UNCTAD: NGO Defend Agreement For Commodities

One of the main proposals to be directed during the Society Forum that happens in Sao Paulo, for guiding to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad), is the necessity of reestablishment of worldwide common agreements for the main commodities.

Developing Nations Discuss Trade Barriers

On the eve of 180-nation talks aimed at easing misery through trade liberalization, developing countries met Saturday to discuss reducing barriers among themselves to boost their share of global commerce.

Brazil's Lula May Meet Cuba's Castro

President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva's office said Friday that he is likely to meet President Fidel Castro, if the Cuban leader visits Brazil next week. The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) is to meet Tuesday in Sao Paulo, but because Castro does not announce his travel plans in advance, the 12:10 pm (1510 GMT) meeting with Lula has not been confirmed.

Terrorism Eclipsing Poverty

Seeking to shift the international agenda from terrorism to poverty, delegations from 120 countries are converging on Brazil for talks aimed at giving developing countries a stronger role in the global economy.

Brazil Walks A Thin Trade Line

Representatives from 192 countries will descend on the megapolis of Sao Paulo on Sunday for the UN Conference on Trade and Development which runs till June 18. The buzz is all about "new trade geography", a phrase coined by the host country's president, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, referring to the steady increase in trade between developing countries themselves.