At UN meeting in Geneva, Ban spotlights trade as driver of global sustainable development

1 October 2014 – The critical role played by international trade in lifting economies out of poverty is an invaluable one but must remain consonant with the objectives enshrined in the sustainable development goals, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared today in an address to the world trade organization (WTO). Speaking at …

Ten Reasons for Saying ‘No’ to the North Over Trade

Ten Reasons for Saying ‘No’ to the North Over Trade Analysis by Ravi Kanth Devarakonda and Phil Harris GENEVA/ROME, Aug  2014 (IPS) – India’s decisive stand last week not to adopt the protocol of amendment of the trade facilitation agreement (TFA) unless credible rules were in place for the development …

Government by big business goes supranational

  http://mondediplo.com/2013/12/02tafta Le Monde diplomatique, English edition, December 2013 Government by big business goes supranational The corporation invasion A new treaty being negotiated in secret between the US and the EU has been specifically engineered to give companies what they want – the dismantling of all social, consumer and environmental …

Focus on the Global South Newsletter: World Trade Organization’s free trade jeopardized people’s rights

In this edition of Focus on the Global South Newsletter, we revisit the Asian Development Bank’s role in the ‘privatization’ of Asia and how the World Trade Organization’s free trade and investment policies have jeopardized people’s rights and the environment.  Through its growth strategy, ADB continues to promote privatization and create …

NewNet Daily Newsletter:Smart-thermostat company Nest Labs acquires MyEnergy

NewNet Daily Newsletter 8 May 2013 Sign up to a NewNet premium subscription to stay up-to-date with all the latest green venture rounds Deal News Sweetwater brings in S&C Electric to upgrade 585MW Texas wind farm Centrosolar sells solar glass unit to Ducatt EIB lends Nepal €55m for hydropower plant MaRS Cleantech …

The WTO vs. Ontario: Addressing the Bigger Picture of Trade and Renewable Energy

by Vince Font, Contributor | October 29, 2012 | In a move that will likely set a worldwide precedent barring governments from imposing local content requirements to their feed-in tariff programs, a forthcoming World Trade Organization report indicates that it will side with the… Full Article Click for more Solar …

Renewable energy subsidies and the WTO: The wrong law and the wrong venue

Feature Commentary Renewable energy subsidies and the WTO: The wrong law and the wrong venue By Aaron Cosbey, Senior Associate, the International Institute for Sustainable Development Japan recently announced that consultations had failed to resolve its dispute with Canada over the Province of Ontario’s feed-in-tariffs for renewable energy, and that …

Economics based on Beauty and Community: Putting Aesthetics back into the Economy

by Gregory Wendt, CFP Right before I boarded a plane after a green business conference last year, I noticed a Body Shop store in the terminal next to the gate. The Body Shop was founded by the late Anita Roddick who was a very influential and inspiring thought leader who …