- Prospects for Peace in AfghanistanSpeakers discuss the seven-day reduction of violence deal in Afghanistan reached by the Trump administration and the Taliban and the prospects for peace.
- Conference Call: President Trump’s Trip to IndiaSpeakers discuss what to expect from President Trump’s upcoming trip to India, including the latest on negotiations toward a modest trade deal.
- What's Next for U.S. Policy in China?Panelists discuss current U.S. strategy toward China and offer their security, economic, and foreign policy recommendations to address increasing tensions in the relationship.
- Sorensen Distinguished Lecture on the United Nations: Protecting Our Children’s FutureHenrietta Fore discusses the work of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) as well as her priorities and goals for the agency.
- What Is a Moral Foreign Policy?Panelists discuss the influence of ethics in the creation and execution of foreign policy, and how moral choices will affect future issues like the rise of China and transnational threats.
- Freedom of Expression in Crimea: Voices From UkraineA Ukrainian delegation of writers and human rights activists discuss the obstacles they face in their fight for freedom of expression in the region. This meeting is cosponsored with PEN America.
- Religion and Foreign Policy: Bridging the DivideRebecca Linder Blachly, Shaun Casey, and Suhail A. Khan discuss how to best provide policymakers with contextual information as they debate and vote on issues pertaining to religion, with Brie Loskota moderating.
- A Conversation With Amy Klobuchar
- Pro-Democracy Protests in Hong Kong: Perspectives From the Frontlines
- C. Peter McColough Series on International Economics With Richard ClaridaRichard Clarida discusses the U.S. economy and the challenges facing the U.S. Federal Reserve. The C. Peter McColough Series on International Economics brings the world's foremost economic policymakers and scholars to address members on current topics in international economics and U.S. monetary policy. This meeting series is presented by the Maurice R. Greenberg Center for Geoeconomic Studies.
- Australia: Classifying FIFO mining workers as non-essential urged for allegedly putting indigenous communities at risk of COVID-19
- Australia: Union pushes for jobs guarantee & $740 a week minimum wage for other workers during pandemic
- México: Inversionistas y empresarios vinculados a Alsea no han respondido sobre las críticas al programa de ausencia voluntaria
- Chile: Environmental defender, Camila Bustamante Álvarez, received misogynistic attacks and death threats for her activism against the privatisation of water
- Mexico: Environmental defender, Isaac Medardo Herrera, killed for his activism against logging and construction projects
- Peru: Norges Bank Investment Management divests from Alicorp over the violation of indigenous rights and deforestation in palm oil supply chain
- Mexico: President of Grupo Salinas rejects lockdown measures stating they would “bring the economy to a halt” and trigger “crime and chaos”
- South America: The spread of COVID-19 must be analysed through class lines, raising concern for those working in the informal economy
- Brazil: President prioritises the health of the economy over the COVID-19 crisis, rejecting recommended lockdown measures
- Ecuador: Indigenous confederation demands that all oil, mining, hydroelectric and logging companies suspend activities in the Amazon in response to COVID-19
The Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry
The Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry
The Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry (Deutscher Industrie- und Handelskammertag, DIHK) is the central organisation for 79 Chambers of Commerce and Industry, CCI (Industrie- und Handelskammern, IHKs) in Germany. All German companies registered in Germany, with the exception of handicraft businesses, the free professions and farms, are required by law to join a chamber.
Thus, the DIHK speaks for more than three million entrepreneurs. They include not only big companies but also retailers and innkeepers. This gives the association considerable political influence. It does not represent any specific corporate group but all commercial enterprises in Germany.
- WTO members continue efforts to advance agriculture negotiations despite COVID-19 crisisWTO members continue exchanging views on various issues in the agriculture negotiations and the possible options for a positive outcome through written communications while WTO meetings are suspended in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
- DDG Wolff: COVID-19 crisis calls for “unprecedented level” of international cooperationIn a speech delivered to a virtual meeting of the Washington International Trade Association on 26 March, Deputy Director-General Alan Wolff said the COVID-19 pandemic calls for an “unprecedented level” of international cooperation to tackle the crisis. He outlined six priorities the WTO has for meeting the challenge, including providing a cooperative framework for members […]
- DG Azevêdo welcomes G20 pledge on COVID-19 response and economic recoveryWTO Director-General Roberto Azevêdo today (26 March) took part in an extraordinary G20 virtual leaders’ summit on COVID-19. He welcomed the pledge by the Group of 20 major economies to work together to combat the COVID-19 pandemic and “restore confidence, preserve financial stability, revive growth and recover stronger.”
- DG Azevêdo requests WTO members to share information on trade measures related to COVID-19As the WTO ramps up monitoring of the COVID-19 pandemic’s trade implications, Director-General Roberto Azevêdo calls for transparency with regard to trade-related policies introduced to fight the virus.
- WTO sets up dedicated webpage for COVID-19 and tradeThe WTO has set up a dedicated webpage to help governments, business, the media and the public track the latest information on trade-related responses to the COVID-19 outbreak.
- Azevêdo sees sharp fall in trade, calls for global solutions to COVID-19 crisisDirector-General Roberto Azevêdo said cross-border trade and investment flows have a role to play in efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, and will be vital for fostering a stronger recovery once the medical emergency subsides.
- Japan donates CHF 125,000 to help LDCs participate effectively in global tradeJapan has contributed CHF 125,000 in 2020 to enhance 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 for government officials to help them better understand and implement WTO agreements and improve their negotiating skill-set.
- Media, NGO accreditation suspended for 12th Ministerial ConferenceAccreditation for media and non-governmental organizations for the WTO’s 12th Ministerial Conference (MC12) has been suspended, following host country Kazakhstan’s request to revisit the decision to hold MC12 in Nur-Sultan on 8-11 June due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
- WTO members aim to keep up momentum in fisheries subsidies negotiationsWTO members are sustaining efforts to craft new rules against harmful fisheries subsidies despite disruptions posed by the COVID-19 outbreak. Negotiators have been requested to exchange views in writing on two proposals, which will also serve as helpful input for a consolidated text.
- Turkey initiates WTO dispute complaint against EU steel safeguardTurkey has requested WTO dispute consultations with the European Union regarding the EU’s safeguard measures on imported steel products. The request was circulated to WTO members on 19 March.