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UN Report - Archive

March 31, 2006

Meeting on Convention on Biological Diversity in Brazil

At the eighth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP 8) the International Chamber of Commerce, represented by USCIB’s Alix Heywood, reported on its task force to increase business engagement in the Convention and pointed to technology transfer, protected areas and incentive measures as priority issues.


March 28, 2006


UN Adopts Treaty on Trademark Protection

An international treaty on trademarks was adopted by member states of the UN World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), lying out a regulatory framework for the rights of brand labels.


March 21, 2006


Aid for Trade

An aid program to build better trade policy and to overcome supply constraints for developing countries met for the first time in Geneva this March. The program was a result of the WTO Hong Ministerial Conference.


March 2, 2006

International Forum on Internet Governance Will Be Created

Responding to the controversy surrounding the issue of internet governance, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan announced that he would create a forum for a more inclusive dialogue on internet policy.


May-June, 2006

AIDS Review

On May 31 – June 1, a progress review for the Declaration of Commitment on HIV/AIDS (2001) will take place at the UN in New York.

February 14, 2006

UN Urges Kyoto Signatories to Maintain Momentum

The UN climate change body has called on the nations that have ratified the Kyoto Protocol to sustain their momentum as they move toward legally binding targets for cutting carbon emissions by 2012.


January 31, 2006

Fostering Innovation in Emerging Markets

More than 800 leaders from the public and private sector will attend the World Summit on Innovation and Entrepreneurship taking place this April in Oman.

January 25, 2006


Job Crisis a Global Security Problem

ILO Director-General Juan Somavia warned world leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos of the growing worldwide employment crisis.

January 23, 2006

Economic Growth Must Consider the Environment

At a UN-sponsored conference in Bangkok, representatives from Asian and Pacific governments pledged to coordinate economic growth with environmental sustainability in addressing climate change, industrial development and energy issues.


January 2006


Business and Human Rights

UN Special Representative for Business and Human Rights, Prof. John Ruggie, has asked the IOE to undertake work in the first half of 2006 indicating effective ways for companies to deal with dilemma situations encountered in ‘weak governance zones.’


December, 2005

Legally Binding Instrument on Ship Recycling

The International Maritime Organization is working on a coordinated approach to ship scrapping. Ship recycling can contribute to sustainable development through the minimization of the environmental, safety and occupational health risks related to the ship dismantling process.


Nov. 30, 2005

UN-backed Global Compact Meets in China

Nearly 800 business leaders and government and civil society representatives met in China for a Global Compact meeting, the largest event held in modern China on best practices in business ethics.

Nov. 23, 2005

UN Adopts New Electronic Communications Convention

The convention is intended to remove obstacles to the use of electronic communications in international contracting, including obstacles that might arise under existing international trade law instruments, most of which were negotiated long before the development of new technology.

Sept. 15, 2005

UN Convention Against Corruption Takes Effect in December

With the deposit by Ecuador of the thirtieth ratification to the UN Convention against Corruption, the treaty will enter into force on December 14, 2005. The Convention is the first global instrument designed to assist member states to fight corruption in both the public and private sectors.

July 26, 2005

Africa Calls for Strengthening of Private Sector Initiatives

A report released by Secretary-General Kofi Annan's Advisory Panel on ways to assist the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) has recommended significantly increasing international support for the continent's private sector.

July 15, 2005

UN Adopts Convention on Use of Electronic Communication in International Contracting

The United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) has adopted a new draft convention on the use of electronic communications in international contracting. 

July 15, 2005

Global Compact Participants Disclose Actions in Support of Universal Principles

The UN announced the results of the first phase of a policy requiring corporate participants to disclose to their stakeholders progress in implementing the Global Compact’s ten principles.

July 1, 2005

Developed Countries to Cut Levels of Methyl Bromide

The 189 member governments of the Montreal Protocol on Substances That Deplete the Ozone Layer have finalized an agreement under which developed countries will reduce their use of methyl bromide in 2006 compared to 2005.

June 16, 2005

International Labor Conference Underway in Geneva

Representatives of member states from all over the world are meeting to discuss issues ranging from forced labor and working hours to work in the fishing industry, occupational health and safety and youth employment (ILO website).

June 10, 2005

Mexico Endorses UN Global Compact

The Mexican government has become the first to formally endorse the UN Global Compact, the corporate social responsibility initiative championed by Secretary General Kofi Annan (UN website).

