woensdag 15 september 2021

WTO: Momentum rising in WTO discussions on plastics trade, DDG Paugam notes at high-level event

Momentum rising in WTO discussions on plastics trade, DDG Paugam notes at high-level event
WTO members' interest in addressing the environmental implications of plastics trade has intensified in recent years, leading to a better understanding of how trade policies can be better directed towards supporting a transition to a sustainable plastics economy, Deputy Director-General Jean-Marie...
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DDG Paugam: Trade policy must be mobilized for promoting a sustainable ocean economy
Trade policy and the WTO are important facets of international efforts towards a sustainable ocean economy and should be harnessed more to protect marine ecosystems, Deputy Director-General Jean Marie Paugam said on 7 September in his remarks at the close of the International Union for...
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Ukraine launches safeguard investigation on PVC profile
On 8 September 2021, Ukraine notified the WTO's Committee on Safeguards that it initiated on 1 September 2021 a safeguard investigation on PVC (polyvinyl chloride) profile.
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Korea contributes CHF 290,000 to help developing countries participate in global trade
The Republic of Korea has contributed CHF 290,000 to support the WTO's efforts to help developing countries improve their trading capacity and participate fully in global trade negotiations. This donation to the WTO's Global Trust Fund will finance training workshops aimed at helping government...
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Agriculture negotiations chair says progress on new draft text depends on WTO members
Progress in the agriculture negotiations depends on the willingness of WTO members to achieve it, the chair of the negotiations said at a meeting on 7-8 September. The informal meeting of the Committee on Agriculture in Special Session was the first opportunity for members to discuss a new draft...
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WTO announces winners of 2021 Essay Award for Young Economists
The winners of the 2021 WTO Essay Award for Young Economists are Tomas Dominguez-Iino of New York University and Swapnika Rachapalli of the University of Toronto, who were ranked in equal first place by the Selection Panel. They will share the prize of CHF 5,000. The winners were announced at a...
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Media accreditation for 12th Ministerial Conference is now open
Members of the media who wish to attend the WTO's 12th Ministerial Conference to be held in Geneva, Switzerland, from 30 November to 3 December 2021 can now apply for accreditation . The deadline for receiving applications is 16 November 2021 (midnight, Central European Time).
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Investment facilitation talks address S&DT;, technical assistance and sustainable investment
At a negotiating meeting of the structured discussions on investment facilitation for development on 7-8 September 2021, participating members discussed recent proposals on special and differential treatment (S&DT) for developing and least developed country (LDC) members, technical assistance and capacity building, cross-border cooperation, sustainable investment and home-country obligations. Delegates also heard the reports of the discussion group facilitators on "scope" and "facilitation of the entry and temporary stay of business persons for investment purposes". Members welcomed Peru following its decision to participate in this joint initiative.
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Public Forum programme is now available
This year's Public Forum, entitled "Trade Beyond COVID-19: Building Resilience", will feature 102 sessions from 28 September to 1 October. All sessions will be organized by WTO member governments, businesses, non-governmental organizations, academia and international organizations and will be...
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WTO joins partners to deliver online capacity-building course on trade and public health
With a special focus on an integrated response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the WTO delivered the first virtual, multidisciplinary capacity building programme for government officials on trade and public health from 3 May to 30 June 2021 . Almost 90 per cent of registered participants successfully completed the course, demonstrating a high level of learning accomplishment.
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