- Colombia: Afro-Colombians continue to be targets of systematic violence, largely due to the expansion of extractive industries in their territories“For Afro-Colombians, the 2016 Peace Treaty Brought No Peace”, 23rd May 2019 …November 2016 should have marked a watershed moment in Colombia’s bloody history, as it is the date when the Colombian government signed a final peace accord with the FARC…after more than half a century of war. And yet, since that date Colombia has […]
- Mexico: Chinese tech companies move their production from the US to avoid tariffs and to benefit from cheaper labour costs“Latin American technology production appears to benefit from trade war”, 18th May 2019 …At least four Chinese companies have invested in Mexico’s border city of Tijuana since the start of this year…Allured by Mexico’s proximity to Silicon Valley and a plethora of developers who are willing to work across Latin America for smaller wages than […]
- Latin America: China continues to invest in infrastructure projects which allegedly negatively impact the environment and indigenous communities“Where China is most heavily investing in Latin America”, 15th May 2019 …Since 2005, China has poured over $141 billion in loans into the Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) region. This is more than lending from the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the CAF Development Bank of Latin America combined. China is […]
- Brazil: Previous National Environmental Ministers warn against threats facing the Amazon under Bolsonaro’s administration“Bolsonaro’s environmental negligence goes from bad to worse”, 16th May 2019 …Brazil withdrew its offer to host a United Nations Latin America and Caribbean climate week that was due to be held this August in the city of Salvador. Bolsonaro’s current Environment Minister Ricardo Selles told national daily O Globo that it “didn’t make sense […]
- Equateur : Une cour donne raison aux Waorani et demande au gouvernement de les consulter avant toute vente liée à l’extraction de ressources souterraines« Une tribu amazonienne sauve des millions d’hectares de forêt tropicale après avoir gagné une bataille devant les tribunaux contre les grandes entreprises pétrolières », 22 mai 2019 ...Le peuple Waorani n’a pas baissé les bras ; il a résisté aux actions frauduleuses du gouvernement devant les tribunaux ; et récemment, en avril, la tribu a gagné […]
- France : Le gouvernement rejette le projet de mine Montagne d'Or pour cause d'incompatibilité avec la protection de l'environnement"«Montagne d'or» en Guyane: Jugé «incompatible» avec l'environnement, le gouvernement abandonne le projet", 23 mai 2019 Clap de fin pour le très controversé projet industriel d'extraction aurifère en Guyane, Montagne d'Or. Le gouvernement a rejeté jeudi le projet, point de crispation entre les partisans d’un développement économique du territoire et les associations environnementales qui restent […]
- Guatemala: ONU señala a los conflictos sobre la tierra y los recursos naturales como motivo de los ataques en contra de personas defensoras de derechos humanos“Situación de las personas defensoras de derechos humanos en Guatemala: Entre el compromiso y la adversidad: Informe conjunto de la Procuraduría de los Derechos Humanos y la Oficina del Alto Comisionado de las Naciones Unidas para los Derechos Humanos en Guatemala”, junio 2019 …En Guatemala, las personas defensoras de derechos humanos desempeñan un papel fundamental […]
- Thai company Thammakaset must stop harassment of human rights defenders who expose labour rights abuses - NGOs
- Europawahl: NGO-Forderungen, Unternehmensappelle, 'Wirtschaft & Menschenrechte' in Wahlprogrammen
Second Referendum is our only hope
The Election failed to show us any way forward.We are now in a worse situation.
We have to reconsider our situation and ask the public to reconsider their situation NOW before we negotiate with the EU
We need to have another referendum.
We also need to state on the voting document
If we vote out it will make us poorer.
If we vote in our economy will be better
- Items proposed for consideration at the next meeting of Dispute Settlement BodyThe WTO Secretariat has circulated a meeting notice and list of items proposed for the next meeting, on 28 May 2019, of the Dispute Settlement Body, which consists of all WTO members and oversees legal disputes among them. The meeting notice is circulated in the form of a document officially called an “airgram”.
- Azevêdo: E-commerce must be a force for inclusionSpeaking at a meeting of the OECD Ministerial Council in Paris on 23 May, Director-General Roberto Azevêdo highlighted that advances in technology are changing the way we trade and do business today, facilitating trade in digital products and services. Noting the rapid growth in e-commerce and its potential, he also underlined challenges, such as the […]
- Azevêdo urges ministers’ action on systemic issues and to intensify fisheries subsidies workSpeaking at an informal ministerial meeting on 23 May organised by the Australian government in the margins of the OECD meetings in Paris, Director-General Roberto Azevêdo urged ministers to address systemic challenges and advance negotiating work in parallel. He warned that current progress on fisheries subsidies would need to intensify if there was to be […]
- WTO opens its doors to the public on 16 JuneOn Sunday 16 June, the WTO will welcome the public to its headquarters in Geneva. The 2019 WTO Open Day will give visitors the chance to find out more about the work of the WTO, to explore its historic building and to enjoy a full range of activities that will take place on the lakeside […]
- DG Azevêdo: Business community provides energy and ideas to help progress at WTOAt a meeting organized in Paris by the Mouvement des Entreprises de France (MEDEF) and the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) on 22 May 2019, Director-General Roberto Azevêdo provided an update on the state of play in global trade and on discussions about the reform of the WTO. He welcomed the positive engagement of the […]
- Trade Policy Review: Trinidad and TobagoThe fourth review of the trade policies and practices of Trinidad and Tobago takes place on 22 and 24 May 2019. The basis for the review is a report by the WTO Secretariat and a report by the Government of Trinidad and Tobago.
