WTO

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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G20 Summit Preparations Focus on Green Growth [viewed]

6 October 2011: Federal Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel, and the Heads of five international agencies met in Berlin, Germany, on 6 October 2011, to call for coordinated policy action to restore confidence and improve sustainable and balanced growth and employment prospects ahead of the G20 Summit to be held in Cannes, France, on 3-4 November 2011. 

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Event: Durban Trade and Climate Change Symposium [viewed]

The International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) is co-organising the Durban Trade and Climate Change Symposium together with the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the Department of Trade and Industry of the Republic of South Africa.  

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WTO Public Forum Discusses Eco-Innovation, Carbon Accounting and Green Growth [viewed]

21 September 2011: The World Trade Organization (WTO) Public Forum 2011 highlighted the relevance of food security for the trade and development agenda, as well as the need for eco-innovation and support for green growth.

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WTO Director-General Speaks on Multilateral Economic System of the Future [viewed]

6 September 2011: In a speech on the multilateral trading system of the future, World Trade Organization (WTO) Director-General Pascal Lamy highlighted that the boundaries between climate change and trade policies are increasingly blurred.

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WTO Establishes First Dispute Settlement Panel on Renewable Energy Subsidies [viewed]

20 July 2011: The World Trade Organization (WTO) Dispute Settlement Mechanism has established a Panel to arbitrate in the Japan vs. Canada case on measures applied to Canada's renewable energy sector.

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