vrijdag 8 juli 2022

WTO: DDG Ellard discusses significance of multilateralism, MC12 outcomes

DDG Ellard discusses significance of multilateralism, MC12 outcomes
In a panel discussion entitled "New Geography of Trade: Looking into the Future" on 30 June, Deputy Director-General Angela Ellard discussed the benefits of multilateralism and the importance of the WTO's 12th Ministerial Conference (MC12) outcomes. The panel discussion was organized by the...
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WTO Hosts 20th Edition of John H. Jackson Moot Court Competition
The WTO co-hosted the final round of the 20th anniversary edition of the John H. Jackson Moot Court Competition on WTO Law, which took place between 28 June and 2 July. The University of Zurich emerged as the winner of the competition, while Belgium's Katholieke Universiteit Leuven was the...
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DDG Paugam calls for coherent standards, support for small players in transition toward decarbonisation
Global efforts towards decarbonizing value chains and pursuing more sustainable trade will require transparent and comparable standards and methodologies for measurement and traceability of carbon, as well as support to vulnerable players to prevent trade frictions and fragmentation, Deputy...
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TRIPS Council welcomes MC12 TRIPS waiver decision, discusses possible extension
At a meeting of the Council for Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) on 6 July, WTO members welcomed the adoption of the TRIPS waiver decision on COVID-19 vaccines at the 12th Ministerial Conference (MC12) and began discussions on a possible extension to cover the...
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DG Okonjo-Iweala welcomes Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez to the WTO
Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala welcomed Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez to the WTO on 6 July. The two discussed the outcomes achieved at the WTO's recent 12th Ministerial Conference, food insecurity and the conflict in Ukraine, and how to ensure food shipments get to those in need during...
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G20 economies show restraint in use of trade restrictions amidst ongoing instability
G20 economies continued to exercise restraint in the use of trade-restrictive measures despite increasing economic uncertainty aggravated by the COVID-19 pandemic and the war in Ukraine, according to the 27th WTO Trade Monitoring Report on G20 trade measures issued on 7 July. WTO Director-General...
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DG Okonjo-Iweala: "The world expects us to keep delivering"
Speaking at an informal Heads of Delegation meeting on 7 July, WTO Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala welcomed the "Geneva package" concluded at the 12th Ministerial Conference (MC12) on 12-17 July but warned WTO members that they should not rest on their laurels. "We showed that we can deliver...
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Aid for Trade Global Review to focus on environment, empowerment and connectivity
This year's Aid for Trade Global Review — to take place from 27 to 29 July — will feature over 50 sessions held in-person at the WTO's headquarters in Geneva or online. Under the theme "Empowering Connected, Sustainable Trade", the Review will examine the opportunities that digital connectivity...
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Members accept Korean-US request for further time for talks on washers safeguard dispute
WTO members agreed at a special meeting of the Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) on 7 July to give Korea and the United States further time to discuss a possible settlement in the dispute initiated by Korea regarding a US safeguard measure on large residential washers.
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Germany commits EUR 150,000 to boost safe food exports from developing countries
Germany's Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture is contributing EUR 150,000 (CHF 148,000) for 2022 to the Standards and Trade Development Facility (STDF) to help developing and least-developed countries (LDCs) meet international food safety, animal and plant health standards for trade. The...
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