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WTO agrees to resume part of stalled Doha talks

Original Publication Date: 
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

Original Publication Date: 
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

Original Publication Date: 
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

Original Publication Date: 
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

Original Publication Date: 
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?

Original Publication Date: 
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

Original Publication Date: 
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

Original Publication Date: 
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

Original Publication Date: 
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

Original Publication Date: 
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

Original Publication Date: 
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 2 of UNCTAD meetings: Supachai and Lamy give views on Doha suspension at TDB

Original Publication Date: 
9 October, 2006
The suspension of the World Trade Organisation's Doha negotiations should not lower the expectations for the development dimension of the Doha Round.

Report 6 on UNCTAD meetings: Focus on Round's content, not just its completion, says Indian Minister Kamal Nath

Original Publication Date: 
9 October, 2006
Although there is a lot of talk about the need for completion of the World Trade Organisation's Doha Round, the content of the Round's outcome is just as important and there should be emphasis on this content instead as talk of a Development Round has been rhetorical so far, according to India's Commerce and Industry Minister Kamal Nath.

Report 3 on UNCTAD meetings: Doha talks should resume but on development basis

Original Publication Date: 
9 October, 2006
The World Trade Organisation's Doha negotiations should resume as soon as possible, and on the basis of the development mandate and principle so that the developing countries will really benefit, according to many developing countries individually or through their groupings.

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

Original Publication Date: 
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.