6th Ministerial, Hong Kong 2005

Sticking to Positions

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29 June, 2006
Doha Development Agenda key players the United States, the European Union, Brazil, India and the Group-of-10 defensive coalition stuck tight to their positions yesterday on Doha Development Agenda agriculture and nonagricultural market access

Mr. Lamy’s Failed ‘20-20-20' Formula

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29 June, 2006
World Trade Organization chief Pascal Lamy

WTO must reform to stop rich countries' underhand tactics

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28 June, 2006
Threats, deception and manipulation are among the negotiating tactics used by rich countries in the current round of trade talks reveals a new report, The Doha Deception Round: How the US and EU cheated developing countries at the WTO Hong Kong Ministerial, launched today by ActionAid.

The Doha Round: A disaster for Farmers around the world

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28 June, 2006
Press statement: Farmer leaders representing the international peasant movement La Via Campesina are in Geneva to express their rejection of the WTO Doha Round. The agreement currently negotiated in

Concerns on process and on 'real trade flows' on eve of Ministerial

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28 June, 2006
As many Ministers and senior officials arrived today in Geneva for several days of WTO meetings, speculation was still rife on how the 'Ministerial Green Room' would be run, what issues would the Director General Pascal Lamy really want to focus on (and what issues may thus be left out), and what the Ministers and officials who are not invited to the Green Room would be doing.

Mini-Ministerial not legitimate, says NGO letter to Ministers

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28 June, 2006
A group of over 100 civil society organizations has denounced the mini-Ministerial meeting to be held in Geneva in the next days as not legitimate as it does not allow for the effective participation of all Ministers.

Lamy outlines process for Mini-Ministerial this week

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28 June, 2006
The Chair of the WTO's Trade Negotiations Committee (TNC) Pascal Lamy, at an informal Heads of Delegation meeting Wednesday, outlined to WTO members the process, and substantive issues that are to be tackled at a 'mini-Ministerial' that begins on Friday (30 June).

More than 70 European NGOs demand a new approach to the multilateral trading system

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27 June, 2006
Over 70 European Civil Society Organisations from 21 countries [1] have today demanded a halt to the Doha round of the WTO talks. Tomorrow, EU Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson and the European foreign ministers will meet in Geneva for a WTO Mini-Ministerial, which will attempt to strike a last minute deal to rescue the stalled negotiations.

Leaving It Up to Ministers

Original Publication Date: 
27 June, 2006
Key members of the World Trade Organization yesterday sharply differed over what constitutes the level of political 'ambition' in the Doha Development Agenda modalities for agriculture and market-opening for industrials challenging whether 'real cuts' and 'new market access' are part of the overall mandate

Members confirm deep divisions in agriculture

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27 June, 2006
WTO members met this morning after the release of the draft possible modalities prepared by Ambassador Crawford Falconer of New Zealand, Chair of the Committee on Agriculture (Special Session) the previous day.

WTO chief outlines possible Doha deal

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27 June, 2006
Leading countries in the troubled

A Marathon G-6 Ministerial

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27 June, 2006
Trade chiefs of the Group-of-Six nations will meet Thursday in a 'last-ditch' effort to resolve all the remaining issues in the trade-distorting domestic support and market access pillars of Doha Development Agenda farm trade negotiations

Sequencing the WTO 'Ministerial' and Scenarios of the Stages it has to Clear

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27 June, 2006
A document listing issues to be tackled at the WTO 'Mini-Ministerial' starting on 30 June, and the sequence in which the discussion will take place, was discussed in a Green Room meeting of about 30 Ambassadors with WTO Director-General Pascal Lamy on Tuesday 27 June morning.

Planning the End of the Beginning

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27 June, 2006
World Trade Organization Director General Pascal Lamy yesterday circulated a revised list of issues designed for discussion by the 30-plus trade ministers that arrive here this week in an attempt to conclude negotiating modalities for the Doha Development Agenda trade in agriculture and nonagricultural market access.

?Make-or-Break? Geneva Sessions

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27 June, 2006
This week's ministerial meetings in Geneva aimed at settling on negotiating modalities for agriculture and nonagricultural market access are 'make-or-break' for the World Trade Organization's Doha Development Agenda trade round, Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns said yesterday