- Transition 2021 Series: A Gathering Storm—The Future of U.S.-North Korea PolicyOur panelists discuss the future of the U.S. relationship with North Korea under the Biden administration, including the country’s nuclear capabilities and ambitions, and China’s role in the peninsula. The Transition 2021 series examines the major issues confronting the administration in the foreign policy arena.
- Think Global, Write Local
- Academic Webinar: Should We Stay or Should We Go? America's Role in the Middle EastF. Gregory Gause III, department head and professor of international affairs and John H. Lindsey ’44 Chair at Texas A&M University’s Bush School of Government and Public Service, leads a conversation on America’s role in the Middle East.
- Virtual Roundtable: Can Social Bonds Help Save the World?
- A Conversation With CFR President Richard N. Haass
- World Economic UpdateThe World Economic Update highlights the quarter’s most important and emerging trends. Discussions cover changes in the global marketplace with special emphasis on current economic events and their implications for U.S. policy. This series is presented by the Maurice R. Greenberg Center for Geoeconomic Studies and is dedicated to the life and work of the distinguished economist Martin Feldstein.
- Academic Webinar: Rising to the Climate ChallengeMaria Carmen Lemos, professor of sustainability and development, and climate and energy, and codirector of Great Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessments at University of Michigan’s School for Environment and Sustainability, leads a conversation on environmental policy and climate adaptation.
- The Rise of Christian Nationalism
- CFR Fellows' Book Launch Series Guest Event With Ray TakeyhRay Takeyh discusses his new book, The Last Shah. Offering a new view of one of America's most important and widely misunderstood relationships, The Last Shah significantly revises our understanding of the United States and Iran's complex and difficult history. The CFR Fellows’ Book Launch series highlights new books by CFR fellows.
- One Year Later: Global Health Lessons From 2020On the one-year anniversary of Think Global Health, CFR’s website devoted to global health, our panelists discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we think about the role of global health in shaping economies, societies, and everyday lives. This meeting is cosponsored with CFR’s Global Health Program.
- Mexico: German gunmaker Heckler & Koch allegedly supplied guns to conflict regions in Mexico used by police to kill protestors
- Amnesty Intl. & Share Action call on Greater Manchester Pension Fund to scrutinise human rights records of companies they invest in
- USA: American Express, Visa & MasterCard prevent their cards from being used to pay for sex ads on Backpage.com
- Dem. Rep. of Congo: Global Witness report claims Soco uses secret payments, violence, intimidation & threats to stay in Virunga National Park; Soco denies allegations
- UK: NGOs condemn decision by OECD Natl. Contact Point to reject complaint against G4S over its alleged involvement with Guantanamo Bay
- UK says OECD Guidelines complaint over Bahrain Formula 1 "merits examination"
- NGOs report labour rights abuses at Walmart garment suppliers in Cambodia, India & Indonesia; company denies claims
- Report analyses Nokia's adverse impacts on workers, including in India & Mexico
- Казахстан: Отчет НПО отмечает, что телекоммуникационные компании недостаточно внимания уделяют правам человека
- Costa Rica: Comunidades presentan denuncia contra empresas piñeras por el acceso al agua ante la Comisión Interamericana
Most of the cameras installed in UK government sites appear to be made in China.
Its time the orders were given to a company that is UK based.
Hinkley Point Power Station the other issue- Will it ever get built maybe The Government takes that view.
We will see how we get on with the high powered batteries concept that is built into houses to store wind and solar energy.
- Twelfth Ministerial Conference to take place in Geneva in late 2021WTO members have agreed that the organization’s Twelfth Ministerial Conference (MC12) will take place in the week of 29 November 2021 in Geneva, Switzerland. The timing and venue were endorsed at a meeting of the WTO’s General Council on 1 March.
- This year holds great promise for WTO and multilateral system — DDG WolffSpeaking at a General Council meeting on 1 March, Deputy Director-General Alan Wolff welcomed Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala on her first day as Director-General. He said that 2021 holds great promise for the WTO and looked forward to a very positive future for the organization under DG Okonjo-Iweala’s “forthright and firm leadership in the years ahead”. […]
- DG Okonjo-Iweala: WTO can deliver results if members “accept we can do things differently”Addressing the WTO General Council immediately after taking office on 1 March, Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala called on members to “do things differently” to achieve reforms necessary to keep the WTO relevant, starting with swift action to curb harmful fisheries subsidies, and to help scale up COVID-19 vaccine production and distribution. The new head of the […]
- Civil society call for fishing subsidies deal welcomed by Dr Ngozi and negotiations chairDirector-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala welcomed civil society’s plea for a successful conclusion to the fisheries subsidies negotiations, illustrated through a fish ice sculpture set up by a coalition of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in front of the WTO headquarters on 1 March. Dr Okonjo-Iweala visited the sculpture accompanied by the chair of the negotiations, Ambassador Santiago Wills […]
- DDG Wolff calls on members to work with new Director-General to reform WTOSpeaking to heads of WTO member delegations on 25 February, Deputy Director-General Alan Wolff urged them to build on their warm welcome for incoming Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala by working with her to deliver much-needed reforms to the WTO. “Enthusiasm, optimism and hope need to be translated into concrete action” to enhance global trade’s contribution “to […]
- Japan gives CHF 160,000 to help developing countries strengthen negotiating skill-setJapan has contributed over CHF 160,000 in 2021 to help build the trading capacities of developing countries and least-developed countries (LDCs). This donation to the WTO’s DDA Global Trust Fund will finance training workshops aimed at helping government officials to better understand and implement WTO agreements and improve their negotiating capacities.
- WTO members hold February cluster of meetings for fisheries subsidies negotiationsThe Negotiating Group on Rules concluded another cluster of fisheries subsidies meetings on 19 February. During the week-long series of meetings members discussed special and differential treatment for developing and least-developed country members, rules for how panels should handle fisheries subsidies disputes, and provisions relating to subsidies contributing to overcapacity and overfishing in the draft […]
- Members discuss TRIPS waiver request, exchange views on IP role amid a pandemicAt a formal meeting of the Council for Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) on 23 February 2021, WTO members continued their discussions on a proposal for a temporary waiver of certain TRIPS obligations in response to COVID-19. While members were unable to reach a decision on the proposal, the discussions highlighted a number […]
- Japan supports EIF to help poorest countries recover from COVID 19, expand trade capacityJapan has contributed over USD 81,000 (approximately CHF 72,000) to the Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF) in 2021 to help least-developed countries (LDCs) use trade to combat the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Pakistan appeals panel report regarding duties on BOPP film from the UAEPakistan notified the Dispute Settlement Body on 22 February of its decision to appeal the panel report in the case brought by the United Arab Emirates in “Pakistan — Anti-Dumping Measures on Biaxially Oriented Polypropylene Film from the United Arab Emirates” (DS538). The panel report was circulated to WTO members on 18 January
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