- UN human rights chief has concerns in Indonesia, PNG and Fiji14 February 2018 Following his visits to Fiji, Papua New Guinea and Indonesia, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights...highlighted a range of deep concerns in these countries...
- NZ would be shocked by modern-day slavery numbers - researcher9 February 2018 An estimated 1000 people are trapped in modern-day slavery in New Zealand and more needs to be done about it, academic Glenn Simmons says. Mr Simmons, from the University of Auckland, helped research a paper into migrant exploitation in New Zealand in 2016. He told Morning Report modern-day slavery was much more […]
- New Zealand: Restaurant workers treated like modern-day slaves - judge8 February 2018 Working and living conditions of some workers at a Filipino restaurant were not far removed from a modern-day form of slavery, an Auckland District Court judge says...The exploitation of workers...was raised with Immigration New Zealand after one worker raised concerns with the Philippines Consulate... Owners Luisito and Virgil Balajadia were sentenced at […]
- México: PepsiCo se compromete a mejorar su cadena de suministro de aceite de palma“México tiene potencial productivo: PepsiCo”, 10 de febrero de 2018 …Para la transnacional PepsiCo, el sureste de México es un mercado importante por su gran potencial para la producción del aceite de palma, por lo que se mantendrán pendientes de su desarrollo y evolución…PepsiCo cuenta con un programa de aceite de palma sostenible, que apunta […]
- México: Según datos de ONG la mitad de jornaleros agrícolas migrantes son niños“Casi la mitad de jornaleros migrantes son menores de edad, informa Tlachinollan”, 14 de febrero de 2018 …El Centro de Derechos Humanos de La Montaña Tlachinollan, dio a conocer que casi la mitad del porcentaje de personas que migraron la temporada 2017-2018 a los campos agrícolas son menores de edad…En sus cifras detalla que 42 […]
- Samsung reciclará cobalto de celulares y así no depender de la minería en Rep. Dem. del Congo que ha causado problemas sociales“Reciclarán el cobalto de celulares usados para fabricar baterías”, 13 de febrero de 2018 …Samsung SDI, una filial de Samsung Electronics, proveedora de baterías para fabricantes de automóviles, planea reciclar el cobalto de los teléfonos móviles usados. La dependencia de la explotación del mineral en República del Congo ya ha generado problemas sociales en la […]
- Costa Rica: Empresarios de la Cámara de Comercio Diversa promueven respeto a derechos LGBTI“Julio César Calvo: Empresas inclusivas son más rentables para la economía”, 14 de febrero de 2018 …Incentivar al mayor número de empresas para que sean más diversas y respeten los derechos de la población lesbiana, gais, bisexuales y trans (LGTBI), es el objetivo de la Cámara de Comercio Diversa. Esta agrupación se creó en 2015 […]
- Jordan: Job centre opens for Syrian refugees in Azraq camp"First job centre opens at Azraq refugee camp", 19 February 2018 The International Labour Organisation (ILO) and UNHCR on Sunday opened the first centre for employment at the Azraq refugee camp, aimed at facilitating access for the camp’s population to official work opportunities in Jordan... [T]he Azraq Centre for Employment (ACE) will allow refugees to obtain […]
- Thailand uses optical scanning technology to ensure fishermen stay on boats they are registered to curb slave labour & human trafficking"Thailand to scan eyes of workers in notorious seafood industry", 16 February 2018 Thailand is using optical scanning technology to keep track of who is working on its fishing boats…as the kingdom tries to curb slave labour and human trafficking that has riddled the low-paid industry. The lucrative fishing business is the fourth largest in […]
- Cambodia: Villagers refusing relocation for Sesan II Dam see their homes, schools, pagodas, & farm lands flooded"'Our pain is like an ocean'", 16 February 2017 “Our entire village inundated, but no one leaves there. We were born here, so we agree to die here,” sang Set Nhal, an elderly resident of Kbal Romeas…. Kbal Romeas and nearby Srekor were flooded late last year after the Lower Sesan II Dam officially came […]
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- Azevêdo joins ACP brainstorming session: ‘we need to explore innovative ways forward’Speaking at a meeting of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) at the WTO’s headquarters on 15 February, Director-General Roberto Azevêdo urged members to be ready to explore fresh perspectives and new pathways which may help move negotiations forward at the WTO. He also underlined the importance of development and the needs […]
- DDG Wolff: Standards have central role to play in assisting growth of world trading systemSpeaking at a meeting of the World Standards Cooperation in Geneva on 15 February, Deputy Director-General Alan Wolff discussed what international standards bodies can do to support the growth of the world trading system. He suggested several lines of action, including improving coherence between international standards, and highlighted the need to spread the message that […]
- Trade Policy Review: MalaysiaThe seventh review of the trade policies and practices of Malaysia takes place on 14 and 16 February 2018. The basis for the review is a report by the WTO Secretariat and a report by the Government of Malaysia.
