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WTO agrees to resume part of stalled Doha talks

15 November, 2006
The World Trade Organisation (WTO) agreed on Thursday to a limited resumption of stalled free trade talks, but warned that major powers had not yet shown the flexibility needed for a deal.

WTO talks on resumption of Doha talks

15 November, 2006
Members of the World Trade Organization appear to be in favour of resuming the Doha negotiations, suspended by WTO Director-General Pascal Lamy (and endorsed by the Trade Negotiations Committee) in July, and subsequently "taken note of" by the General Council.

Getting Closer to a Re-start

12 November, 2006
Nearly four months after suspension, World Trade Organization Chief Pascal Lamy on Friday signaled the need to restart what he called the 'process' of negotiations in all areas of the Doha Development Agenda 'single undertaking'.

Mr. Lamy’s ’Quiet‘ Visit to Washington

5 November, 2006
World Trade Organization Director General Pascal Lamy visited some high-ranking officials here Thursday and Friday to plead the case for resuming the long-stalled Doha Development Agenda negotiations - and then left for New York to participate in yesterday's New York City marathon

Doha proposals would lead to heavy losses, few benefits

31 October, 2006
The proposed deals of the Doha Round negotiations to date would cause developing countries generally to incur much more costs than the negligible benefits that would go to a few, and the present pause in the negotiations should be welcomed so that a rethinking of the negotiations can be undertaken.

A New G-6 in the Works?

18 October, 2006
In what is seen as a serious attempt to instill new leadership into the flagging Doha Development Agenda trade negotiations, a new Group-of-Six countries - comprised of Norway, Canada, New Zealand, Chile, Indonesia and Kenya - has been established to move the stall negotiations forward.

Geneva Update: Doha talks suspended but delegates busy

17 October, 2006
Brasilia, Kuala Lumpur, Rio de Janeiro, Cairns, Batam, Geneva, Brussels, Washington, are only some of the places where high level meetings aimed at restarting the stalled Doha trade negotiations have taken place since the de facto suspension of negotiations on July 27. With different groups of countries involved in various discussions with changing priorities, interested groups and citizens around the world are having a hard time following what negotiators are offering. Here is an update from Geneva on what has happened over the last two months and some developments to monitor.

EU commissioners in bed with business; Campaigners demand a cut to corporate power over the EU

16 October, 2006
Today, Friends of the Earth Europe and the Seattle to Brussels Network demanded that the European Union stops making policy decisions biased towards business interests. Trade and environmental campaigners staged an action outside the annual back-pat of the Confederation of European Business (UNICE) today, attended by six European Commissioners and called 'Why do companies care about Europe?'.

Envoys Seeking Solution to DDA Stall

15 October, 2006
Trade envoys from a score of countries are making intense efforts to find the 'right spark' to reignite the suspended Doha Development Agenda trade negotiations soon.

Additional evidence that the poorest DCs would lose from the Doha Round

13 October, 2006
Here are additional pieces of evidence that the current Doha Round negotiations would be detrimental to DCs, particularly the poorest ones, those in Sub-Saharan Africa. They complement the four references already circulated by War on want for the Westminster Hall Debate on World Trade of 12 October 2006.

Impacts of resuming the Doha Round of WTO trade talks

11 October, 2006
The following quotes are taken from recent academic analysis of the estimated gains and losses from restarting the Doha Round of WTO negotiations, including the EU

Report 5 on UNCTAD meetings: Global, national policy reform stressed in UNCTAD MTR report

9 October, 2006
Proposals for better United Nations system-wide coherence should start by addressing the need for coordinated economic global policy-making, which is lagging behind the problems caused by increasing interdependence.

Report 4 on UNCTAD meetings: Lively UNCTAD debate on policy space, development strategy

9 October, 2006
An interesting debate took place at the Trade and Development Board (TDB) of UNCTAD on the question of "policy space", on the imbalances of existing multilateral rules in some areas and their absence in others, and the impact of this on developing countries' ability to formulate national development policies.

Reports on UNCTAD's Annual Board (TDB) Session: Report 1 on the Opening

9 October, 2006
The UN Trade and Development Board's annual session started today with UNCTAD Secretary-General Dr Supachai Panitchpakdi giving his opening statement as scheduled.

U.S. Wants WTO Breakthrough Within Six Months, Schwab Says

9 October, 2006
The top U.S. trade negotiator vowed to push for a breakthrough in negotiations at the World Trade Organization within the next six months so that lawmakers can be convinced to extend trade negotiating authority.