5th Ministerial, Cancùn 2003

Leaked EU Draft Exposes Reality Behind 'Development Rethoric'

Original Publication Date: 
11 September, 2003
In the case of the ongoing negotiations of services, of which the European economies are a major producer and exporter, the leaked text wants to add a strict timeline for the process to reach final conclusions.

WTO: The US Demands Poor Countries To 'pay' For Agricultural Subsidy Reduction

Original Publication Date: 
11 September, 2003
Progress in agriculture would allow for developing countries to make some concession in other areas of interest to developed countries, such as non-agriculture products, where poor countries are being asked to lower their import tariffs.

Cancun Ministerial Starts In Shadow Of Protests And An Untransparent Process

Original Publication Date: 
10 September, 2003
A group of Korean farmers rammed a steel barricade on the road that was meant to prevent protestors from entering the zone.

Historic Cartagena Biosafety Protocol Comes Into Effect

Original Publication Date: 
10 September, 2003
One of the Protocol's major provisions embodies the 'Precautionary Principle', recognizing that a country can forbid importation when there is not sufficient information or research results to do an adequate assessment.

Singapore Issues: No Negotiations, Say 70 Developing Countries

Original Publication Date: 
10 September, 2003
Ministers representing seventy developing countries have issued a statement that there is no explicit consensus on commencing negotiations on modalities on the Singapore Issues.

Brazil upbeat on agriculture outcome, ACP Group confirm their stand on Singapore issues

Original Publication Date: 
10 September, 2003
Brazillian Minister, Celso Amorim, said that the G21 was 'fully satisfied' that the Conference Chair will ensure that the contribution of the Group will be considered in the agenda and work programme of the Conference.

Protesters March On Cancun

Original Publication Date: 
9 September, 2003
Yesterday, some 1,000 anarchists and leftists marched through downtown Cancun, banging drums and chanting anti-WTO slogans.

Greetings To Everyone From The WTO Meeting And Social Movements Resistance.

Original Publication Date: 
9 September, 2003
In an important development, yesterday the G-21 countries met yesterday to strengthen their alliance on the key issue of agriculture within the WTO.

Peasant Farmers Show Strength In Cauldron Of Grassroots Politics

Original Publication Date: 
9 September, 2003
Cancun is a symbol of globalisation, and the growing gap between the rich and the poor.

Korean Farmer Takes Own Life Amid Protests in Canc?n

Original Publication Date: 
9 September, 2003
'We all regret this sad incident,' WTO Director-General Supachai Panitchpakdi said after Lee Kyang Hae, 55, stabbed himself during a protest.

The WTO Should Take A Look In Cancun's Back Yard.

Original Publication Date: 
8 September, 2003
'They promised tourist development that would help indigenous people, help the local people and help the poor people. And we noticed at the beginning of the process that that was lies, that wasn't the way it was going to be.' -Aguillon

Agriculture Becomes The Centerpiece-

Original Publication Date: 
8 September, 2003
All major press conferences organized on 9th September a day before the Cancun Ministerial Conference (September 10-14, 2003) clearly show that Agriculture is going to make or break the Cancun Ministerial Conference of the WTO.

Developing Countries Prepare For Agriculture Battle At Cancun Ministerial

Original Publication Date: 
8 September, 2003
'Ours is a good cause, we have the support of our population and a large proportion of world opinion, this is a chance for the WTO to show it cares for the poor.' - AMORIN

India Steps Up Attack On US, EU Ahead Of WTO Meet

Original Publication Date: 
8 September, 2003
Strong domestic support and export subsidies in developed nations have placed tremendous curbs on the export of farm goods by developing nations which had been blocking progress on other fronts in the WTO.

Ministers Limber Up For WTO Subsidies Battle

Original Publication Date: 
8 September, 2003
Breaking the two-year deadlock over farm trade reform is widely seen as the linchpin of the five-day meeting and an acid test of rich countries' pledges to make the Doha talks a 'development' round.