June 2, 2005

Strong Leadership Needed to Fight HIV/AIDS Epidemic

UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan announces at a meeting of high-level officials in New York that the global battle against AIDS is still losing ground. Annan calls for strong collective action to fight the spread of the disease (UN website).

June 1, 2005

Schwarzenegger Announces Plans to Reduce Emissions

At the opening of the UN World Environment Day conference in San Francisco, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger unveils a plan to combat global
warming by setting goals for reducing California's emissions of greenhouse gases (UN website).


May 26, 2005


UN Applauds Lamy on Selection as Director-General of WTO

UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan warmly congratulates Pascal Lamy, the former trade commissioner of the European Union, on his formal selection as the next Director-General of the World Trade Organization (UN Press Release).

May 20, 2005

UN Nuclear Energy Agency Helps Safeguard Water Sources

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is working closely with the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and other partners to help countries assess and manage limited water resources (IAEA website).

May 12, 2005

WTO Chief Named Head of UNCTAD

Supachai Panitchpakdi will serve a term of four years as the head of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). A national of Thailand, he is currently Director-General of the World Trade Organization (UNCTAD website).

May 11, 2005

The Challenges of GMOs for Developing Countries

A UN study on international trade and genetically modified organisms (GMOs) reports that genetically modified crops pose especially difficult choices for the world’s poorer nations (UNCTAD website).

May 11, 2005

More Than 12 Million Are Trapped in Forced Labor Worldwide

The International Labor Organization (ILO) released a major new study confirming that forced labor is a global problem and calling for effective strategies to eradicate it (ILO website).

May 10, 2005

Global Finance Joins UN to Tackle Climate Change

At the 2005 Investor Summit on Climate Risk, institutional investors came together to back a new call for urgent action to confront the threat of climate change and its negative economic consequences (UNEP website).

May 6, 2005

Developing Countries Make Advances in Biotech Research

While most genetically modified (GM) crops have origins in developed countries, a recent UN study shows significant biotechnology research is taking place in developing countries.

May 5, 2005

Global Campaign to Eliminate Most Hazardous Pollutants

The Uruguay meeting of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) closed with a commitment to rid the world of some of the most dangerous chemicals ever made.

April 28, 2005

Action Needed to Prevent Job Related Deaths

Due to rapid industrialization in some developing countries,job related accidents and illnesses are claiming more lives. The ILO and WHO have come together, calling for greater preventative safety strategies worldwide.

April 27, 2005

The UN, Business and Human Rights

Amid criticism of its own work, the UN Commission on Human Rights has adopted a resolution establishing a special representative to "identify and clarify standards" on business and human rights

April 20, 2005

UN Internet Governance Panel Focuses on Spam

At a meeting in Geneva of the UN Working Group on Internet Governance (WGIG), discussion centered around the issue of spam and strategies to manage it

April 19, 2005

Entrepreneurs Who Promote Conservation Rewarded

The UN Development Programme launches Equator Ventures, an initiative to help small- and medium-sized businesses conserve biodiversity at the same time as they reduce poverty

April 11, 2005

UN Sustainable Development Group Meets in New York

The 13th Meeting of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development opens session with forums on clean water, sanitation and adequate housing. USCIB and ICC are helping lead the business delegation

► Read more about USCIB’s Environment Committee


April 9, 2005

Asia Regional Conference Aims to Improve Business Climate

The UN Economic Commission for Asia will hold a May regional economic conference in Bangkok aimed at promoting sustainable development by improving the business climate and corporate social responsibility

March 30, 2005

Ecosystem Assessment: Global Development Goals at Risk

A landmark UN report suggests that global environmental distress is widespread, and reflects a number of factors, including political and economic corruption

March 29, 2005

Annan Exonerated by Second Volcker Report

The independent committee investigating alleged misconduct and mismanagement in the UN Oil-for-Food program for Iraq has cleared UN Secretary General Kofi Annan of any wrongdoing


March 29, 2005


Transport Solutions Needed for Landlocked Countries

At a high-level meeting in Kazakhstan, a senior UN official asked to establish technical cooperation programs to address the problems faced by landlocked developing countries and to increase their competitiveness in the world market


March 29, 2005


Asian Economies Require Shift Towards ‘Green Growth’

