Four Countries to Graduate From ‘Least-Developed’ Status

Four countries could soon “graduate” from the ranks of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable nations, a United Nations expert committee announced recently. Bhutan, Kiribati,...

Davos Declaration and Concept of Baukultur

In January 2018, European Ministers of Culture met in Davos, Switzerland, to adopt a Declaration promoting the concept of a high-quality Baukultur in Europe....

Trade Facilitation Agreement Marks First Anniversary

The Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) marked its first anniversary since its entry into force on 22 February 2017 with WTO members making significant strides...

38 Militants Hanged in Iraq

Iraq has hanged 38 Sunni Muslim militants after they were sentenced to death on terrorism charges. The mass executions were carried out at a prison...

Global Monitoring System for Dementia Launched

The United Nations health agency WHO launched the first global monitoring system for dementia. This initiative is expected to affect 152 million people worldwide by...

Muscat Declaration on Tourism and Culture

The Muscat Declaration on Tourism and Culture: Fostering Sustainable Development was signed by representatives of UNESCO, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), delegations, private sector,...

‘Doha Development Agenda Global Trust Fund’ in News

The Doha Development Agenda Global Trust Fund (DDAGTF) was established in 2002, in order to receive extra budgetary contributions from WTO Members to finance...

‘Enhanced Integrated Framework’ of WTO: Latest Developments

The United Kingdom government announced at the WTO’s Ministerial Conference on 11 December a commitment of £16 million (around US$ 21.3 million) to 51...

‘Standards and Trade Development Facility’ of WTO

France has contributing EUR 50,000 (approximately CHF 58,000) to the Standards and Trade Development Facility (STDF) in 2017 to help developing countries comply with...

Buenos Aires Declaration on Women and Trade

For the first time in the history of the World Trade Organization, WTO members and observers have endorsed a collective initiative to increase the...

‘Global Trade Helpdesk’ Launched: Highlights

The International Trade Centre (ITC), the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the WTO unveiled an innovative tool to help businesses,...

WTO Launches ‘Cotton Portal’

The World Trade Organization (WTO) and the International Trade Centre (ITC) launched an on-line platform for market intelligence for cotton products, which will enable...