December 2009

The European experience has a great deal to offer

Taipei Times, 21 December 2009
Twenty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of the Cold War, the contours of world order are still in the making, but two “mega trends” seem clear — the broadest and deepest wave of globalization the world has ever seen and the rise of new world players from Asia and elsewhere.

Wonderful, wonderful Copenhagen

Sri Lanka Guardian, 21 December 2009
The Copenhagen climate change summit attended by 45,000 people, 119 heads of state and the leaders of 26 countries including US President Barack Obama and Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono concluded with a “Copenhagen Accord” declared as an “attachment” to a conference decision.

Fiji signs trade and development agreement with the EU

Matangi, 18 December, 2009
FIJI has signed on 11 December 2009 an interim Economic Partnership Agreement with the EU. The agreement focuses on trade in goods and provides duty free quota free access for all products from Fiji to the EU market. It also aims to deepen cooperation in areas such as animal and plant health as well as technical standards.

BANGLADESH: Food Security in Great Peril from Climate Change

Inter Press Service, 18 December, 2009
Unless the world comes to its aid, Bangladesh says the vulnerability of its agriculture sector to climate change could spell severe consequences for its millions of people, who stand to lose their main source of livelihood. “As a poverty-stricken and densely populated country, we cannot cope with these challenges unless we have a proper financial and technological support from the developed world,” said Sabir Hassan Chowdhary, one of the delegates from Bangladesh to the Copenhagen climate talks, in an interview with IPS.

Frustrations heat up as climate change talks resume

The National Business Review, 15 December 2009
After a half-day suspension, emission reduction talks have resumed in Copenhagen, but those promoting significant action on climate change are concerned the talks are missing the point.

Feature: China – Africa relations, any benefits?

Ghana News, 15 December 2009
China currently prides itself as the world’s most populated country, having a little over a billion people. Over the past decade, the Chinese government has tremendously helped in reducing poverty in the country.

Trade as climate enforcer

The Hill, 07 December 2009
While nobody expects the climate talks in Copenhagen to produce a new global treaty, President Obama has embraced the principle of binding limits on greenhouse gases and an eventual pact remains likely.

Global economy to rise by 2.4% in 2010 but recovery still fragile: UN

China View, 05 December 2009
The United Nations has predicted that the world economy would bounce back next year with a global growth rate of 2.4 percent, but warned of a risk of a double-dip recession if the wrong policies are implemented.

‘We will report to UN on climate change every two years’

Business Standard, 05 December 2009
Ahead of the climate change talks in Copenhagen, Environment and Forests Minister Jairam Ramesh clarified India’s stance in Parliament, categorically stating the country will neither accept any legally-binding emission cuts nor any agreement which demands a peaking year statement.

ADB, DFID join hands to reduce poverty in India

Business Standard, 04 December 2009
The Asian Development Bank and the UK Department for International Development have entered into a new five-year strategic partnership to fight poverty in India.