Burma: Japan, EU Bring Massachusetts Law to WTO; Illegal Wildlife Trade

Volume
2,
Number
35
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14 September 1998
14 September 1998
The Japanese government asked the WTO last week to set up a dispute settlement panel to rule on whether a Massachusetts law sanctioning companies that trade with or invest in Myanmar (Burma) violates global trade rules. The EU is expected to follow suit later this month. The EU had earlier...
14 September 1998
The UN Development Program (UNDP) last week released its annual Human Development Report, in which the UNDP found--not surprisingly--"gross inequalities in consumption" between rich and poor nations. Globally, the richest 20% of the world's population (in the highest-income countries) account for...
14 September 1998
The second session of the Intergovernmental Forum on Forests (IFF-2) took place from August 24 - September 4 in Geneva. Discussion focused on a broad range of issues including promoting and facilitating implementation of the proposals for action of the Intergovernmental Panel on Forests (IPF), the...
14 September 1998
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank last week were to consider a limited extension of their Highly Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) initiative, although aid agencies believe the proposed extension still does not go far enough to address the needs of the poorest countries. Under...
14 September 1998
The decision two weeks ago by Malaysia to place strict restrictions on foreign exchange and capital movements, up-valuing the ringgit exchange rate and pegging it against all other international currencies has many observers worried that others may follow. Malaysia's move goes against the trend of...
14 September 1998
Twelve nations of Central Asia, the Caucasus and the Black Sea Region signed a multilateral agreement last week to recreate the ancient "silk road" trade route linking east and west. In an ambitious project, which has already drawn over $200 million of investment to the region, the 12 agreed to...
14 September 1998
• EVENTS REGIONAL ANALYSES OF CHANGING ECONOMIC STRUCTURES, 24 September 1998, Chicago, Illinois. This panel discussion will be chaired by Alberto Cardelle, North-South Center, with presentations from Michael Tomz, Harvard University; Andrew Schrank, University of Chicago; and Kristina Lybecker,...