Laos Clears WTO Entry Hurdle, Yemen Still Trying

Laos has cleared the last major hurdle in its 15-year quest for membership of the World Trade Organization and could finalise entry terms by the end of the year, according to internal documents seen by Reuters on Thursday. Laos is […]

IOM: Human Mobility Key to Green and Sustainable Development Agenda

In a world where more people than ever are on the move, there is an urgent need to include migration and migrants into efforts to develop a green and sustainable development agenda, says the International Organization for Migration (IOM) on […]

Trade Facilitation, LDC Accession Dominate Agenda at Paris Trade Ministers’ Meet

With the overall Doha Round talks still at an impasse, approximately 20 trade ministers meeting on the sidelines of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD) Ministerial Council Meeting discussed the potential of soon finalising an agreement on trade […]

Climate Change and Family Planning – Twin Issues for LDCs

The reproductive rights agenda, from improving women’s access to education to systematic family planning to reducing birth rates and combating poverty, has become a cornerstone of most industrialised nations’ development policies toward the least developed countries (LDCs), comprised primarily of […]

Rio+20: A green industrial revolution or climate change diplomacy?

  The last one held at the end of 2011 in Durban, South Africa and the next one will be held at Doha in December 2012. Generally UN preparatory meetings, such as the one in Bonn, do not get much […]