WTO Process Issues

Darle vuelta a la OMC 2013: Alimentos, fuentes de trabajo y desarrollo sustentable en primer lugar

Luego de muchas reuniones ministeriales fracasadas y casi doce años de negociaciones, la Ronda de Doha para la expansión de la OMC está en una encrucijada. Los países desarrollados han dejado de lado la negociación de acuerdos clave para los países en desarrollo cuyo propósito es corregir los desequilibrios existentes dentro de la OMC actual, y que constituyeron la base del mandato de desarrollo del Programa de Doha. Aun peor es que los países desarrollados parecen estar re-etiquetando los antiguos reclamos de sus grandes empresas por mayor liberalización y acceso al mercado con el fin de crear una “nueva narrativa comercial” y así obtener acuerdos en la próxima 9ª Conferencia Ministerial de Bali. En esta declaración con las demandas específicas la red Nuestro Mundo No Está en Venta (OWINFS) sostiene que además de una transformación a largo plazo de la arquitectura económica y comercial mundial vigente, se deben introducir cambios inmediatos en la OMC para ofrecerles a los países más espacio político para que trabajen en pos de una agenda positiva de desarrollo y generación de empleo, seguridad alimentaria, desarrollo sustentable, acceso asequible a la salud y a medicamentos, y estabilidad financiera mundial.

US and allies ‘strike work' on post-Bali, Doha Round

Original Publication Date: 
24 September, 2014
The United States and its close ‘allies' in industrialised countries, appear to be bent on continuing their campaign to paralyse all negotiations and talks at the WTO - on the other parts of the Bali package, a post-Bali work programme, and the Doha Round - by refusing ‘to work' on other issues, until the US-EU cherished protocol on the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) is agreed to and delivered. In this SUNS - South North Development Monitor article By Chakravarthi Raghavan analyses latest state of play in WTO negotiations and US & allies' negotiation strategies.

Indian farmers organizations call upon the Government to stand firm on food security issue at the WTO

Original Publication Date: 
23 July, 2014
In a statement released ahead of the WTO General Council meeting tomorrow, farmers organization in India called upon the Indian Government to stand firm on linking the Food Security proposal with the Trade Facilitation Agreement in WTO. Farmers’ leaders expressed shock over the Chair's summary of the G 20 trade ministers meeting which was held on July 19 at Sydney.

Indian Farmers' Statement on India's Stand at the WTO - 23 July 2014

Delivery date: 
23 July, 2014
In a statement released ahead of the WTO General Council meeting tomorrow, farmers organization in India called upon the Indian Government to stand firm on linking the Food Security proposal with the Trade Facilitation Agreement in WTO. Farmers’ leaders expressed shock over the Chair's summary of the G 20 trade ministers meeting which was held on July 19 at Sydney.

As G20 trade ministers meet in Sydney, international CSOs urge that development must come before “Trade Facilitation” in WTO

Original Publication Date: 
18 July, 2014
In the backdrop of trade ministers meet in Sydney, today, 164 civil society organizations and trade unions from more than 150 developing and developed countries urged government representatives in Geneva to “condition the entry into force of the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) to the conclusion and fulfillment of the Development mandate under the Doha negotiations.”

WTO food fight in Bali? By Martin Khor

Original Publication Date: 
3 December, 2013
In this article, Martin Khor, Executive Director of Geneva-based South Centre writes about tense battle at 9th WTO Ministerial Meeting in Bali.

US Civil society call upon US Govt. to support G33 Food Security Proposal

Delivery date: 
26 November, 2013
In this letter to Ambassador Mike Froman, United State Trade Representative (USTR) and Ambassador Michael Punke Deputy USTR and Permanent Representative to the WTO, Civil society groups from US express dismay over over US opposition to G33 proposal and urged the US government to support the G33’s proposal to allow for greater public spending to ensure more stable food supplies and prices in developing countries

A Peace Clause, without Peace in Food Security

Original Publication Date: 
19 November, 2013
A draft text of the 'Peace Clause' agreed to at the WTO by a select group of countries on Saturday 16 November ad referendum - subject to approval by capitals - seems likely to assure no Peace to developing countries on food security, and more specifically to the ability of developing country governments to procure food from their producers for public stock-holding and distribution to the poor.

Information Technology Agreement (ITA) - Global Unions and International Civil Society Express Concerns

The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) together with 163 other trade union and civil society organisations are raising concerns over a proposed expansion of the Information Technology Agreement (ITA II) being negotiated at the World Trade Organisation (WTO). In a joint letter to the WTO members, they argued that the proposed expansion, would lead to erosion of manufacturing potential in developing countries and called for a comprehensive impact assessment of ITA I before taking a decision on ITA II.

No más desregulación y entrega de servicios a intereses empresariales

As governments meet in Geneva to negotiate a proposed Trade in Services Agreement (TISA), 345 organizations representing hundreds of thousands of people from nearly every developing and developed country, called on governments to abandon the talks. Among the endorsers were 42 major international and regional networks such as Public Services International (PSI), UNI Global Union, the European Federation of Public Services Unions (EPSU), the IndustriALL Global Union, the International Union of Food and Allied Workers (IUF), and the ATTAC European network. The letter was organized by the OWINFS network.

