Cancun Climate Summit Exceeds Low Expectations, But Sidesteps Trade Issues

Volume
14,
Number
44
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22 December 2010
22 December 2010
The United Nations climate summit that finished in Cancun this month surpassed low expectations when governments struck a deal that keeps alive efforts for a multilateral response to tackle climate change. The agreements reached in the Mexican beach resort do not establish caps on greenhouse gas...
22 December 2010
2006, 2007, 2008, and now, 2011. Trade negotiators at the WTO in Geneva will begin the new year with another push for an agreement in the long-struggling Doha Round negotiations, which have languished for the past two years. Succeeding where they have previously failed will hinge upon whether they...
22 December 2010
The world's poorest countries and the international community urgently need to revise their approach to development policy. Or so believe many economic, trade, and development experts looking ahead to a high-profile United Nations summit on least-developed countries (UNLDC IV) in Istanbul next May...
22 December 2010
Farm trade negotiators must "hit the ground running" when they have s return to the WTO in January, the chair of the Doha Round agriculture talks warned last week. However, with no new signs of whether major players can offer new concessions, delegates are hovering between renewed hope and...
22 December 2010
WTO members this month fell short of agreeing on an update to a plurilateral agreement on government procurement, but a deal that would further liberalise access to billions of dollars worth of public procurement contracts among over forty countries is within reach in the first half of 2011,...
22 December 2010
The European Union and India will miss their target of concluding a free trade agreement by the end of 2010, but have managed to resolve a spat over EU policies that saw Indian generic drugs confiscated in European ports while in transit on their way to other developing countries. The drug seizures...
22 December 2010
WTO members agreed this month to launch a review of a provisional mechanism for examining the rules in regional trade agreements, a step towards making the four-year old system permanent. The negotiating group on rules also examined proposals in the Doha Round talks on disciplining fisheries...
22 December 2010
A WTO dispute panel last week gave the US a victory over China, ruling that safeguard tariffs levied by Washington on Chinese tyres since 2009 are consistent with multilateral trade rules. The spat is one in a series of disputes the world's two biggest economies have brought to the global trade...
22 December 2010
WTO members last week looked at efforts to lay the groundwork for next year's planned examination of ongoing efforts to use trade-related development assistance to boost poor countries' ability to participate in international commerce. The third ‘global review' of the WTO's aid-for-trade initiative...
22 December 2010
Coming soon 10-11 January, New York, United States of America, FIRST INTERSESSIONAL MEETING FOR UNCSD. As called for at the first PrepCom of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, also called Rio+20), the first of three intersessional meetings will be 10-11 January 2011. For further...
22 December 2010
FOOD SECURITY, PRICE VOLATILITY AND TRADE: SOME REFLECTIONS FOR DEVELOPING COUNTRIES. By Eugenio Diaz-Bonilla and Juan Francisco Ron (ICTSD, November 2010). This paper work up from the household level to connect international trade rules to the national strategies needed to achieve food security...