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2003 News & Press Releases

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December 2003: Inuit Circumpolar Conference plans human rights action against US for damage to the Arctic caused by global warming.
December 2003: CIEL proposes an alternative to the Kyoto Protocol's Cap and Trade System for developing countries at the 9th Conference of the Parties to the Climate Convention, 1-12 December 2003 in Milan, Italy
December 2003: CIEL and other NGOs urge World Trade Organization Members to drop the Four Singapore Issues from the Doha work program and from the WTO negotiating agenda
November 2003: International Tribunal in Brazil Condemns Violation of Rights of Landless Workers and the Environment
November 2003: From the investment tent at the Americas Trade and Sustainable Development Forum in Miami: CIEL contributes to a synthesis of major concerns about investment and the FTAA
November 2003: Civil society organizations call for Additional Public Participation in FTAA Negotiations: Existing forums are inadequate and exclude many - Organizaciones de la sociedad civil llaman a una Mayor Participación en las Negociaciones del ALCA: los Foros existentes son insuficientes y excluyen a muchos
November 2003: CIEL participates in Seminar on Environmental Subsidy Reform - How to Tackle Harmful Subsidies, to be held in Prague on November 21, 2003
November 2003: Legal Experts Voice Concerns as Trade Ministers Meet in Miami, November 16-21
November 2003: CIEL to propose an alternative to the Kyoto Protocol's Cap and Trade System for developing countries at the 9th Conference of the Parties to the Climate Convention, 1-12 December 2003 in Milan, Italy
November 2003: CIEL and World Wildlife Fund presented GATS, Water and the Environment: Implications of the General Agreement on Trade in Services for Water Resources at the GATS, Water and the Environment Workshop on November 4th in Geneva, Switzerland
November 2003: U.S. Senate to fails to pass the Climate Stewardship Act -- the most important climate change legislation ever presented to Congress -- despite widespread support among the American public for the measure
November 2003: Civil society organizations challenge the latest Revised Draft OECD Recommendation on Common Approaches on Environment and Officially Supported Export Credits of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development
October 2003: CIEL expresses concerns over the proposed Baku-Tblisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline project to the International Finance Corporation and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
October 2003: The Inspection Panel: Accountability and Participation at the World Bank; Remarks of Daniel B. Magraw, President Center for International Environmental Law, as presented at the Annual Meetings of the World Bank Group and International Monetary Fund on September 22, 2003 in Dubai, UAE
September 2003: CIEL Responds to EPA's denial of its own authority to regulate greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act
September 2003: Will the World Trade Organization deliver on its promises to promote environmentally sustainable development at its 10-14 September Meeting in Cancun, Mexico?
September 2003: CIEL Focuses on the relationship between Genetic Resources and Intellectual Property at the Global Biodiversity Forum in Cancun, Mexico
August 2003: CIEL Signs on to Letter to USTR's Ambassador Zoellick to Oppose the Initiation of Investment Negotiations within the World Trade Organization
July 2003: CIEL and other civil society groups launch campaign denouncing the lack of Internal Transparency in the run up to the WTO's 5th Ministerial Conference in Cancun this September
July 2003: Civil society groups call on the European Union to withdraw its demands for the expansion of the World Trade Organization at the upcoming Fifth Ministerial Conference in Mexico
July 2003: U.S. - Chile and U.S. - Singapore Free Trade Agreements Are Wrong Models for the Environment
June 2003: "Challenges Ahead on the Road to Cancun" previews issues surrounding the upcoming WTO 5th Ministerial Conference
June 2003: Responding to a complaint from Pehuenche Communities in southern Chile, the CAO of the World Bank's International Finance Corporation has recently released its Assessment Report of IFC's involvement in the Pangue/Ralco Hydro-electric Project
June 2003: CIEL sends letter to USTR's Ambassador Zoellick regarding potential inclusion of the grant of jurisdiction in the Free Trade Area of the Americas
June 2003: CIEL to attend "Challenges Ahead on the Road to Cancun", a symposium sponsored by the World Trade Organization on issues facing the multilateral trading system
June 2003: Environment and health organizations call on the U.S. Senate to include a timely and effective mechanism in pending domestic legislation that will enable the United States to regulate POPs Chemicals as they are added to the Stockholm Convention
June 2003: CIEL joins the IPEN Steering Committee in preparing and submitting suggestions to UNEP regarding elements of a Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM)
June 2003: Environment and health organizations call on the U.S. Senate to include a timely and effective mechanism in pending domestic legislation enabling the United States to regulate POPs Chemicals as they are added to the Stockholm Convention
June 2003: Civil society organizations around the world call on the International Commission on Large Dams to incorporate the recommendations of the World Commission on Dams into their new Code of Ethics
June 2003: Sign the U.S. Declaration of Independence from Hazardous Chemicals
June 2003: CIEL presents a paper on Corporate Accountability and Foreign Investment on the occasion of the fifth Ministerial Conference “Environment for Europe” in Kiev, Ukraine.
May 2003: Will the U.S. join Worldwide Effort To Protect Public Health, or is it pay-back time for Big Tobacco campaign contributors?
May 2003: CIEL joins public interest organizations across the United States
and the globe in demanding that the Bush Administration abandon its efforts to
derail the new Tobacco Control Convention
May 2003: CIEL signs on to civil society declaration calling for No Investment Negotiations at the World Trade Organization
April 2003: NAFTA Environmental Commission documents U.S. failure to enforce Migratory Bird Law Against Loggers
April 2003: CIEL releases publications analyzing aspects and problems of current International Trade Negotiations
April 2003: CIEL's staff issues statement on the War in Iraq
April 2003: Investment, Sustainable Development and the World Trade Organization: Allies or Antagonists?
April 2003: Over sixty civil society organizations call for greater transparency and public participation in President Bush's Central American Free Trade Area negotiations
March 2003: CIEL Hosts Meetings on the nature of implications to a WTO Investment Agreement
March 2003: Peoples World Water Forum proposes alternatives to and recommendations for the trend to liberalize and privatize water services
March 2003: CIEL Comments on the Draft "Procedures to Submit Objections Concerning the Japan Bank for International Cooperation's Guidelines for Confirmation of Environmental and Social Considerations"
February, 2003: CIEL expresses concern regarding the TEPAC Report on the recently completed U.S. Free Trade Areas with Chile and Singapore
February, 2003: CIEL Reports Back on its workshops on Trade & Investment and Human Rights & the Environment held at the World Social Forum in Porto Alegre, Brazil, from January 23 - 28, 2003
February 2003: CIEL questions President of Inter-American Development Bank over systematic problems with the structure and procedures of the Independent Investigation Mechanism
February 2003: Secretive World Bank Tribunal Bans Public and Media Participation in Bechtel Lawsuit Over Access To Water
February 2003: CIEL and IISD welcome comments on their joint working paper The State Of Trade Law And The Environment: Key Issues For The Next Decade
January 2003: Bush Administration finally complies with court order to Release US-Chile Free Trade Pact Documents
January 2003: CIEL Organizes Workshops on Trade & Investment and Human Rights & the Environment at the World Social Forum held in Porto Alegre, Brazil from January 23 - 28, 2003
January 2003: CIEL Bestows Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Development of International Environmental Law to Louis B. Sohn

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