Ministers from Asia and the Pacific met in Seoul to draw up a strategy to enhance development without hurting the environment at a two-day meeting organized by the UN


March 24, 2005


ILO Calls for ‘Decent Work’ to Ensure Fair Globalization

The UN labor agency’s governing body ended its latest session with a call for “an inclusive and equitable globalization,” condemned of Myanmar on forced labor and expressed concern over developments in several countries


March 23, 2005


Russia and China Urge Space Peace Pact

At the United Nations Disarmament Conference in Geneva, Russia and China urged a ban on weapons in outer space, something experts say is a growing possibility due to technological advances


March 21, 2005


Annan Presents Ambitious Plans for UN Reform

UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has outlined plans for UN reform in a report titled “In Larger Freedom,” calling for an expanded Security Council as well as strengthened human rights and boosted development and trade


March 18, 2005


Business Supports Information Society Forum

The International Chamber of Commerce has expressed support for a new forum for governments, business and NGOs to bolster the information society (ICC website)


March 16, 2005


Industry Makes the Case for Action on Water

A business initiative to push for action in making safe drinking water and sanitation available to everyone has kicked into high gear (ICC website)


March 10, 2005


ISO to Develop Standard on Social Responsibility

An International Organization for Standardization working group held an initial meeting on developing guidelines on social responsibility


March 7, 2005


New ILO Code for Iron and Steel Industry

The International Labor Organization is drawing up a new code on safety and health in the iron and steel industry, reflecting new realities


February 25, 2005


Tackling Africa's Water and Energy Crises

The water and energy crises threatening much of Africa can only be resolved with greater private-sector investment (ICC website)


February 9, 2005


ILO Expands Monitoring of Cambodia's Garment Factories

The International Labor Organization says it will expand monitoring of garment factories under a project aimed at improving labor standards in Cambodia (ILO website)


February 4, 2005


Strong Nordic Business Support for UN Convention

Scandinavian businesses have joined forces to urge their governments to fully ratify the United Nations Convention on International Sale of Goods (ICC website)


January 18, 2005


Business Pledges Aid in Tsunami Reconstruction

In the wake of the South Asian tsunami, the International Chamber of Commerce has pledged to help small businesses rebuild (ICC website)

► ICC Chairman speaks at global disaster management conference (ICC website)


January 7, 2005


Business’s “Energizer Bunny” at the UN

Bill Stibravy, the longtime U.S. diplomat who ostensibly “retired” in 1979, celebrates 25 years as ICC’s man at the United Nations


May 27, 2004

Stockholm Convention on Pollutants Enters Into Force


April 12, 2004


Kyoto Protocol’s Clean Development Mechanism Ready to Register First Projects


April 1, 2004


Methyl Bromide Approved for Temporary Uses After Montreal Protocol Phase-Out Deadline


March 10, 2004


Biosafety Protocol Now Operational as Governments Agree on Rules for GMO Trade


March 10, 2004


Convention on Trade in Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides Enters into Force


February 23, 2004


Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants to Enter Into Force


December 2, 2003


Treaty on Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides to Come into Effect


August 19, 2003


UN Human Rights Body Approves Guidelines for Multinational Companies


July 9, 2003


Codex Alimentarius Commission Adopts More Than 50 New Food Standards


July 2, 2003


Cartagena Biosafety Protocol to Take Effect

March 12, 2003


UN Panel Calls for Controls on Asbestos, Pesticides and Lead Additives

March 5, 2003


Agreement on Civil Liability for Damage Caused by Industrial Accidents on Transboundary Waters


March 3, 2003


Treaty on Tobacco Control Agreed


February 19, 2003


New UN Treaty Makes Environmental Assessment Mandatory


February 11, 2003


UN Environment Program Launches Campaign to Curb Mercury Pollution


February 5, 2003


New UN Treaty on Pollution Information Disclosure Agreed



USCIB’s UN Report, previously known as the IGO Report, was not published from December 2001 to January 2003.  Here are links to some earlier articles.


