Bridges Trade BioRes Review

Volume 2 • Number 4 December 2008

  • Poznań: A mandatory pit stop or the fast lane to Copenhagen?
    “Poznań is the half-way mark between Bali and Copenhagen. It represents an important moment for stock-taking. But it also needs to urgently advance negotiations under the Bali Road Map, as well as on-going work.” With these words, Yvo de Boer, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), recently summed up the essence…
  • International Energy Agency outlines climate mitigation scenarios
    The 2008 edition of the International Energy Agency’s World Energy Outlook, released in mid-November, reaffirmed previous predictions about the world’s continued heavy reliance of fossil fuels. The agency somewhat scaled back its projected oil growth rates due to the current recession, and called for urgent action to address climate change. “Current trends in energy supply and…
  • A change for climate change: President-elect Obama’s environmental plan
    Barack Obama was elected the 44th president of the United States in what many observers are calling one of the most important elections in the country’s history. Americans strongly backed Obama and his promises for ‘change’ in the 4 November election. And when it comes to environmental issues, such as climate change and energy, there…
  • Climate change, tourism and services in small island developing economies
    The climate change literature and debate so far has largely focussed on mitigation actions by the main contributors to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and global warming - developed market economies, as well as large industrialising economies like China, India and Brazil. Small Island Developing States (SIDS) are not large contributors to the problem of climate…
  • Enhancing market access for biofuels: What role for environmental goods negotiations?
    The Doha Declaration calls for the reduction or, as appropriate, elimination of tariff and non-tariff barriers to environmental goods and services (Para 31 (iii)). The question arises as to whether this mandate applies to biofuels, which are considered to be environmentally preferable to fossil fuels. The debate on biofuels has to be considered in relation…
  • BioRes Interview: Mexico on US dolphin safe labelling policy on tuna products
    On 24 October, Mexico requested consultation under the  WTO dispute settlement understanding regarding the legality of “dolphin-safe” labels for tuna products in the US. Mexico says these are construed in a way that effectively and unfairly keeps Mexican producers out of the US market. In order to get a better understanding of the issues underlying…
  • Trade issues highlighted at IUCN Congress
    The 2008 meeting of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress - the world’s largest conservation event - saw discussion of a number of trade related issues, including labelling to ensure sustainable trade in medicinal plants, illegal wildlife trade, sustainable tourism and carbon trading. One of the most anticipated events of…
  • Geopiracy: The unjustifiably false attribution of location in the visual arts
    Have you ever seen a movie attributed to one place but filmed in another? Film buffs will recall Tarzan of the Apes (1918) or Gone with the Wind (1939) where, respectively, Morgan City, Louisiana was passed off as Africa and Hollywood, California, the antebellum South. Despite the ease of filming on location today, false attribution…
  • Technology development and transfer in Poznań: A brief overview of proposals to date
    Promoting technology development and transfer has proved an important yet elusive topic in the climate context, as in many other international discussions. It is clear that addressing climate change will require technological innovation and the rapid and widespread transfer of clean technologies. The transfer of environmentally sound technologies to developing countries also has an important…
  • ICTSD Update: Intellectual property and the transfer of climate-related technologies
    While technology is often pointed to as a driving force of greenhouse gas emissions, it is also critical to meeting the challenges of climate change. That is why the development and transfer of technology has now been recognised as an essential aspect of the negotiations towards a post-2012 global climate agreement and it is a…
  • Events
  • Events
    ICTSD Events 2 December, 10:30-12:30. CLIMATE CHANGE MITIGATION TECHNOLOGIES IN THE ENERGY SUPPLY AND BUILDINGS SECTOR: TRADE REALITIES AND IMPLICATIONS FOR ACCESS TO TECHNOLOGIES. Location: EU Pavilion. 5 December, 15:30-17:30. A POST-2012 TECHNOLOGY AND FINANCE FRAMEWORK: OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES. Location: CCTV2. 9 December, 10:00-18:00. CLIMATE CHANGE - THE ROLE OF FOOD AND AGRICULTURAL…
  • Resources
  • Resources
    ICTSD Resources FISHERIES ASPECTS OF ACP-EU INTERIM ECONOMIC PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENTS: TRADE AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IMPLICATIONS. By Liam Campling. ICTSD Fisheries, Trade, and Sustainable Development Series, Issue Paper No. 6 (October 2008). http://ictsd.net/i/publications/33418/ IMPLICATIONS FOR BRAZIL OF THE JULY 2008 DRAFT AGRICULTURAL MODALITIES. By André Meloni Nassar, Cinthia Cabral da…