Environment and animal rights groups are calling on the European Union to appeal a ruling made by the World Trade Organisation (WTO) which they say allows the US and Canada to force hormone-fed beef on Europe.
In 2008, the United Nations (UN) has chosen to hold its major trade and development conference in Africa. Ministers from all around the world will meet in Accra, the capital of Ghana, starting April 20. In addition to ministers, a crowd of 4,000 international civil servants, civil society activists, business representatives, and journalists is expected to descend on the usually discrete West African capital.
In late 2007 WIDE organised a successful consultation on EU bilateral and regional free trade agreements and gender, which brought together members of WIDE, academics, researchers, non-governmental organisation activists and representatives of the European Commission and the private sector.