LDCs get eight more years of exemption from WTO - TRIPS rules

Original Publication Date: 
11 June, 2013
Today (11 June 2013) the WTO-Trade-Related Intellectual Property Rules (TRIPS) Council adopted a decision granting Least Developed Countries (LDCs) an eight-year extension of the transition period, (deferring the time within which LDCs to implement the TRIPS Agreement), without the pernicious mandatory “no roll-back” clause (contained in the previous extension decision) which developed countries pushed hard to include.

International civil society opposes binding rules on “Trade Facilitation” in the WTO

Original Publication Date: 
6 June, 2013
In a letter to WTO member governments, 188 organizations representing a wide diversity of civil society from developing and developed countries, called on government representatives in Geneva to “abandon the negotiations towards a binding agreement on Trade Facilitation in advance of the upcoming 9th Ministerial meeting of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Bali." The letter was organized by the Our World Is Not for Sale (OWINFS) network. The letter states “binding rules on Trade Facilitation should not be promoted either inside the WTO through the proposed Trade Facilitation (TF) agreement, nor through other avenues such as bilateral or regional Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) or Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs)."

La sociedad civil mundial dice !No a las normas vinculantes de facilitación del comercio en la OMC, los TLC y AAE!

Delivery date: 
6 June, 2013
Organizaciones de la sociedad civil que representan a cientos de millones de personas en todo el mundo exhortan a los miembros de la OMC a que abandonen las negociaciones para un acuerdo vinculante sobre la Facilitación del Comercio antes que se inicie la próxima 9ª Conferencia Ministerial de la Organización Mundial del Comercio (OMC) en Bali, Indonesia. Además instan a los gobiernos a que no promuevan normas vinculantes de facilitación del comercio ni en el seno de la OMC a través del acuerdo sobre Facilitación del Comercio propuesto, ni por otras vías tales como los Tratados de Libre Comercio (TLC) bilaterales o regionales y los Acuerdos de Asociación Económica (AAE).

NGOs object to Lamy panel, call for its dissolution

Original Publication Date: 
2 August, 2012
In a letter to the Director-General dated 25 June 2012, global civil society groups said that the "WTO Panel on Defining the Future of Trade", more than half of which is composed of representatives of the business sector, "does not have the global legitimacy of the stakeholders - those who will be impacted by the future of trade negotiations within the WTO - to be able to propose a legitimate path forward for future WTO negotiations."

Grupos de la sociedad civil se oponen firmemente al recientemente creado “Panel de la OMC para definir el futuro del comercio”

Grupos de la sociedad civil de todo el mundo le escribieron a Pascal Lamy, Director General saliente de la OMC, para expresar su firme rechazo al recientemente creado “Panel de la OMC para definir el futuro del comercio”. Ese panel, donde más de la mitad de los miembros son representantes del sector empresarial, no tiene la legitimidad mundial de las partes interesadas - aquellas personas que se verán afectadas por las futuras negociaciones comerciales en el marco de la OMC- para proponer un camino legítimo a seguir en las negociaciones futuras de la OMC.

New LDC accession guidelines could harm LDCs, say NGOs

Original Publication Date: 
27 July, 2012
Global Civil society groups warned that new guidelines for the accession of the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) could seriously harm, rather than help, the LDCs in their accession process, and governments should oppose the current package and send it back for re-negotiation and improvement.

OWINFS letter on New Guidelines for LDC Accession, July 24, 2012

Due date: 
24 July, 2012
Delivery date: 
24 July, 2012
Global civil society groups urged WTO member countries to oppose the current Least Developed Countries (LDCs) accession package, and send it back for re-negotiation and improvement before it is accepted by the WTO membership.

BITs, FTAs and damaging effects of their investment chapters

Original Publication Date: 
2 October, 2012
The damaging effects of Bilateral Investment Treaties (BITs) and the investment chapters of North-South Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) were highlighted at a World Trade Organisation (WTO) Public Forum event on "Investment provisions and agreements: What is the right 21st century approach?" jointly organised by Our World Is Not for Sale Network, the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), and Public Citizen on Tuesday, 26 September 2012.

BITs ‘not decisive in attracting investment', says South Africa

Original Publication Date: 
27 September, 2012
South Africa's Deputy Director General from the Department of Trade and Industry, Mr. Xavier Carim, remarked that 'South African government's experience has shown that there was no clear relationship between signing Bilateral Investment Treaties (BITs) and increased inflows of FDI' at a WTO Public Forum event on international investment agreements organized by OWINFS on 25 September 2012.

The WTO impasse and the possible roads ahead - a development perspective

Original Publication Date: 
1 November, 2012
At a lively session organized by OWINFS on 26 September, 2012 as part of the WTO’s Public Forum, Ambassadors of developing countries and other experts presented their views on the impasse in the WTO’s Doha negotiations, the “new trade narrative” promoted by major developed countries, and the need for an alternative narrative that reflects reality, from the perspective of developing countries.