WTO Turnaround: Food, Jobs and Sustainable Development First

Original Publication Date: 
16 December, 2011

We Demand Jobs and Industrial Development Policy Space
We Demand the Right to Protect the Policy Space for Development
WTO Rules Must Facilitate Financial Stability Rather than Financial Deregulation
Access to Health and Affordable Medicines before Patent Monopolies
We Demand Trade Rules that Support Food Security and Sovereignty
Protecting Biodiversity and the Banning the Patenting of Life
The WTO Is Not the Venue to Establish Climate Change Policy

Press Release: International Experts Joined Occupy WTO in Critique, Offered Path Forward

Original Publication Date: 
15 December, 2011

Over 50 civil society experts – trade unionists, farmers, development advocates, and consumer activists – from 30 countries have traveled to Geneva for the 8th Ministerial meeting of the World Trade Organization (WTO), working through the global Our World Is Not for Sale (OWINFS) network and the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC). Today they joined local Geneva activists at the “Occupy WTO” tent across from the CICG conference center, where they presented critiques of the current negotiations within the WTO, and offered a path forward for the transformation of the current trading system to provide solutions to the current crises of unemployment, poverty, and the under-regulated financial services sector.

Public Event on Dec. 16 / The Future of Trade in Financial Services: Safeguarding Stability / an Invitation by the Mission of Ecuador to WTO

Original Publication Date: 
15 December, 2011

Friday, December 16 10:00-11:30 am CET
Centre de Conférences de Varembé (CCV), Room B, 9-11 rue de Varembé, Geneva

Public Event on Dec. 16: Accession: What Price for What Benefit?

Original Publication Date: 
15 December, 2011
Any country undergoing accession faces tough questions about the price paid for the benefit received.
While accessions are being promoted as a highlight of this Ministerial meeting, it is noteworthy that these are the first since the onset of the global economic crisis.

Public Event on Dec. 15: Key Aspects of the 8th WTO Ministerial Conference and Beyond

Original Publication Date: 
14 December, 2011
What are the key issues that will be determined at the 8th Ministerial Conference (MC8) of the WTO? How do these decisions relate to the development mandate of the Doha Round, and the global crisis of unemployment? How is the WTO responding to international demands for increased international and national oversight over financial services? What impact are WTO accessions having on the populations of the acceding countries?

WTO’s MC8: Some Critical Issues for Developing Countries

Original Publication Date: 
14 December, 2011
Analytical Note, December 2011

This Analytical Note provides an overview of the following: issues at stake in MC8 for developing countries and key messages for Ministers; the state of play including the main events that took place in the production of the ‘Elements for Political Guidance’ text; the legal status of the Chairman’s Statement as the outcome document of the Ministerial; important process issues to be mindful of during the Ministerial; a detailed look at the issues in the ‘Elements for Political Guidance’ text; and a paragraph by paragraph analysis of the ‘Elements’ text.

MULTILATERALISME 2.0 – les ministres du commerce vont-ils relever le défi?

Original Publication Date: 
1 December, 2009
L'Organisation mondiale du commerce (OMC) se prépare pour sa 7e conférence ministérielle qui se déroulera du 30 novembre au 2 décembre 2009 à Genève. Tandis que les ministres du commerce font leur valise, certains doivent se demander si le voyage vaut la peine. Plus d’un an après l’effondrement de la rencontre mini-ministérielle de juillet 2008, les négociations de Doha n’ont pas avancé d’un iota. Elles auraient même reculé, d’après certains représentants de pays en développement.

Genova: Lovely Planet Tour

Original Publication Date: 
29 November, 2009
At the link a photo from Genova about the Lovely Planet Tour, the format we adopted to raise awareness of media and citizen about how our cities are changing due to the liberalizations pushed by WTO and how we are applying concrete solutions to address those violations around the country with organic agriculture, critical consumption, reduction of emissions in productions, fair trade and so on.

OWINFS PRESS RELEASE: 10 years after Seattle, WTO protests worldwide, no WTO expansion, Korean activists detained

Original Publication Date: 
28 November, 2009
Members of the global network Our World Is Not for Sale (OWINFS) held a press briefing this morning to object the undemocratic detention of Korean activists coming to Geneva, and to demand their immediate release. OWINFS also introduced the objectives of mobilizations around the WTO ministerial in Geneva and around the world, including the mobilizations in India, Indonesia, Korea, Europe, and the United States.

Lula Calls on Saudis to Join Brazil in Creating Petrochemical Powerhouse

Original Publication Date: 
18 May, 2009
Brazilian president, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, said this Sunday, May 17, at the end of a two-day trip to Saudi Arabia, that he called on king Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud for the two countries to jointly seek reciprocal investment opportunities.

Kirk Highlights Need For New Doha Ideas, Doha Review Bumped Up To NEC

Original Publication Date: 
13 May, 2009
U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk in a series of private and public gatherings this week in Geneva stressed the need for trading partners to consider new ideas to help break the current impasse in the Doha round of global trade talks, but also said the U.S. would look to build on the work done so far rather than scrapping it.

My intro to wto page

Original Publication Date: 
23 April, 2009
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Jobs, Not Shopping

Original Publication Date: 
1 March, 2009

Protectionism did not cause the depression. Indeed, moderate protection is what we need.

La grande rupture

Due date: 
1 April, 2010
Delivery date: 
2 April, 2010
Appel à l’union et à la lutte contre les crises globales, pour le remplacement des accords de commerce et d’investissement et autres machines infernales générées par une économie mondiale dirigée par les transnationales, pour bâtir ensemble une économie durable et solidaire.

Letter to the Presidents and Heads of State: Latin America and the Caribbean

Your presence and the active participation of the governments that you head in this Conference, which will bring together all of the United Nations members states – the “G192” – are necessary in order to achieve urgent and concrete responses that are in keeping with the seriousness of the global systemic crisis now confronting humanity. A crisis unleashed in the center of the system of economic and political power whose unsustainable and irresponsible model of consumption and production continues to asphixiate the entire planet, deepening day after day the social, climate, food, and energy crises with untold consecuences for billions of people, nature, and indeed life itself.

Our World is Not for Sale (OWINFS) network members' demonstration at WTO MC9 Bali 2013

Our World is Not for Sale (OWINFS) network members' demonstration at WTO MC9 Bali 2013.

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

TWN Info Service on WTO and Trade Issues

10 December 2017

Third World Network,

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

Buenos Aires, 10 December (Roberto Bissio) – A “Joint Declaration on Trade and Women's Economic Empowerment” co-sponsored by Iceland and Sierra Leone is estimated to have already received the backing of more than one-third of the World Trade Organization (WTO) members and might get official approval during the WTO’s 11th Ministerial Conference (MC11) that starts today in the Argenti