Archive - 2003

December 17th

General Council Meeting Ends With 'No Breakthrough'

Original Publication Date: 
16 December, 2003
Castillo said the meeting did not represent a breakthrough, and the Round is not yet back on track. But he was happy the members are in a pragmatic mood, ready to work.

General Council Meeting Ends With 'No Breakthrough'

Original Publication Date: 
22 April, 2009
Castillo said the meeting did not represent a breakthrough, and the Round is not yet back on track. But he was happy the members are in a pragmatic mood, ready to work.

December 15th

Groups Say Why WTO Should Stay Out Of Food And Agriculture

Original Publication Date: 
14 December, 2003
The social movements state that current liberalisation policies focus on increasing exports that satisfy the needs of corporations and threaten the livelihoods of the poorest.

WTO General Council Convenes, With Little Progress And Wide Gaps

Original Publication Date: 
14 December, 2003
'We have witnessed little real negotiation, gaps remain wide and there does not seem to be a sense of urgency,' the chairman, Carlos Perez del Castillo, told the meeting.

November 29th

WTO Agriculture Negotiations: 'Derbez Text' Increases Trade Distortions, More Special Treatment for US and EU!

Original Publication Date: 
28 November, 2003
'Derbez Text' Increases Trade Distortions, More Special Treatment for US and EU!

November 6th

Cancun, Post-Cancun And Implications For The South

Original Publication Date: 
5 November, 2003
The US Commerce Under-Secretary, Mr. Grant Aldonas said that there was 'not a lot of incentive' for the US and the EU to 'lower politically sensitive trade barriers if poor countries refused to lower theirs.'

October 31st

Financing For Development Dialogue At UNHighlights South's Financial Woes US$200 Billion Transferred By Poor To Rich Countries In 2002

Original Publication Date: 
30 October, 2003
Instead of developing countries receiving more external financial resources, the reverse has hapened: there was a net transfer of funds from developing countries to developed countries amounting to almost $200 billion in 2002.

October 29th

Motions Without Movement At The WTO

Original Publication Date: 
28 October, 2003
As the developing countries, and some of their leaders (here and in capitals) show eagerness to resume the negotiations, the US and the EC seem to be strengthened in their view that they could demand and get a price from the developing countries for this.

Reviving Trade Talks? Developing Countries Expected To Make The First Step

Original Publication Date: 
28 October, 2003
During the last couple of weeks, the WTO headquarters in Geneva has been an unusually calm and quiet place, after weeks of chaotic and untransparent negotiations just before the WTO Ministerial Meeting in Cancun.

September 30th

Food Sovereignty: Global Rallying Cry Of Farmer Movements

Original Publication Date: 
29 September, 2003
Via Campesina, the largest international farmer's organization, and other organizations that adhere to the food sovereignty principle, call for excluding food and agriculture from trade agreements like the WTO, NAFTA and the FTAA.