Tuesday January 20, 2015

Eurasian Union: the real, the imaginary and the likely is a 2014 report, published by the European Union's Institute for Security Studies.

The recent history of attempts to reintegrate the post-Soviet space is littered with failed political and economic initiatives. The real Eurasian Economic Union is an international organization like many others. It has a legal identity, a secretariat and is staffed by bureaucrats who would not look out of place in the European Commission building in Brussels or the WTO Secretariat in Geneva. Its member states exchange trade concessions among themselves and rely on the institution as an external enforcer of rules.

There is another Eurasian Union, one fuelled by geopolitical aspirations. President Putin launched this phase of Eurasian integration, the key foreign policy objective of his third presidential term in the Kremlin, in an article in Izvestia in October 2011. His vision was for the Eurasian Union, not just to foster a new round of post-Soviet reintegration; he also wanted to turn the Eurasian Union into one of the "building blocks" - on par with the EU, NAFTA, APEC and ASEAN - of 'global development'.

(Source: European Union)

Posted by Sherri Sunstrum in GOVERNMENT INFORMATION on Tuesday Jan 20, 2015  Bookmark and Share
Tuesday November 25, 2014

The right to trade: rethinking the aid for trade agenda is a 2013 report, published by the Commonwealth Secretariat.

Aid for trade is a fixture in the development landscape, accounting for approximately 25 per cent of total ODA, and is being positioned as a building block in the future development agenda beyond the 2015 expiry of the Millennium Development Goals.

In the Right to Trade, Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph E. Stiglitz and Andrew Charlton argue that aid for trade has not delivered on its initial promise. To create a genuinely pro-development trade liberalization agenda, the authors propose that a "right to trade" and a "right to development" be enshrined within the World Trade Organization's (WTO) dispute settlement system; and that aid for trade funds be consolidated into a coherent and predictable framework, where dedicated funds are committed by rich countries to a Global Trade Facility and dispersed through a transparent and competitive process.

Together, these proposals would help ensure that international trade works for developing countries and will help preserve a development-friendly multilateral trading system.

(Source: Commonwealth Secretariat)

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Monday October 06, 2014

The world has more than 7 billion people living in it, as of 2014.

About 1/2 of that population are living in urban centres, and ongoing migration into those areas have given rise to the Megacity - a metropolitan area that includes 10 million people or more.

Today, there are 28 megacities, according to the United Nations, and that figure is expected to rise.

This story map, by Esri allows you to explore the evolution of 10 of today's largest cities.

Learn more.

(Source: Atlantic Cities)

Posted by Sherri Sunstrum in MAPS/ATLAS on Monday Oct 06, 2014  Bookmark and Share

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