Trade

CITES Issues Statement on Alleged Trade in Elephants from Zimbabwe [viewed]

CITES18 December 2014: The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) issued a statement on the alleged trade in live African elephants from Zimbabwe to China and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

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African Development Report Finds Regional Integration Key for Development [viewed]

AfDB16 December 2014: Regional integration is critical for enhancing Africa's development and achieving sustained, inclusive growth, according to the African Development Report 2014. The report addresses five themes at a regional level: integration and inclusive growth; institutions; infrastructure; migration and labor; and financial integration and value chains.

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SE4ALL CEO Proposes Africa-China Cooperation Model [viewed]

SE4ALL4 December 2014: Kandeh Yumkella, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General and CEO of the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative, has proposed a new ‘triangular cooperation model' to transform Africa's energy sector by linking Africa, China and SE4ALL. The proposal, delivered to environment and development experts at the 2014 China Council, would foster this transformation by scaling-up South-South cooperation to mobilize aid, investment and technological know-how.

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TTM Notes Higher Than Expected Sale of Controversial Red Sanders [viewed]

Itto16 December 2014: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) launched the 1-15 December issue of the Tropical Timber Market (TTM) Report highlighting the Rs 10 billion earned through the sale of confiscated red sanders logs by the Government of Andhra Pradesh, India. The sale was initially challenged in court, however the court ruled that the sale could proceed.

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WESP 2015 Highlights Risks and Uncertainties in Global Economy [viewed]

World Economic Situation and Prospects 201510 December 2014: Global economic growth is predicted to increase by just over three percent over the next two years, according to the UN's latest World Economic Situation and Prospects (WESP) report. In 2014, the report explains, global expansion preceded at a moderate, uneven pace, due in part to legacies from the global financial crisis, geopolitical conflicts and the Ebola epidemic. The report recommends strengthening international policy coordination and aligning global macroeconomic policies to reduce risks, create productive jobs and maintain long-term economic and financial stability.

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Trade Barriers Become Development Barriers, Says UNCTAD Secretary General [viewed]

UNCTAD Secretary General Mukhisa Kituyi 2 December 2014: UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) Secretary General Mukhisa Kituyi has welcomed the World Trade Organization (WTO) Trade Facilitation Agreement, describing it as a “landmark deal on trade” in an Op-ed. The WTO General Council adopted the Trade Facilitation Protocol of Amendment on 27 November 2014, a step that allows implementation to begin and makes the Facility operational.

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UNCTAD Report Recommends Reforms for Post-2015 Agenda in LDCs [viewed]

UNCTAD27 November 2014: Least Developed Countries (LDCs) are the “battleground on which the post-2015 development agenda will be won or lost,” according to the LDC Report 2014, titled ‘Growth with Structural Transformation: A Post-2015 Development Agenda.' The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) report examines how the "LDC paradox" contributed to the failure of most LDCs to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and makes recommendations on achieving the post-2015 development agenda's goals.

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AfDB Assesses Soft Infrastructure Needs of Africa's Energy Sector [viewed]

AfDB20 November 2014: A report released by the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) Regional Integration and Trade Department (ONRI) outlines the state of regional electricity markets in Africa and approaches to capacity development for boosting the financial and technical performance of the sector. ONRI published the report to aid development organizations, such as its parent institution, the African Development Bank (AfDB), as they seek to complement physical infrastructure investments with capacity-building.

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UN Highlights ISID on Africa Industrialization Day [viewed]

UN logo20 November 2014: The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the Office of the Special Adviser on Africa (OSAA) and the Office of the Permanent Observer of the African Union (AU) hosted a High-level panel discussion on 'Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development (ISID): African Agro Industry for Food Security' to commemorate Africa Industrialization Day 2014.

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UNEP Signs Agreement to Promote Sustainable Palm Oil [viewed]

UNEP-RSPO14 November 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) signed an agreement to increase awareness of certified sustainable palm oil production in an effort to shift the global market away from unsustainable supplies. The agreement will support national and regional efforts to shift to a sustainable supply of palm oil, a commitment already made by the governments of Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom (UK).

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