WTO Process Issues

Revirement de l’OMC 2013: priorité à la nourriture, auxemplois et au développement durable – déclaration

Après de nombreuses conférences ministérielles ratées et presque douze ans de négociations, le cycle de Doha d’expansion de l’OMC est au point mort. Les pays développés ont poussé des accords parallèles pour négocier des questions cruciales pour les pays en développement,censées corriger les déséquilibres actuels de l’OMC et qui constituaient la base du mandat de développement de Doha. Pire : les pays développés semblent réemballer les mêmes demandes de libéralisation et d’accès au marché de leurs intérêts des entreprises transnationalesafin de tisser un nouveau « fil conducteur commercial » pour conclure des accords lors de la 9ème ministérielle à Bali. Dans cette déclaration, avec des demandes spécifiques le réseau Notre monde n’est pas à vendre (OWINFS) affirme qu’en plus d’une transformation à long terme de l’architecture globale commerciale et économique, des changements immédiats doivent être apportés à l’OMC afin de donner aux pays plus de marge de manœuvre pour poursuivre un agenda positif pour le développement et la création d’emplois, la sécurité alimentaire, le développement durable, l’accès à des soins de santé et des médicaments abordables et la stabilité financière globale.

La société civile internationale envoie une lettre aux gouvernements pour s’opposer à « l’accord sur le commerce des services » proposé, alors que les négociateurs arrivent à Genève

Original Publication Date: 
16 September, 2013
Aujourd’hui, alors que les gouvernements se réunissent à Genève pour négocier une proposition d’Accord sur le commerce des services (ACS), 341 organisations représentant des centaines de millions de personnes dans presque tous les pays en développement et développés, ont appelé les gouvernements à abandonner les discussions. Parmi les signataires figurent 42 grands réseaux internationaux et régionaux, comme l’Internationale des services publics (PSI), UNI Global Union, la Fédération Syndicale européenne des Services Publics (FSESP), l’IndustriALL Global Union, l’Union interntionale des travailleurs de l’agriculture (UITA), et le réseau ATTAC européen. La lettre a été organisée par le réseau OWINFS.

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

Ne diluez pas la proposition du G33: Membres de la société civile globale, demand au directeur général de l OMC et aux des pays membres

Delivery date: 
20 November, 2013
En tant que membres de la société civile globale, nous demandons au directeur général de l’Organisation mondiale du commerce, Roberto Azevedo, et aux présidents des pays membres, de prendre très au sérieux la question de la sécurité alimentaire dans les pays en développement et de ne pas faire de la proposition du G33 sur les stocks publics de nourriture une mascarade, en demandant aux pays en développement d’accepter le texte actuel sur la clause de paix.

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.

STOP A LA DEREGULATION ET AU BRADAGE DES SERVICES AU PROFIT D’INTERETS CORPORATISTES!

Aujourd’hui, alors que les gouvernements se réunissent à Genève pour négocier une proposition d’Accord sur le commerce des services (ACS), 345 organisations représentant des centaines de millions de personnes dans presque tous les pays en développement et développés, ont appelé les gouvernements à abandonner les discussions. Parmi les signataires figurent 42 grands réseaux internationaux et régionaux, comme l’Internationale des services publics (PSI), UNI Global Union, la Fédération Syndicale européenne des Services Publics (FSESP), l’IndustriALL Global Union, l’Union interntionale des travailleurs de l’agriculture (UITA), et le réseau ATTAC européen. La lettre a été organisée par le réseau OWINFS.

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 société civile globale dit non à des règles contraignantes sur la facilitation du commerce à l'OMC, les accords de libre-échange et les accords de partenariat économique

Delivery date: 
6 June, 2013
Des organisations de la société civile qui représentent des centaines de millions de membres de par le monde, exhortent les membres de l'OMC à abandonner les négociations d'un accord contraignant sur la facilitation du commerce en vue de la 9ème conférence ministérielle de l'Organisation mondiale du commerce (OMC) à Bali. Elles demandent aussi aux gouvernements de ne pas promouvoir de règles contraignantes sur la facilitation du commerce à l'intérieur de l'OMC, par l'accord proposé sur la facilitation du commerce (FC), ni par d'autres moyens tels que les accords bilatéraux ou régionaux de libre-échange (ALE), ou les accords de partenariat économique (APE).

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."

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.