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Development Policy 26-01-2009

EU to table options for global climate deal

The EU will present proposals on Wednesday (28 January) for an international agreement to replace the Kyoto Protocol on climate change. The bloc is calling for a increase in global investment to 175 billion euro per year by 2020, more than half of which must be spent in developing countries.

EU to tighten controls on illegal timber imports

EU farm ministers have agreed to establish a licensing scheme for imports of timber products as a way to stop illegal logging. But the scheme has drawn criticism for being voluntary only.
Brexit 03-06-2005

In WTO round, EU offers moderate opening of services market

In order to move global trade talks forward, the EU has provided the World Trade Organisation with a detailed, 430-page plan on carefully opening its market for services to developing countries.
Trade & Society 10-03-2004

Interview news: ‘Collective preferences’ is an EU attempt to silence domestic critique, says Vandana

'Collective preferences' is an EU trade policy concept aiming to "silence the critique domestically while increasing the aggression against the South", says Vandana Shiva, development researcher, in an interview with EURACTIV.
Trade & Society 08-03-2004

Full interview with Vandana Shiva on the ills of the world trading system

Vandana Shiva, Director of Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology, Dehra Dun, India, has shared her views with EURACTIV on the EU's emerging proposal to introduce a new principle, that of 'collective preferences', in international trade policy.

“Richer, fatter, and not much happier”

Rising consumption patterns are unsustainable and damaging to both poor and rich countries, says the yearly report by the Worldwatch Institute.
Trade & Society 19-12-2003

Youth summit on globalisation highlights importance of international organisations

Between 10 and 12 December 2003, participants at the World Youth Summit organised by AEGEE, the European Students' Forum, discussed the role of Europe in the light of 'globalisation'.
Global Europe 09-12-2003

Students organise world summit on globalisation

From 10 to 12 December, students from all over the world will gather in the European Parliament to discuss the issue of globalisation and what should be the European responsibilities in the world.

Debate: International framework needed for CSR efforts of multinational companies

A one-day conference on globalisation organised by the Humanitarian Affairs Review focused on the corporate social responsibility (CSR) of multinational companies when investing in developing countries
Trade & Society 18-11-2003

EU citizens favourable to globalisation

The latest Eurobarometer poll found that a majority of EU citizens have a positive attitude towards globalisation, but call for increased regulation.
Development Policy 20-06-2003

Multipolar world or “Pax Americana”? Choices for Europe

The challenges of globalisation after the war on Iraq, and the role of Europe vis-à-vis the new security strategy of the US were on the agenda of a three-day conference in Brussels.

EU stakeholders to discuss the social dimension of globalisation

The European Commission is chairing a seminar on 3-4 February, to discuss with stakeholders how the European model is addressing the challenges of globalisation.
Security 24-01-2003

World and business leaders at Davos worried about Iraq war, global economy

The 2003 World Economic Forum meeting in Davos kicked off on 23 January, with the participants expressing their worries about the threat of a war against Iraq.

World Economic Forum wants to rebuild trust in institutions

Finding an answer on how to rebuild the public's trust in political institutions and business companies is the main challenge of the 2003 World Economic Forum meeting in Davos.

Powerful international organisations need to be more accountable

In a comparative report on accountability, published in January 2003, a British think tank finds that IGOs and TNCs suffer from minority control by member states and investors, respectively. The study also concludes that NGOs provide less online information about their activities than IGOs and TNCs, and only very few of them publish an annual report with financial information.

Johannesburg evaluation debate pleads for “coalition of the willing”

The World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg was the object of a trialogue debate at Friends of Europe on 7 October. Although the speakers differed in their evaluation of the Johannesburg outcomes, they all agreed that the development of a coalition between industry, governments and NGOs is the key to further progress on sustainable development.

Wallström: EU can be proud of its performance in Johannesburg

During a corporate breakfast meeting at the Centre for European Studies (CEPS), Commissioner Wallström made a frank assessment of the results of the World Summit on Sustainable Development

Johannesburg: good progress or Summit of Shameful Deals?

The World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg has ended with a political declaration and a Plan of Implementation full of good intentions.

Johannesburg: weak compromise on renewable energies

The negotiators at the Johannesburg Summit managed to hammer out a deal on a substantial increase of renewable energies, but failed to agree on concrete targets

Johannesburg: modest optimism before meeting of Heads of State

Delegates at the World Summit on Sustainable Development were working hard to finalise the last deals before the start of the Heads of State meeting on 2 September

Johannesburg: will NGOs and business find common ground?

A surprise joint press conference by Greenpeace and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development took the limelight on the third day of the Johannesburg Summit

Johannesburg: deal on fishing and row over farm subsidies

During the second day of negotiations at the World Summit on Sustainable Development, a first deal was struck on the issue of protecting fishing stocks from over-fishing.

World Summit on Sustainable Development opened

South-African President Thabo Mbeki opened the Johannesburg Summit on 26 August with a strong plea to abolish "global apartheid". In his opening speech, Mbeki called for a an end to a world political system based on the "survival of the fittest".

Johannesburg: the search for global governance on sustainable development

On 26 August, tens of thousands of delegates from rich and poor countries will be starting a global 10-day Earth Summit in Johannesburg. The European Union delegation is determined to play a leading role in achieving a successful outcome for this Rio+10 Summit.