The Background Briefing on Accessions has been re-scheduled as follows:
Tuesday 15 December
1.00 – 2.00 pm Background Briefing: Accessions – Shimba
You can find the full schedule of press briefings and press conferences at https://www.wto.org/english/thewto_e/minist_e/mc10_e/press_conferences_e.htm
Environmental Goods Agreement – Statement by the Chair
We are forwarding on behalf of the Hon Andrew Robb A O MP, Minister for Trade and Investment, Australia a statement on the Environmental Goods Agreement (EGA).
A background briefing for journalists by Andrew Martin (Australian Permanent Mission, Geneva) is ongoing (2:00PM) at the Shimba Hills room, 1st floor of the KICC.
Press Events Monday 14 December – New Update
13.00 – Press Briefing: Kenya Cabinet Secretary for Internal Security
A list of suggested hotels is available on the Host Country MC10 website.
Environmental Goods Agreement
Statement by the Chair
The Hon Andrew Robb A O MP, Minister for Trade and Investment, Australia
14 December 2015
In January 2014, ministers from 14 WTO members – representing more than 40 countries – met in Davos,
Switzerland and agreed to explore ways to liberalise trade in environmental goods. This initiative followed
a similar positive initiative in APEC in 2012-13.
Negotiations on the Environmental Goods Agreement were formally launched in Geneva in July 2014.
Australia has been pleased to act in the role of Chair of the negotiations since that time.
The EGA is being negotiated in line with WTO rules and will support the WTO and the multilateral trading
system. Once finalised, it will represent an important trade-focused contribution that the WTO and its
Members will make towards the protection of the environment and sustainable development.
Since the launch of the negotiations, considerable progress has been achieved in eleven negotiation
rounds over eighteen months.
In the early rounds, EGA members worked to build up a broad list of possible EGA products. This included
close consultations with experts from international organisations, government agencies, academia and
industry. EGA members also started nominating the products they would like to see included in the EGA,
including detailed explanations of the technologies involved, and the environmental rationale behind
More recently, negotiators have been working to refine the full list of nominations towards a final, agreed
EGA list. There has been a high degree of convergence in many areas. Customs officials have also provided
significant technical input, helping to ensure that the products on the final list are environmentally credible
and that the agreement is implementable and workable once it is put to the test at the border.
We have welcomed the active participation and contribution of the three new members that have joined
the EGA since the negotiations were launched
1 . The EGA remains very much open to all WTO Members
who are interested in joining our ambitious efforts.
EGA members are also working on ways to make the EGA a future-oriented agreement, able to address
other issues in the sector and to respond to changes in technologies in the years to come.
Wishing to capitalise on the positive atmosphere and momentum that has characterised the EGA
negotiations to date, EGA members will re-engage early in 2016 to continue on the path towards a positive
we had an event to commemorate World Human Rights Day.
You can follow that conversation on Twitter under the hashtag #HumanRightsKE.
Also, check out what’s on our menu
Focus on our blog
We will have an event on 15th December which is part of Internet Freedoms Education Campaign. This event will especially be beneficial to you, dear Internet User.
We now present to you the last batch of sessions held at Digital Camp Kenya early last month:
Brian Mung’ei defined the key pillars of Digital Media as Mobile, Video & Story
Marvin Tumbo cautioned against bashing “Offer constructive criticism instead”, he said.
In her Masterclass, Silvia Njoki advised that bloggers should build relationships, not followers
Bankelele was typically all about business. He even started by comparing a blog to a CV!
How important is Social Media to Authors? Kinyanjui Kombani answered this.
And how safe is the Digital Space? Tyrus Kamau got this.
Focus on the counties
The Presidency has been taken to task to explain how it is spending billions of shillings despite promising austerity measures to cut ‘fluffy’ government expenditure.
Pupils in Turkana are escorted to school by police reservists, and study in makeshift classrooms among many other challenges.
Can you believe that some communities in Kenya, like the Maasai for example, still think that FGM prevents HIV?
Even as the world marked World Human Rights day yesterday, concerted efforts are still required to end early marriages in Kenya.
KENIC’s shut down and reinstatement of a Kenyan Domain is a sign of how powerful social media is in preventing infringement on internet Freedoms.
Kenyan blogs of interest
Just because you have a few clothes in your wardrobe, accessibility to a Blogspot or WordPress and a camera doesn’t make you a fashion blogger now, does it?
2015 is almost over, make sure you watch these local movies before the year bids you goodbye. This blogger believes that there’s a high chance you might love them
Ever wondered why someone would leave their house so early only to go and bask at Uhuru Park? Most people ask themselves this question
Have a jolly “DRUNK IN LAUGH” weekend!