China and Africa will be an important engine for economic growth in the next 20 years and Europe should seize the opportunity to engage with them strategically and not see them as a threat, WTO Director-General Pascal Lamy said Wednesday (15 May) in Brussels, where he attended the European Business Summit.
There has been much fanfare over the US “pivot to Asia” and the idea has caused consternation in China, and Europe. A pivot back to Europe would have a beneficial effect not only on the transatlantic economy but on the rest of the world, but only if President Barack Obama seizes the historic moment and makes it his legacy, writes Frederick Kempe.
Poor countries have won historic recognition of the plight they face from the ravages of climate change, wringing a pledge from rich nations that they will receive funds to repair the "loss and damage" incurred.
The EU will not commit to renew climate funding which runs out at the year's end ahead of talks at the Doha climate summit, which opens today (26 November). But new climate aid may be announced in the conference’s second week.
All nations will suffer the effects of a warmer world, but the world's poorest countries will suffer most from food shortages, rising sea levels, cyclones and drought, the World Bank’s new report on climate change says.
EXCLUSIVE / The US is considering a funnel of substantive elements of the Doha Climate Summit away from the UN framework and into the Major Economies Forum (MEF), a platform of the world’s largest CO2 emitters, EurActiv has learned.
EU finance ministers must be prepared to give concrete assurances that climate finance will not fall off a cliff in December, but will continue to be provided to support climate action in developing countries, argue Satu Hassi and Wendel Trio.
With the growing interdependence of global economies, the EU’s trading partners cannot let Europe down and have every reason to help lift the continent out of the crisis, because by helping us, “they help themselves,” EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht tells EurActiv in an interview.
Liberalising global agricultural trade without any regulation would threaten global food security as private investment funds would buy huge amounts of land in developing countries and produce for a profit rather than to feed the poor, warned Jacques Carles, founder of French think tank Momagri.
Alice Palmer, Senior Adviser to the Foundation for International Environmental Law and Development (FIELD), and Richard Tarasofsky, head of the Energy, Environment and Development Programme at Chatham House, have written a paper that sets out options for avoiding conflicts and building a positive relationship between international trade and environmental objectives.