- DDG Wolff: Now is a time of opportunity for the world trading systemIn a speech to the AIG Global Forum in Rotterdam on 21 May, Deputy Director-General Alan Wolff said that at a time of “stress” for the trading system, now is the opportunity to adapt the system to current realities and to prepare it to meet future challenges. He stressed that to respond to the G20 […]
- DG Azevêdo: A system of rules-based trade is essential for growth and developmentIn an address to the French National Assembly in Paris on 21 May 2019, Director-General Roberto Azevêdo said that the multilateral trading system has proven to be essential for supporting growth and development globally. He acknowledged France’s vocal support for the trading system and stressed the importance of maintaining and strengthening the system so that […]
- Trade weakness to extend into second quarter, WTO indicator suggestsWorld trade growth is likely to remain weak into the second quarter of 2019 according to the WTO’s latest World Trade Outlook Indicator (WTOI), released on 20 May. The new WTOI reading is 96.3, exactly as it was in the previous release in February this year, maintaining the weakest level since 2010.
- WTO members discuss how to narrow down issues in fisheries subsidies negotiationsAt the 17 May meeting of the Negotiating Group on Rules, heads of WTO member delegations discussed how to accelerate progress in the negotiations on fisheries subsidies with roughly seven months left to meet the end-2019 target for an agreement. Several members called for a draft text of the agreement to be prepared before the […]
- How will the UK’s participation in the European Parliament elections affect the EU?The UK’s unexpected participation in the European Parliament elections has already had a significant impact on domestic politics. However, as Open Europe’s Dominic Walsh points out, the election of British MEPs will also have consequences for the EU. The post How will the UK’s participation in the European Parliament elections affect the EU? appeared first […]
- Open Europe’s Pieter Cleppe discusses level playing field provisions after BrexitOpen Europe's Pieter Cleppe gave evidence to the House of Commons Exiting the EU select committee on 15 May. Below is a brief summary of the session.The post Open Europe’s Pieter Cleppe discusses level playing field provisions after Brexit appeared first on Open Europe.
- How did the Brexit process unfold?Open Europe's Dominic Walsh features in Global News Canada's explainer of the Brexit process.The post How did the Brexit process unfold? appeared first on Open Europe.
- Even after the extension, Brexit options remain the sameOpen Europe's David Shiels discusses Brexit developments on RTE News Prime Time programme on 11 April.The post Even after the extension, Brexit options remain the same appeared first on Open Europe.
- European press reacts to ‘Halloween Brexit’After the emergency European Council agreed on a 'flexible' Article 50 extension until 31 October, Open Europe reviews European press reactions to yet another Brexit delay.The post European press reacts to ‘Halloween Brexit’ appeared first on Open Europe.
- New Open Europe poll on forthcoming European Parliamentary electionsA new Open Europe poll conducted by Hanbury Strategy reveals current voting intentions for the 2019 European Parliamentary elections.The post New Open Europe poll on forthcoming European Parliamentary elections appeared first on Open Europe.
- Is Theresa May moving towards a softer Brexit?Appearing on Sky News on 3 April, Open Europe's Stephen Booth discusses Theresa May's plan to hold talks with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn on Brexit.The post Is Theresa May moving towards a softer Brexit? appeared first on Open Europe.
- Indicative Votes II: the options explainedMPs will today partake in a second round of ‘indicative votes’ on various Brexit options. Open Europe’s Dominic Walsh explains the motions tabled by MPs and assesses their negotiability with the EU.The post Indicative Votes II: the options explained appeared first on Open Europe.
- What does the DUP’s statement mean for Brexit?The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) has said it will not support the Withdrawal Agreement. Open Europe's David Shiels looks at the implications of the party's statement.The post What does the DUP’s statement mean for Brexit? appeared first on Open Europe.
- How negotiable are the pathways outlined by the options for indicative votes?MPs will take part in “indicative votes” on various Brexit options today. The Speaker has selected eight different motions for indicative voting. Open Europe’s Dominic Walsh assesses how negotiable each option would be with the EU.The post How negotiable are the pathways outlined by the options for indicative votes? appeared first on Open Europe.