- DG Azevêdo in UAE: Global economy is evolving, we need to adaptWTO Director-General Roberto Azevêdo visited Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) this week (12 —13 February) to participate in the World Government Summit. On 12 February, he took part in the high-level panel on ‘the future of trade and globalization’, which was held in partnership with the WTO. He also gave a keynote intervention […]
- Trade growth to sustain momentum in first quarter of 2018, latest trade indicator suggestsThe WTO’s latest World Trade Outlook Indicator (WTOI), released on 12 February, suggests that the trade recovery of 2017 should continue, with solid trade volume growth in the first quarter of 2018. The WTOI’s current value of 102.3 is little changed from the 102.2 recorded last November, indicating steady merchandise trade volume growth. Strong results […]
- WTO members consider India’s request for compliance panel in dispute over solar cellsAt a 9 February special meeting of the Dispute Settlement Body (DSB), WTO members considered India’s request for a panel to be established to examine India’s compliance with the recommendations and rulings of the DSB in a dispute over India’s domestic content requirements for solar cells and solar modules. The United States did not agree […]
- Director-General welcomes new cohort of WTO young professionalsDirector-General Roberto Azevêdo welcomed the 2018 cohort of WTO young professionals on 8 February. The 15 participants of the Young Professionals Programme will spend a year in the WTO Secretariat to learn about the organization’s work and contribute to its activities.
- Estonia donates EUR 20,000 to help developing countries fully participate in global tradeThe government of Estonia is contributing EUR 20,000 (approximately CHF 23,000) to help government officials from developing countries gain a better understanding of WTO agreements and improve their negotiating skills.
- Bosnia and Herzegovina’s WTO accession negotiations advance towards conclusionAt the 13th meeting of the Working Party on the Accession of Bosnia and Herzegovina held on 7 February, WTO members supported the swift conclusion of the negotiations and welcomed the strong commitment and desire by Sarajevo to finalize this process in the coming months. Bosnia and Herzegovina started its accession negotiations to the WTO […]
- EU requests WTO consultations with Russia on compliance with pig products rulingThe European Union has requested WTO consultations with the Russian Federation to discuss Russian measures affecting imports of live pigs and pork products from the EU. The EU contends the measures effectively maintain import restrictions that were earlier found to be inconsistent with WTO rules. The request was circulated to WTO members on 7 February.
- The Brexit regulation debate pits short-term disruption against future prosperityOpen Europe's Henry Newman argues if the UK doesn’t have the ability to decide its own rules in key areas, the Government will have sacrificed future prosperity to minimise short-term disruption.The post The Brexit regulation debate pits short-term disruption against future prosperity appeared first on Open Europe.
- Government must make clear what it wants in future relationship with EUFollowing the fallout from Chancellor Philip Hammond's comments that he hopes Britain’s relationship with EU will move “very modestly apart”, Open Europe's Aarti Shankar tells Sky News' All Out Politics that the government must be clearer in it's vision.The post Government must make clear what it wants in future relationship with EU appeared first on […]
- UK-France summit setting roadmap for future relationshipAhead of the 35th UK-France summit, Open Europe's Aarti Shankar tells CNBC that the meeting is not about quick resolutions, but will set the roadmap for what we can expect from the Franco-British relationship in the futureThe post UK-France summit setting roadmap for future relationship appeared first on Open Europe.
- The view from Brussels: how do think tanks in Brussels see Brexit talks unfolding in 2018?Before the New Year, we hosted an Open Europe “think tank roundtable” in Brussels, gathering think tanks, industry representatives, NGOs and other observers who are dealing with Brexit to share their analysis about the ongoing Brexit negotiations. Open Europe’s Brussels representative Pieter Cleppe presents a summary of the discussion.The post The view from Brussels: how […]
- EU regained confidence but it should not get complacentOpen Europe's Leopold Traugott tells Voice of America that even though the threat of a Brexit domino effect has decreased the EU should not get complacent with the migration crisis and the instability of the eurozone.The post EU regained confidence but it should not get complacent appeared first on Open Europe.
- Beyond the Westminster Bubble: What people really think about immigrationOpen Europe's new report, Beyond the Westminster Bubble, finds that the public do want greater control over immigration, but they prefer a flexible system to a flat reduction in numbers.The post Beyond the Westminster Bubble: What people really think about immigration appeared first on Open Europe.
- Lord Wolfson: We are over the first Brexit hurdle…now we want free trade with the EUOpen Europe Chairman Lord Wolfson writes in The Sun that now the UK has made 'sufficient progress' in the Brexit negotiations we can start discussing the more important issues of trade and future relationsThe post Lord Wolfson: We are over the first Brexit hurdle…now we want free trade with the EU appeared first on Open […]
- Rand suggests little difference between a CETA and EEA model for the British economyA new study by US think tank Rand examining the impact of different Brexit scenarios for the UK economy, suggests that the row over whether the UK should opt for a CETA or EEA-style Brexit is less about economics than politics.The post Rand suggests little difference between a CETA and EEA model for the British […]
- Europe reacts to EU giving UK green light on ‘sufficient progress’ – classic EU fudge or substantive advance?After much anticipation the EU gave the UK the green light and said it had made 'sufficient progress' in the first phase of the Brexit negotiations, Open Europe's Marta Vokshi takes a look at how the agreement is being viewed on the Continent.The post Europe reacts to EU giving UK green light on ‘sufficient progress’ […]
- What next after sufficient progress?The European Commission today declared that "sufficient progress" has been achieved in the first stage of Brexit talks. Open Europe's Stephen Booth analyses the contents of today's joint UK-EU report and considers what happens next in negotiations. The post What next after sufficient progress? appeared first on Open Europe.