In October, Members of the European Parliament Fiona Hall (Group of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats of Europe), Yannick Jadot (Group of the Green) and the environmental NGO Fern hosted a high-level conference entitled “
The United States, the European Union and Australia are large producers and consumers of timber and timber products. In recent years these consumer countries have taken steps to combat trade in illegally harvested timber and timber products more effectively.
(From the OHCHR website): The right to work is a fundamental right. It is essential for realising other human rights and forms an inseparable and inherent part of human dignity. Every individual has the right to be able to work, allowing him/her to live in dignity.
Working together to strengthen legally verified timber exports from Côte d’Ivoire to the European Union, negotiations for a Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) between the two parties began Monday 17 June in Abidjan.