Arab action on shark finning, and body parts trade is too little, too late

Green Prophet

Considered a major delicacy in China and other parts of the Far East, shark fin soup was recently banned in restaurants in Hong Kong. . It joined together with six other Arab countries to sign an agreement to protect migrating sharks in Middle East waters from illegal shark trading including finning. Although officially banned by the UAE in 2011, the practice of shark finning has continued worldwide; with more than 500 tons of shark fins being sent annually to the Far East.

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LEAKED: Secret Trade Document Reveals Weak Environmental Standards

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free trade agreements have been legally enforceable and included a list of environmental treaties that countries committed to uphold. Today's leaked text—which is both unenforceable and does not include obligations to uphold commitments made under environmental treaties—does not meet the standard set by Congress. Last fall, 24 environmental organizations sent  a letter to the U.S. seeks such bans from other countries.

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A Clean Environment Is Not For Trade

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The letter comes just days before officials from the 12 governments involved in the TPP will meet in Singapore to try to make progress on an agreement that is facing increasingly steep opposition from the American public and Members of Congress. The May 10th Agreement set minimum standards for all environment chapters of U.S. It also required that countries uphold their domestic environmental laws in addition to commitments made in international environmental treaties.

Pacific Rim Trade Talks May Become Even More Secretive

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It''s unacceptable because not a single word of draft text has been released to the public, despite the fact that the agreement has been under negotiation for more than three years and would affect the lives of millions of Americans and others across the globe. proposal is legally binding and would commit countries not only to enforce domestic environmental laws, but also to enforce commitments made in international environmental agreements.

Stalemate: U.S. and Japan Fail to Advance Trade Talks

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President Obama recently wrapped up a meeting in Tokyo with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, where the leaders once again failed to make a breakthrough on their deadlock in the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement (TPP). There are still a great number of red flags surrounding the pact that spell trouble ahead for the agreement. Photo: WikiLeaks.

6 Things Mike Froman Must Do As the Next U.S. Trade Representative

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For example, the Trans-Pacific Partnership – potentially the largest free trade agreement ever – has been under negotiation for over three years and may conclude as early as this October. Strengthen environmental rules in trade agreements. Agreements must also take steps to address trade-related conservation issues, such as the illegal timber trade. liquid natural gas (LNG) comes with significant environmental and economic risks.

UNU-IAS Reports and Policy Briefs

The Green Changemakers

Willis Biofuel production and use in Africa have been linked to numerous environmental and socio-economic impacts. Whether these impacts are positive or negative depends on a multitude of factors such as the feedstock, the environmental/socio-economic context of biofuel production, and the policy instruments in place during biofuel production, use and trade. At the same time, environmental sustainability is being lost.