November 20, 2001 - Aarhus Convention Enters Into Force

November 12, 2001 - Preparations Continue for UN Monterrey Conference

August 3, 2001 - UN Forest Group Sets Five-Year Program

August 1, 2001 - Agreement in Bonn Opens Way to Ratification of Kyoto Protocol

May 30, 2001 - UN Sustainable Development Group Takes Up Crucial Issues in Last Session Before Beginning Preparations for World Summit

May 30, 2001 - Toxic Chemicals Convention Signed by More Than Ninety Countries

May 16, 2001 - WHO Calls for New Approach to Tobacco Product Regulation

May 16, 2001 - UN Body Agrees On Preparations for the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD)

March 26, 2001 - Dissemination of Information Under the Aarhus Convention Will be Via the Internet

March 8, 2001 - UNEP Governing Council Looks to World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD)

March 6, 2001 - UN Forest Body Gets Underway

December 18, 2000 - Governments Agree on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) Treaty

December 14, 2000 - Climate Change Negotiations in The Hague Collapse

October 3, 2000 - No Significant Substantive Movement in Position of Climate Change Negotiating Groups on Issues Related to the Kyoto Protocol

October 3, 2000 - Aarhus Convention Signatories Discuss Future of Treaty

September 29, 2000 - UN Body Calls for Analysis of Human Rights Impact of WTO Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights

August 22, 2000 - Regulations on Prospecting and Exploration for Deep-Sea Polymetallic Nodules Adopted by UN Body

August 8, 2000 - Parties to the Climate Change Convention Consider Operational Details of the Kyoto Protocol

August 2, 2000 - Companies Endorse Kofi Annan's Global Compact

June 29, 2000 - Environment Ministers Look at the State of the Environment and Ways to Retard Further Deterioration

June 6, 2000 - Negotiations on Global Treaty on Persistent Organic Pollutants Move Ahead

March 9, 2000 - Global Treaty on Genetically Modified Organisms Adopted

March 6, 2000 - Final Session of UN Forest Group Fails to Agree on Legally Binding Forest Instrument

January 24, 2000 - Global Corporate Sullivan Principles Launched at the UN

January 21, 2000 - WHO Campaign Against Tobacco Industry

January 6, 2000 - Parties to the Basel Convention Adopt Protocol on Liability and Compensation

November 22, 1999 - Climate Change:  Fifth Conference of the Parties to the UN Climate Change Convention (COP5) Focuses on Process Rather than Substance

September 17, 1999 - UNEP Unveils Study of Global Environmental Crisis

September 15, 1999 - Hazardous Wastes Liability Protocol Expected to be Completed in December

July 28, 1999 - World Business Responds to Call by UN Secretary-General for Global Compact Between UN and the Private Sector

June 23, 1999 - WIPO Moves to Sort Out Internet "Brand Name" Confusion

June 21, 1999 - Commission Considers Aspects of Sustainable Development

June 16, 1999 - UN Climate Change Convention Subsidiary Bodies Meet

March 11, 1999 - Biosafety Group Fails to Agree on Treaty on Living Modified Organisms (LMOs)

March 11, 1999 - Work Continues on Treaty Covering Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPS)

December 1, 1998 - Buenos Aires Conference Sets Timetable for Spelling Out Provisions of the Kyoto Climate Change Protocol

November 30, 1998 - UN Pushes Human Rights Approach to Development and Globalization

October 28, 1998 - UN Panel Resumes Discussion of Sustainable Forest Management

October 15, 1998 - IGO Briefs

October 13, 1998 - Treaty Talks on Persistent Organic Pollutants

September 11, 1998 - Progress in Biosafety Protocol Negotiations

July 9, 1998 - Workshop Discusses Consumption in a Sustainable World

July 9, 1998 - Meetings of Subsidiary Bodies of Climate Change Convention Fail to Produce Substantial Results

June 23, 1998 - IGO Briefs

June 12, 1998 - UN Group Looks at Industry Role in Sustainable Development

June 1, 1998 - WTO Ministers Agree to Begin Preparations for New Trade Talks in September

May 14, 1998 - Governments Agree on Protocols Covering Heavy Metals and Persistent Organic Pollutants

May 14, 1998 - OECD Environment Ministers Support Objectives of Convention on Access to Environmental Information

May 8, 1998 - OECD Ministers Address Public Concerns About Trade and Investment Liberalization in a Global World Economy

Volume 19, Number 1, January 1998

Volume 18, Number 6, November 1997

Volume 18, Number 5, August 1997

Volume 18, Number 4, July 1997

Volume 18, Number 3, May/June 1997

Volume 18, Number 2, March 1997

Volume 18, Number 1, January 1997

Volume 17, Number 4, November 1996

Volume 17, Number 3, August 1996