Access to medicines, TRIPS waiver

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COVID-19 crisis

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: English, Spanish, French

Call to Halt Fisheries Subsidies Negotiations in the Middle of the COVID 19 Crisis: English, Spanish, French. 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

WTO reform

Global Civil Society Calls for a WTO Turnaround: New Multilateral Trade Rules for People-Centered Shared Prosperity and Sustainable Development (2021): English, Spanish, French.

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: article

October 9, 2017: Letter from Global Civil Society about the Agenda of the WTO: English: pdf, docx. Spanish: pdf, docx. French: pdf, docx. Greek: pdf, docx.

still relevant:
WTO Turnaround 2013:
Food, Jobs and Sustainable Development First
– Statement (Oct 28, 2013): English Spanish French Portuguese

more on WTO process issues …

Towards MC12

The 12th 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): English, Spanish, French.

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”: English, Spanish, French.

Letter to WTO DG from members of Our World Is Not for Sale


Market access the true aim of WTO fisheries subsidies negotiations: English, Spanish

Fisheries subsidies negotiations and development in the World Trade Organization

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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

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Disciplining non-discriminatory domestic regulations in the services sectors – Another plurilateral track at the WTO

“Domestic regulation” rules in the WTO: English: pdf, docx. Spanish: pdf, doc.

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?

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Development agenda

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.

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Inequitable WTO rules in agriculture continue to impact farmers in the developing world: English, Spanish

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

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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

Digital trade

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'économie numérique

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 …

La Economia Digital

‘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 …