vrijdag 17 september 2021

WTO: E-commerce talks: two “foundational” articles cleaned; development issues discussed

E-commerce talks: two "foundational" articles cleaned; development issues discussed
Participants in e-commerce negotiations welcomed two more clean articles — on open government data and online consumer protection — at a meeting on 13 September.
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DDG Ellard stresses need to reduce trade barriers for environmental goods and services
On 14 September, Deputy Director-General Angela Ellard participated virtually in an "armchair dialogue" at the World Circular Economy Forum 2021, which explored how to transition to a circular economy in order to achieve the global climate and UN Sustainable Development Goals targets. DDG Ellard presented a vision of a circular economy that is global, safe and inclusive, and shared her views on how the WTO can help to achieve this vision. Her speaking points are below.
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Trade Policy Review: Argentina
The fifth review of the trade policies and practices of Argentina takes place on 15 and 17 September 2021. The basis for the review is a report by the WTO Secretariat and a report by the Government of Argentina.
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International organizations, vaccine manufacturers agree to intensify cooperation to deliver COVID-19 vaccines
The heads of the International Monetary Fund, World Bank Group, World Health Organization and World Trade Organization met with the CEOs of leading vaccine manufacturing companies to discuss strategies to improve access to COVID-19 vaccines, especially in low— and lower middle-income countries and in Africa. The Task Force expressed concerns that without urgent steps the world is unlikely to achieve the end-2021 target of vaccinating at least 40% of the population in all countries — a critical milestone to end the pandemic and for global economic recovery.
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WTO, WIPO launch book on competition policy and IP in today's global economy
Senior officials from the WTO and the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) launched a new book entitled "Competition Policy and Intellectual Property in Today's Global Economy" on 16 September at a virtual event also attended by the editorial team and an international range of authors. The new publication looks at the positive linkage between intellectual property (IP) and competition in jurisdictions around the world, surveying developments and policy issues from an international and comparative perspective.
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WTO celebrates UN resolution recognizing 7 October as World Cotton Day
The WTO welcomed the decision by the United Nations General Assembly to officially recognize 7 October as World Cotton Day, following a proposition by Benin, Burkina Faso, Chad, Côte d'Ivoire and Mali. The resolution acknowledges the vital role cotton plays in several countries by providing...
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DDG Paugam: WTO rules no barrier to ambitious environmental policies
Speaking to a European Economic and Social Committee public hearing on 16 September regarding carbon border adjustment measures, Deputy Director-General Jean-Marie Paugam underlined that multilateral trade rules are no barrier to the adoption of ambitious environmental policies, provided that they...
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WTO, WHO, WIPO to hold virtual workshop on innovation and access to COVID-19 technologies
A virtual workshop jointly organized by the secretariats of the WTO, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) will explore on 27 September various issues related to innovation in, and access to, COVID-19 related technologies. The event will focus...
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The fourth South-South Dialogue on LDCs and Development: Reinforcing the multilateral trading system for development
Keynote address by DG Okonjo-Iweala
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Sweden donates CHF 2 million to help developing countries strengthen negotiating skills
The government of Sweden has contributed SEK 19,200,000 (approximately CHF 2 million) in 2021 to help developing countries and least-developed countries (LDCs) play a more active role in multilateral trade negotiations. This donation to the WTO's Global Trust Fund will finance training and other...
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