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OECD, WTO, ILO, IMF and World Bank Heads Identify Fields for Action [viewed]

28 April 2010: German Chancellor Angela Merkel organized a meeting with the OECD Secretary-General, WTO Director-General, ILO Director-General, IMF Managing Director and World Bank President. The joint press release from the event identifies several fields for action, including green growth and climate change.

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WTO Stocktaking Week Reviews EGS Negotiations [viewed]

26 March 2010: The World Trade Organization's (WTO) Trade Negotiations Committee meeting took place from 22-26 March 2010, in Geneva, Switzerland. This stocktaking week on the status of the Doha negotiations evaluated progress in negotiations on environmental goods and services (EGS).

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Workshop on Challenges for Timber Markets Discusses Trade Measures [viewed]

24 March 2010: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Economic Research and Statistics Division of the World Trade Organization (WTO) organized a workshop titled “Emerging Trade Measures in Timber Markets” on 23 March 2010, in Geneva, Switzerland.

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ECOSOC Holds Special High-Level Meeting [viewed]

19 March 2010: A Special high-level meeting of UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) with the Bretton Woods institutions, the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), took place on 18-19 March 2010, in New York, US, under the theme “Building on Monterrey and Doha: towards achieving the internationally agreed development goals, including the Millennium Development Goals.” During the meeting, participants highlighted climate change as a pressing challenge for international financial institutions.

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WTO Environmental Goods and Services Negotiations Focus on Climate-Friendly Products [viewed]

19 February 2010: The World Trade Organization (WTO) held a Special Session of the Committee on Trade and Environment (CTE-SS) to continue negotiations on the liberalization of environmental goods and services, and noted a renewed focus on liberalizing trade in climate-friendly products, such as solar energy-related parts and components, wind and hydro-electric energy and gas-turbines, natural gas and clean-diesel vehicles, and products used in Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects.

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WTO Seeks Comments on Links Between Trade and Deforestation [viewed]

February 2010: The World Trade Organization (WTO) is providing a discussion forum for stakeholders to present opinions on trade in natural resources, and has invited comments on an article on trade and deforestation.

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Event: Workshop on Emerging Trade Measures in Timber Markets [viewed]

The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)/UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Timber section, in cooperation with the World Trade Organization (WTO), will organize a workshop to discuss tariff and non-tariff trade barriers and emerging trade regulations on timber. Participants will discuss the economic impacts of trade and trade-related measures on timber markets, taking into account the link between trade liberalization and the key challenges facing the forest-based sector, including climate change.  

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WTO Director General at Carleton University: “Climate First, and Trade Second” [viewed]

Wto2 November 2009: In a speech delivered on 2 November 2009, at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, the Director General of the World Trade Organization (WTO), Pascal Lamy, stated that the climate crisis is “urgent, and is a top priority on the international agenda.”

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WTO Public Forum Addresses Conflicts and Coherence between Climate-Change Policies and Trade Rules [viewed]

1 October 2009: The World Trade Organization (WTO) Public Forum featured a panel on climate change policies and trade rules that looked into whether the interpretation of WTO agreements ensures sufficient policy space to adopt effective climate-change measures.

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Five Top UN Officials Urge World Leaders to “Seal the Deal” in Copenhagen [viewed]

© UN14 July 2009: Five top UN officials have added their names to an online petition urging world leaders to “Seal the Deal” on an ambitious new climate change agreement at the 15th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP 15) in Copenhagen, Denmark, this December.

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