Environmental Damages, Environmental Reparations, and the Right to a Healthy Environment: The ICJ Compensation Judgment in Costa Rica v. Nicaragua and the IACtHR Advisory Opinion on Marine Protection for the Greater Caribbean

On 2 February 2018, the International Court of Justice issued a landmark judgment on compensation for environmental damages in Certain Activities Carried Out By Nicaragua in the Border Area (Costa Rica v. Nicaragua), Compensation Owed by th...Read More

UN Environment And WTO Launch Dialogue On Healthier Environments Through Trade

The two leaders underscored the urgency of facilitating a dialogue among all stakeholders to identify ways of ensuring that trade and environment policies are mutually supportive. At the same time, they recognized that any meaningful action...Read More

Argentina Ratifies The Trade Facilitation Agreement

Argentina’s WTO ambassador Hector Marcelo Cima submitted his country’s instrument of acceptance to WTO Director-General Roberto Azevêdo on 22 January. Argentina is the 128th WTO member to have done so. “Argentina’s ratification of the Trade...Read More

Structural Reforms And Firms Productivity Evidence From Developing Countries

This paper assesses the effects of selected structural reforms on labor productivity growth for 37 developing countries over 2006-14. It combines newly constructed reform indexes using the International Monetary Fund’s Monitoring of Fund Ar...Read More

Western Sahara before the CJEU

Just a quick heads-up to our readers that yesterday Advocate General Wathelet of the Court of Justice of the EU delivered his opinion in Case C‑266/16, Western Sahara Campaign UK, The Queen v Commissioners for Her Majesty’s Revenue and Cust...Read More

UN Environment And WHO Agree To Major Collaboration On Environmental Health Risks

10 January 2018 | Nairobi –UN Environment and WHO have agreed a new, wide-ranging collaboration to accelerate action to curb environmental health risks that cause an estimated 12.6 million deaths a year. Today in Nairobi, Mr Erik Solheim, h...Read More

Statement On Behalf Of The UN Special Envoy For Syria, Staffan De Mistura

22 December 2017 Special Envoy de Mistura attended today the Astana meeting, which was hosted very effectively by President Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan and organised under the auspices of the three guarantors of the 30 December 2016 ceasefire ...Read More

EU Gives EUR 1 Million To Enhance Trading Skills Of Developing Countries

The EU’s donation to the WTO’s Doha Development Agenda Global Trust Fund will finance training workshops for officials in Geneva and elsewhere to help them better understand and implement WTO agreements and to enhance their negotiating skil...Read More

Lithuania Donates EUR 26,000 To Enhance Trading Capacity Of Developing Countries

WTO Director-General Roberto Azevêdo said: “I welcome Lithuania’s generosity. This support is vital for our work to help developing and least-developed countries increase their knowledge and understanding of trade issues to help them connec...Read More

Continued Polluting ‘Inexcusable’, Says Secretary-General, Telling United Nations Environment Assembly To Sound Alarm, Urge Action By Governments

Following is UN Secretary‑General António Guterres’ message to the 2017 United Nations Environment Assembly of the United Nations Environment Programme, in Nairobi today:

Trade Policy Review Body: Overview Of Developments In The International Trading Environment

Remarks by DG Azevêdo Chair, Ambassador Juan Carlos Gonzalez, Excellencies, Ladies and gentlemen, Good morning. I am pleased to join you today. This is always an important occasion. Even in this busy period as we finalise our preparations f...Read More


30 November 2017 Statement marking anniversary of UN Declaration on Right to Development GENEVA, 30 November 2017 (Issued as received) – A group of UN human rights specialists* have issued an urgent call for action to ensure a future based ...Read More

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