vrijdag 27 november 2020

WTO: Future WTO environment work in the spotlight, as members report on two new initiatives

Future WTO environment work in the spotlight, as members report on two new initiatives
At the Committee on Trade and Environment (CTE) meeting on 20 November, several members reported on the events they held during the WTO Trade and Environment Week 2020, which featured a series of virtual events and workshops including a high-level event organized by the WTO with the UN Environment...
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WTO members committed to delivering new subsidy rules, chair says on World Fisheries Day
On the occasion of World Fisheries Day on 21 November, the chair of the Negotiating Group on Rules, which is responsible for the fisheries subsidies negotiations, highlighted WTO members' continued commitment to delivering a multilateral agreement for the benefit of the ocean and fishing...
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DDG Wolff calls on Ottawa Group to table formal reform proposals at WTO
In remarks today (23 November) to ministers from the Ottawa Group of WTO members, WTO Deputy Director-General Alan Wolff urged governments to translate their statements about reforms to global trade rules into formal proposals and concrete requests at the WTO. He also put forward ideas for how...
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Trade Policy Review: Thailand
The eighth review of the trade policies and practices of Thailand takes place on 24 and 26 November 2020. The basis for the review is a report by the WTO Secretariat and a report by the Government of Thailand.
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DDG Wolff: "WTO reform is both necessary and feasible"
Speaking at the "1+6" roundtable meeting presided by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on 24 November, Deputy Director-General Alan Wolff urged WTO members to begin serious engagement on improving the WTO, arguing there was enough common ground to reach major new agreements. He also called on China to...
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[email protected]: Past, present and future of the most comprehensive IP multilateral treaty
Senior government officials, intellectual property experts and representatives from academia marked on 24 November 2020 the 25th anniversary of the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS). In a virtual symposium, the participants reflected on the evolution and...
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EIF launches virtual campaign to help ramp up trade in least-developed countries
The Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF) launched a digital campaign in October aimed at encouraging businesses in least-developed countries (LDCs) to share how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting their participation in global value chains. Twelve businesses from 12 LDCs have shared their experiences...
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WTO to host first Trade for Peace Week
The WTO will host the first edition of the Trade for Peace Week from 30 November to 4 December 2020. Ten virtual panel sessions will explore the nexus between trade and peace, with the focus on fragile and conflict-affected countries in accession which want to use trade and economic integration to...
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DDG Agah at ITC Joint Advisory Group: Open trade and economic inclusion key to post-COVID recovery
In remarks on 25 November to the 54th session of the Joint Advisory Group that oversees the work of the International Trade Centre (ITC), WTO Deputy Director-General Yonov Frederick Agah argued that open international trade, together with efforts to ensure the benefits from economic activity are...
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WTO launches new edition of Handbook on the TRIPS Agreement
The WTO launched today (27 November) the second edition of "A Handbook on the WTO TRIPS Agreement", which describes the historical and legal background to the Agreement on Trade-related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS), its role in the organization and its institutional framework....
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