WTO Members Tussle Over Size and Shape of Nairobi Package

Volume
19,
Number
31
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24 September 2015
24 September 2015
With WTO members still divided on farm subsidies and market access issues, Director-General Roberto Azevêdo last week called for negotiators to start focusing their efforts on “the most promising issues” for the global trade body’s upcoming ministerial conference in Nairobi, Kenya this December...
24 September 2015
The 12 countries negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement are reportedly considering holding high-level talks next week in the US city of Atlanta, as the impending elections in some key players threaten to complicate the long-term timeline for the trade deal. If held, the Atlanta...
24 September 2015
The 28 nations of the EU last Friday signed off on a common position for the UN climate talks set to take place this December in Paris, France, with the goal of adopting a universal climate regime. Among other aspects, the bloc’s environment ministers agreed to push for a 2020 peaking of global...
24 September 2015
The top trade officials from the EU and US agreed to ramp up the pace of bilateral negotiations for a wide-reaching trade and investment deal, following a “political stocktaking” meeting expected to set the tone of the talks through the rest of the year. During their discussions in Washington on...
24 September 2015
More WTO members should consider the benefits of signing onto the organisation’s Government Procurement Agreement (GPA), urged Director-General Roberto Azevêdo last week, citing the many improvements that have come from the deal – and from the accession of some of its newer participants – since the...
24 September 2015
Switzerland has been dubbed the world’s most innovative economy for the fifth consecutive year, according to the rankings jointly released last week by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Cornell University, and the INSEAD business school. The Global Innovation Index (GII), now in...
24 September 2015
Coming Soon 25 September, Bern, Switzerland. WORLD TRADE FORUM 2015: 20 YEARS OF THE WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION. WORLD TRADE FORUM: 20 YEARS OF THE WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION. The World Trade Forum 2015 is organised through the Trade Policy Research Network (TPRN) by the WTI (University of Bern), the...
24 September 2015
OECD INVENTORY OF SUPPORT MEASURES FOR FOSSIL FUELS 2015. Published by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) (September 2015). This new database and its accompanying report addresses all policies that directly support either the consumption or production of fossil fuels...