In Cancun, one of the most important decisions for Ministers will be whether or not to launch negotiations on new WTO agreements on investment, competition, transparency in government procurement, trade facilitation.
In the case of the ongoing negotiations of services, of which the European economies are a major producer and exporter, the leaked text wants to add a strict timeline for the process to reach final conclusions.
Progress in agriculture would allow for developing countries to make some concession in other areas of interest to developed countries, such as non-agriculture products, where poor countries are being asked to lower their import tariffs.
TWN Report from Cancun by Cecilia Oh, 11 September 2003
Brazillian Minister, Celso Amorim, said that the G21 was 'fully satisfied' that the Conference Chair will ensure that the contribution of the Group will be considered in the agenda and work programme of the Conference.
Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology
One of the Protocol's major provisions embodies the 'Precautionary Principle', recognizing that a country can forbid importation when there is not sufficient information or research results to do an adequate assessment.