Improving transparency of the EU institutions

Improving transparency of the EU institutions The European Parliament takes action to ensure transparency and democratic scrutiny of the EU institutions. In two reports adopted Tuesday, MEPs call for the Council to meet in public when it is acting as a legislator, and requests the Commission to revise existing rules

Trade and Environment Review 2006 released by UNCTAD

UNCTAD highlights the increasing impact of environmental requirements on exports of developing countries and states that developing countries could turn environmental requirements in export markets from trade barriers into trade opportunities. Stringent environmental, health, and safety standards for everything from electronics to food are making it harder for the world’s

EP focuses on fighting corruption in developing countries

''Corruption hurts the poor'': MEPs back report on development aid and the fight against corruption MEPs have called for tougher measures in the fight against corruption and more effective EU aid. Noting that 25% of Africa's GDP is lost annually to corruption, – the report calls on all EU members

Discussion: What events will make the most difference in changing the aid industry?

A new Development Gateway Members Forum discussion topic has been posted on the dgAid Effectiveness page: ''What Events Will Make the Most Difference in Changing the Aid Industry?'' Almost everyone–from aid donors to recipients–seems to agree that changes are needed in delivering overseas development assistance to make it more effective

dgCommunities Member Directory opened

The new Member Directory is up and running, and many of you have established your profiles! We are amazed at the diversity and caliber of the dgCommunities membership, and it is our privilege to serve your needs with online collaborative tools that make a difference. With over 30,000 registered dgCommunities

Venture capital goes global

Venture capital goes global According to the findings of the 2005 Global Venture Capital survey undertaken jointly by Deloitte & Touche LLP and the National Venture Capital Association (published in January 2006), U.S.-based venture capitalists are planning to expand further their investments abroad. China and India are considered to be

Economic prospects for the world 2006

According to the World Economic Situation and Prospects (WESP), the world economy is expected to continue to grow at a rate of 3 per cent during 2006. The United States economy remains the main engine of global economic growth, but the growth of China, India and a few other large

SADC-EU Trade Negotiations

SADC-EU Trade NegotiationsThe challenges of overlapping memberships of regional groupings are coming to the fore as African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries seek a new economic partnership with the European Union (EU). As negotiations for an economic partnership agreement (EPA) swing into gear, regional groupings such as the Southern African

Discussion: Employment Generation and Decent Work for All

Discussion: Employment Generation and Decent Work for AllThe ILO’s International Institute for Labour Studies (IILS) invites experts to participate in the E-forum on ‘‘Employment Generation and Decent Work for All’‘. The E-forum is meant to engage experts, civil society representatives and academia in informal discussions on this topic, in order

U.N. adopts code of conduct for investments

In April 2006 the United Nations has quietly adopted a code of conduct for businesses worldwide to promote socially responsible investing. The ‘‘Principles for Responsible Investment’‘ provide a framework for avoiding investments in companies with poor records on pollution, labor relations or corporate governance. The voluntary guidelines encourage investors to

European Commissioner Louis Michel puts forward ideas on restructuring the United Nations

Louis Michel, the European Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid appointed to put forward proposals for UN reforms in the areas of development, humanitarian assistance and the environment. At the Panel meetings called by the UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan, Mr Michel outlined the following ideas: ‘‘The organisation’s legitimacy must

EU-Latin America/Caribbean Summit in Vienna

See http://ec.europa.eu/comm/world/lac-vienna/Following the EU-Cariforum summit which took place on 12 May 2006 in the framework of the IV EU-Latin America Summit in Vienna, European Commission President José Manuel Barroso announced a ‘‘substantial increase’‘ of EU funding for the 10th EDF programme. He also promised an increase in direct EU assistance