Seeking market access behind the veil of combating COVID-19
The insanity of business-as-usual trade negotiations: While most nations are focused on coping with Covid-19 and its aftermath, some rich countries are pushing binding WTO rules.
Letter from 400 organizations from more than 150 countries to WTO Members: Stop all trade and
investment treaty negotiations during the COVID-19 outbreak and refocus on access to
medical supplies and saving lives:
Call to Halt Fisheries Subsidies Negotiations in the Middle of the COVID 19 Crisis:
Response from WTO DG Azevêdo.
COVID-19 straw breaks free trade camel's back
COVID-19: CSOs call for fair & equitable benefit sharing of medical products
South sets out developmental priorities in face of COVID-19
COVID-19: Trade policy choices during and after pandemic
COVID-19: South opposes attempts to foist trade liberalization measures
Global Civil Society Calls for a WTO Turnaround: New Multilateral Trade Rules for People-Centered Shared Prosperity and Sustainable Development (2021)
As WTO dispute settlement system collapses, civil society calls attention to need for fundamental change in global trade
The WTO 20 years after the 'battle of Seattle'
Looking back on the 1999 protests in Seattle:
October 9, 2017:
Letter from Global Civil Society about the Agenda of the WTO:
WTO Turnaround 2013:
Food, Jobs and Sustainable
Development First – Statement (Oct 28, 2013):
more on WTO process issues …
Ministerial Conference of the WTO is scheduled to take place Nov 30 - Dec 3, 2021 in Geneva.
Global Civil Society Calls for a WTO Turnaround: New Multilateral Trade Rules for People-Centered Shared Prosperity and Sustainable Development (2021):
Civil Society (free, virtual) Events at the WTO Public Forum (28 September - 1 October 2021).
Why the Joint Statement Initiatives Lack Legal Legitimacy in the WTO, by Law Professor Jane Kelsey, a rebuttal to a previous document by Hamid Mamdouh, “Plurilateral Negotiations and Outcomes in the WTO.”
Resumen en español.
Over 200 organizations from 67 countries say:
“Fundamentally transform the WTO: The WTO’s own policies have caused its
existential crisis, which the COVID-19 crisis only amplified”:
Letter to WTO DG from members of Our World Is Not for Sale
Market access the true aim of WTO fisheries subsidies negotiations
Fisheries subsidies negotiations and development in the World Trade Organization
more on fisheries …
Scope of an investment facilitation framework: Implications for its developmental claim
Investment facilitation – Another plurilateral initiative at the WTO and its potential implications
Rebuttal to “The WTO Investment Facilitation Initiative: Why It Matters” – background note: Investment Facilitation
for Development: Opening the doors of the WTO for hard rules on investment
more on investment …
Disciplining non-discriminatory domestic regulations in the services sectors – Another plurilateral track at the WTO
“Domestic regulation” rules in the WTO:
Session at the 2019 WTO Public Forum: #111. What would services as the next trade frontier look like?
Session at the 2019 WTO Public Forum: #119. Why are computer and related services important?
more on services …
Rich countries have blocked the development agenda since the founding of the WTO, and now are waging an assault against existing flexibilities.
Reforming the international trading system for recovery, resilience and inclusive development.
South sets out developmental priorities in face of COVID-19.
Updated TWN Briefing paper on International negotiations by virtual means in the time of the COVID-19 pandemic.
New WTO DG delivers "divisive" trade agenda at GC meeting.
Recovering better from COVID-19 will need a rethink of multilateralism.
more on the development agenda …
Inequitable WTO rules in agriculture continue to impact farmers in the developing world
Agriculture remains key
WTO summit to ignore price crisis, agricultural dumping
WTO and Food Security: Biting the hand that feeds the poor
For India, the fight at WTO will be about food security
more on agriculture …
UNCTAD XV quadrennial conference is scheduled to take place virtually on October 3-8, 2021.
Letter from Jeffrey Sachs and Mark Weisbrot to UNCTAD Member States on unilateral coercive measures
Letter from Public Services International (PSI) to UNCTAD member states urging them to strengthen UNCTAD’s mandate on tax, debt, finance, and trade for development
Similar Letter from PSI and EPSU to UNCTAD European member states
Civil Society Declaration for UNCTAD XV, Bridgetown, Barbados
UNCTAD CSO Forum Agenda
Letter on trade, investment, digitalization, climate issues in the UNCTAD mandate
Letter on UNCTAD mandate language on data flows
Gender justice requires a broad mandate for UNCTAD
The assault on UNCTAD’s mandate must be reversed
Letter from CSOs to UNCTAD Secretariat
TWN Brief on key issues for developing countries while negotiations continue on UNCTAD XV
Reforming the international trading system for recovery, resilience and inclusive development
Some countries are pushing for anti-development, anti-public interest and pro-Big Tech rules in the WTO under the guise of “e‑commerce.”
Building back better with e-commerce: A feminist roadmap
Digital Trade Rules: A disastrous new constitution for the global economy written by and for Big Tech: English, Spanish
E-commerce proposals at the WTO: a recipe for corporate greed
Digital trade rules and Big Tech: Surrendering public good to private power
US to target countries that impose digital services taxes
Updated Twelve Reasons:
English: pdf, docx.
Spanish: pdf, doc.
French: pdf, docx.
more on the digital economy …
L’Afrique francophone face au e-commerce à l’OMC
Les impacts « anti-développement » des dispositions fiscales prévues dans les règles proposées sur le commerce numérique à l’OMC
Lettre de la société civile contre les règles sur le commerce électronique à l’Organisation mondiale du commerce (OMC)
Douze raisons de s’opposer aux règles sur le commerce électronique à l’OMC
plus d'informations sur l'économie numérique …
‘Big tech’ en la OMC
Los países del Sur adoptan una postura firme
sobre la geoeconomía de los datos
Las asociaciones de PYMES rechazan el programa de trabajo de PYMES y las Reglas de comercio electronico de la OMC
Doce razones por las cuales debemos oponernos a las
normas relativas al comercio digital en el marco de la OMC
El comercio electrónico y la OMC
Tecnología, comercio electrónico y empleo
Comercio electrónico, futuro del trabajo y su impacto en las mujeres
más sobre la economia digital …