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More Trade News in Brief Week 34 (17 – 23 August 2015)

FAO – World Food Prices Hit Lowest Level in Almost Six Years

According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) the prices for global agricultural products in July hit their lowest level since September 2009.

Check here for more: UN agency reports world food prices declining to six-year low .


EPA – The Clean Power Plan

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) unveiled The Clean Power Plan, it aims to cut greenhouse gas emissions from US power stations and it shows the determination of the US to address global warming.

Read more here.


WMO – First Half of 2015 ‘Hottest Six Months on Record”

The United Nations World Meteorological Organization (WMO) reported the globally averaged temperature over land and ocean surfaces was the hottest for such period on record, from January to June 2015.

Find more here.



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News from OECD

* OECD – Climate Deal for 2015
All the OECD’s member countries confirmed their desire to work towards a deal on combating climate change.
Full OECD Ministerial Statement on Climate Change here.
* OECD – Single Global Tax Exchange Standard
The OECD’s 34 member countries endorsed the implementation of a new single global standard on automatic exchange of information.
Read the Declaration on Automatic Exchange of Information in Tax Matters.

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WHO’s Urban Air Quality Database

According to WHO database, about half of the urban population is exposed to air pollution that is at least 2.5 times higher than the recommended levels.
Read the press release on deteriorating air quality.
View the database on the quality of air in cities.

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FAO – Agriculture’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions


For the first time FAO has released its own global estimates of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from agriculture, forestry and other land use (AFOLU), contributing to the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
New FAO estimates of greenhouse gas data show that emissions from agriculture, forestry and fisheries have nearly doubled over the past fifty years and could increase an additional 30 percent by 2050.
Check here and here for more.

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IPCC Report 2014

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued the 2014 report on climate change.
The report, titled Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability states the effects of climate change are already occurring on all continents and across the oceans and the world is not ready for the impacts of climate change.
Download the entire report from here.

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News from EU

* Emissions Trading Scheme for Aviation
The Presidency of the Council and representatives of the European Parliament have agreed on a draft regulation amending the EU Emissions trading scheme (ETS) directive (2003/87/EC).
Read more here.
* European Maritime Safety Agency
The Council and European Parliament reached a compromise on funding the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) in response to marine pollution caused by ships and oil and gas installations.
Check here for more.

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More Trade News in Brief Week 40 (30 September – 6 October 2013)

* ICAO – Agreement on Global Aviation Emissions Deal
The UN Assembly responsible for International Civil Aviation (ICAO) decided on a global mechanism to tackle emissions from aviation that can start in 2020.
Check more about the global market-based measure (MBM) for international aviation here.
* Liechtenstein & Malta Sign DTA
 Liechtenstein and Malta signed in New York a bilateral double taxation agreement (DTA).
Please follow the link for more.

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More Trade News in Brief Week 27 (1 – 7 July 2013)

* Single Market Scoreboard Website Launched
EU launched Single Market Scoreboard, a reporting system on 13 governance tools including:
– monitoring the correct transposition of EU directives
– analysis of infringement proceedings
– administrative cooperation networks and various information and problem-solving services
Check here for more.
* The Global Climate 2001-2010, A Decade of Extremes
The UN report says the first decade of the 21st century was the warmest for both hemispheres and for both land and ocean temperatures since measurements began in 1850.
Check the report.

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More Trade News in Brief Week 26 (24 – 30 June 2013)

* Croatia – Welcomed to EU
On Monday 1 July Croatia will become the 28th Member State of the European Union.
For more information:
– Institutional and administrative aspects of Croatia’s EU accession MEMO/13/593
– Croatia’s EU accession – Q&A MEMO/13/629
* 2012 Annual Review of GSP System
US announced today the outcome of the 2012 Annual Review under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program.
Check here.
* World Investment Report 2013
UNCTAD published its 2013 World Investment Report with the latest trends in foreign direct investment (FDI).
Download  World Investment Report 2013
Read more here.
* Norway the First to Sign the Hong Kong Ship Recycling Treaty
The Kingdom of Norway became the first contracting State to the Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships (2009).
Please follow the link.

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