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    The Significance of the WTO Biotech Ruling for LAC

    Monday, March 5th, 2007

    When the World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute panel on biotech products involving Argentina, Canada, and the US vs. the European Union (EU) released its report at the end of September, I sat down to start this entry with an outline and list of possible points, thoughts, items to check on, etc. — my usual brainstorming. […]

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    An Environmental Agenda for the Andes

    Wednesday, January 24th, 2007

    Another piece I started long ago (at the end of Sept.) and left in the queue. I’ll clear the backlog yet! This is one is not over-ripe, though, because the Andean Community is only now implementing the Agenda. The Lima-based General Secretariat of the four-nation Andean Community* (Comunidad Andina – CAN) has released the Community’s […]

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    LAC Use of Biotech Crops Grew in 2006

    Saturday, January 20th, 2007

    The International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA) just released its annual “brief” on growth of genetically engineered crops (“biotech crops”) worldwide, covering 2006. While the full report must be purchased, the executive summary is quite detailed and is available for download in several languages, including English, Spanish and Portuguese. Among other things, […]

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    Implications of the Stern Review for LAC, Part I

    Tuesday, December 26th, 2006

    Okay, I know what you’re thinking: the Stern Review — the analysis of the economic costs/benefits of coming to grips with global climate change that was commissioned by the UK Government and coordinated by the head of the Government Economic Service (and ex-Chief Economist at the World Bank) Sir Nicholas Stern — has been out […]

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    Ahora hay un glosario en español en la colección de herramientas de Temas

    Monday, December 18th, 2006

    ¿Se ha preguntado cuáles son estas organizaciones que menciono yo en The Temas Blog? ¿La OCDE, la OLADE, la CCAD, el PNUD o la OPS? ¿No seguro de la diferencia entre la Convención de Cartagena y el Protocolo de Cartagena? ¿Preguntándose lo que cubre la Convención de Estocolmo en realidad? ¿No conoce el Tratado de […]

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    Glossary Added to the Tool Box

    Monday, December 4th, 2006

    Ever wondered what all these organizations are that I mentioned in the Temas Blog?  The OECD, OLADE, CCAD, UNDP or PAHO? Not sure of the difference between the Cartagena Convention and the Cartagena Protocol?  Wondering what the Stockholm Convention really covers?  Never heard of the Treaty of Asunción or MARPOL or the UN Consumer Protection […]

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    What to Expect from WHO’s New Director-General

    Wednesday, November 15th, 2006

    On Thursday 09 November 2006 the World Health Organization (WHO) elected a new chief executive, and it wasn’t a Latin. Dr. Margaret Chan of Hong Kong (but representing China in the contest) beat out Mexican Health Minister Julio Frenk for the post of Director-General (DG) — first for the WHO Executive Board (EB) endorsement, and […]

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    The Elections for WHO’s DG: The LAC Connection

    Wednesday, November 8th, 2006

    On Thursday the Geneva-based World Health Organization (WHO) will elect a new chief executive (Director-General – DG) and the campaigning has been more intensely and publicly contested than in prior elections. One of the leading candidates and lightning rods of the campaign is Mexico’s Health Minister, Dr. Julio Frenk. So what? You may ask why […]

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