postponed until 27—28 October 1997. Jointly organized by the World Trade Organization (WTO), the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and...
1 May 1997
Although the Singapore Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organisation in December 1996 did not shed tears for the poor countries of the world, it adopted a plan of action for its poorest members whose total share of the world trade is below 0.4%. The plan calls for an active WTO role in...
1 May 1997
Work and Priorities for 1997 The Committeee on Trade and Development (CTD) of the World Trade Organization (WTO) was provided for in the Agreement Establishing the World Trade Organization. The CTD reports to the supreme WTO body- that is, the General Council. The formal meetings of the CTD are...
1 May 1997
The Committee’s Schedule of Work for 1997 All items of the work programme set out in the Marrakesh Decision on Trade and Environment of April 1994 are on the Committee’s agenda in 1997 in line with the recommendations contained in the Committee’s Report to the Singapore Ministerial Conference (WT/...
1 May 1997
Let me start by raising the following questions: Is the WTO an adequate forum for a continued debate on the interface between trade, or has its glamour and relevance faded away at least for environmentalists? Are the so-called legalistic issues, such as the relationship between multilateral...
1 May 1997
For non-governmental organizations, participation in international meetings is nothing new. Indeed, it is to some extent the bread and butter of NGO existence. They have colonised the post-Rio process (e.g. the main UN summits – Cairo, Beijing, Copenhagen, Istanbul) and are everywhere to be seen at...
1 May 1997
On 30 April 1997, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed revisions to the requirements for importing gasoline to the United States. The revisions reflect the recommendations of a WTO dispute settlement panel, which in May 1996 supported Venezuela’s and Brazil’s contention that the U.S...
1 May 1997
The WTO Secretariat plans to hold an NGO Symposium prior to the High-Level Meeting on Integrated Initiatives on Least Developed Countries’ Trade Development (see story on front page). The consultation is likely to take place in Geneva to weeks to a month before the High-Level Meeting (as the...
1 May 1997
Shrimp Turtle Panel Released India has joined Thailand, Malaysia and Pakistan as a co-complainant in the trade dispute concerning the U.S. import ban on wild-caught shrimp from countries lacking what the U.S. considers effective measures to keep marine turtles from drowning in shrimp nets. The...
1 May 1997
The Third Conference of the Parties to the Framework Convention on Climate Change will take place this December in Kyoto, Japan. The goal is to fulfill the mandate of the Geneva Declaration to create a binding Protocol that will commit the developed (Annex I) countries to establish targets and...
1 May 1997
May 16: WTO Textiles Monitoring Body May 20: WTO Committee on Trade and Development May 20-21 : NGO-CTE Symposium May 21-22: WTO Committee on Trade and Environment May 21: WTO Committee on Government Procurement May 26-27 (Paris): OECD Council Meeting May 28: WTO Dispute Settlement Body May 28-30 (...
1 April 1997
On 25 February 1997, the World Trade Organization agreed to establish a dispute settlement panel to rule on the legitimacy of a partial U.S. import ban on shrimp and shrimp products. The embargo concerns shrimp caught in the wild in countries without sea turtle conservation measures comparable to...