WTO Holds First NGO Briefing

Volume
2,
Number
37
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28 September 1998
28 September 1998
On September 28, the WTO held its first briefing for NGOs. The meeting was hosted by ICTSD and attended by two dozen representatives of non-governmental organisations. Peter Pedersen, from the WTO's External Relations Division, and Gabrielle Marceau, from WTO's Legal Affairs Division briefed those...
28 September 1998
Most of the discussions at the WTO Dispute Settlement Body (DSB), meeting September 22, were procedural, with the banana dispute dominating. Other issues considered by the Dispute Settlement Body were the status of Canada's implementation of the dispute concerning periodicals; the request by the EU...
28 September 1998
China last week criticised the U.S. for what China termed an "unfair" ban on the use of untreated wood pallets and other wood packaging used for China's imports into the U.S. The U.S. Department of Agriculture implemented the ban in order to stop the spread of Asian long-horned beetle infestations...
28 September 1998
Ministers from 22 countries attended a high-level round of informal climate talks as a follow-up to the Kyoto Protocol, adopted last December. At the meeting arranged by Japan and held in Tokyo, ministers from inter alia the EU, U.S., Argentina, Brazil, India and China discussed the extent to which...
28 September 1998
The Cairns Group of agricultural exporting countries last week warned the U.S. and EU against increased use of subsidies to offset falling world agricultural prices. At a meeting of the WTO General Council September 24, the Cairns Group released a statement warning that increasing subsidies could...
28 September 1998
British Prime Minister Tony Blair last week called for an overhaul of the Bretton Woods institutions within a year. (Bretton Woods refers to the location at which the foundation for the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank was laid after World War II). "This is not a matter of a few...
28 September 1998
Brazil's Trade Ministry said last week that new health controls would be put on imports of agricultural and medicinal products that would affect eight percent of imports. The controls, part of a series of new technical measures Brazil has been taking to curb imports and redress its gaping trade and...
28 September 1998
• EVENTS WTO Meetings: COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE, 30 September-1 October 1998. For information, contact: Peter Ungphakorn, WTO, tel: (41) 22 739 5412. WORKING GROUP ON TRADE AND INVESTMENT, 1-2 October 1998. For information, contact: Luis Ople, WTO, tel: (41) 22 739 5374. COUNCIL FOR TRADE IN GOODS...