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WTO Trade and Environment Committee Discusses Carbon Footprint Labels [viewed]

World Trade Organization (WTO)20 June 2013: At a recent meeting, the members of the Committee on Trade and Environment (CTE) of the World Trade Organization (WTO) exchanged information on and discussed experiences in product carbon footprint and labeling schemes.

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Brazilian Diplomat Succeeds Pascal Lamy as WTO Head [viewed]

Ambassador Roberto Carvalho de Azevêdo (Brazil)14 May 2013: Following extensive informal consultations among members of the World Trade Organization (WTO), the WTO General Council has approved the appointment of Ambassador Roberto Carvalho de Azevêdo (Brazil) as the next Director-General of the WTO. Azevêdo will take office on 1 September 2013.

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UNEP Report Analyzes Green Economy and Trade Opportunities in Developing Countries [viewed]

UNEP8 May 2013: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a report, titled 'Green Economy and Trade: Trends, Challenges and Opportunities,' which argues that an increase in trade in environmental goods and services and certified products can stimulate the transition to a green economy, while such a transition can create further opportunities for increased trade in such products and services.

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ECOSOC, BWIs Discuss Coordination to Advance Post-2015 Agenda [viewed]

ECOSOC22 April 2013: A high-level meeting on "Coherence, coordination and cooperation in the context of financing for development and the post-2015 development agenda" brought together the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) to discuss the global economic and financial crisis and its impact on financing for development.

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FAO Launches New FAOSTAT Website [viewed]

FAODecember 2012: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released a new interface for FAOSTAT, providing a new easy platform for food and agriculture statistics. FAOSTAT includes raw data, analyses and tools to compare data across a series of thematic areas. The data cover 245 countries and 35 regions from 1961 to the present. 

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Event: WTO Public Forum 2012 [viewed]

The World Trade Organization (WTO) Public Forum 2012 will focus on the question: “Is multilateralism in crisis?” and will provide an opportunity for civil society participants to analyze the state of multilateralism and assess whether it is in crisis, considering both the Doha Round deadlock and WTO activities that work well. The Forum will address the following: formulating new approaches to multilateral trade opening in areas such as trade facilitation; addressing 21st-century issues and identifying areas in need of new regulations; and looking at the role of non-state actors in strengthening the multilateral trading system.  

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ECOSOC Meeting Considers Intersection between Green Growth, Equity and Job Creation [viewed]

13 March 2012: The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) held a special high-level meeting with the Bretton Woods institutions, the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), which highlighted the intersection between green growth, equity and job creation.

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WTO Opens Session on Renewable Energy Generation Dispute [viewed]

18 January 2012: At the request of the parties in the dispute between Canada and Japan on Certain Measures Affecting the Renewable Energy Generation Sector (DS412), the World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute settlement panel has agreed to start its first substantive meeting with the parties and third parties with a session open to public viewing at WTO Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.

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Event: Special High-level Meeting of ECOSOC with the Bretton Woods Institutions, WTO and UNCTAD [viewed]

The Special high-level meeting of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) with the Bretton Woods Institutions (International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank), the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) will analyze issues of common concern, related to the global economy and sustainable development. Pursuant to ECOSOC resolutions 2011/38, 2010/26 and 2009/30, the overall theme of the meeting will be “Coherence, coordination and cooperation in the context of Financing for Development”.  

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IFPRI Study Confirms Concerns over Land-use Change Effects of EU Biofuel Policies [viewed]

4 November 2011: A new study by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), a centre of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), analyzes the question of indirect land-use change (ILUC) in relation to the EU's Renewable Energy Directive. It finds that ILUC issues are a valid concern, but that the impact depends on the type of feedstock crop used as well as other factors such liberalization of international trade in biofuels.

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