11th Ministerial, Buenos Aires 2017

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Media release (Dec 11, 2017): Civil Society Protest at the Entrance of the WTO 11th Ministerial in Buenos Aires

MEDIA AVAILABILITY: Civil Society / NGO Contacts for MC11 WTO Ministerial Dec 10-13, 2017

Global Civil Society Shares What’s at Stake at MC 11:

A Positive Outcome for Development at the MC11 in Argentina?
Video from the side event organized by OWINFS on Sunday, Dec 10.

Upcoming OWINFS side event:


Argentine Government Revokes World Trade Organization’s Accreditation of Key Civil Society Organizations, Just Days before Ministerial Conference in Buenos Aires

November 30, 2017: In an unprecedented action, the Argentine government has revoked the accreditation of 63 civil society experts -- trade unionists, development advocates, digital rights activists, environmentalists, and others -- just days before the 11th Ministerial meeting of the WTO (MC11) in Buenos Aires, advising the WTO that the experts will not be allowed in the country to participate in the meeting. The majority of the rejected organizations work together through the global Our World Is Not for Sale (OWINFS) network.

Full media advisory: English Spanish French

Letter to the WTO: English, Spanish. French

Follow-up letter (December 3, 2017)

December 7, 2017: Letter from the European Commission expressing concern and asking for the decision to be reversed.

December 8, 2017: El gobierno de Macri deporta a periodista inglesa crítica de su gestión por haber entregado información de argentinos para Big Data (Sally Burch deported)

December 10, 2017: Statement by Sally Burch: English, Spanish.

Letter from Global Civil Society about the Agenda of the WTO

Delivery date: 9 October, 2017

English: pdf, docx. Spanish: pdf, docx. French: pdf, docx. Greek: pdf, docx.

Analysis of key issues for the 11th WTO Ministerial

Statement by women’s rights organisations rejecting the WTO Declaration on Women’s Economic Empowerment

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

Is “gender” a Trojan horse to introduce new issues at WTO?

A deadly irony for people’s economic rights as WTO opens talks on International Rights Day

Analyses of Domestic Regulation Disciplines

What Africa wants at MC11

Fisheries subsidies negotiations: English: pdf, doc. French: pdf, doc. Spanish: pdf, doc.

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

!--Dec 1--> The fourth industrial revolution will deepen the digital divide. Alliance Sud Position on the Eleventh WTO Ministerial Conference: English, French.

Key Analysis: E-commerce

Twelve reasons to oppose rules on digital commerce in the WTO: English: pdf, docx. French: pdf, docx. Spanish: pdf, doc.

E-commerce and the World Trade Organization: English: pdf, docx. Spanish: pdf, docx. French: pdf, docx.

Risk of a deepening of the digital divide – worrisome WTO discussions

Preliminary analysis of aspects of some WTO ecommerce proposals

Some preliminary implications of WTO source code proposal

Some of the implications of ecommerce proposals for government procurement

Micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) and e-commerce: English: pdf, docx.

UNCTAD report: Rising product digitalisation and losing trade competitiveness.

Jane Kelsey: E-commerce: the development implications of future proofing global trade rules for GAFA

E-signatures and trade: English: pdf.

Key Analysis: Agriculture

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