WIDE+ together with more than 160 Civil Society associations called on Governments to reject the WTO Declaration on “Women’s Economic Empowerment”

Women’s rights organisations and allies, including WIDE+, called on state parties to the World Trade Organisation to refrain from adopting the proposed “Joint Declaration on Trade and Women's Economic Empowerment”. This declaration fails to address the adverse impact of WTO rules and instead appears to be designed to mask the failures of the WTO and … Continue reading WIDE+ together with more than 160 Civil Society associations called on Governments to reject the WTO Declaration on “Women’s Economic Empowerment”

WTO Meeting: refusal of CSO participation and gender legitimizing neo-liberal trade policies

The World Trade Organization Ministerial Conference ended this week on 13 December in Argentina without any substantive deal being concluded, but with several lows. The meeting was off to a bad start when the Argentinean government refused entry of  Civil Society members. This decision, which was called into question by participating member states, including the … Continue reading WTO Meeting: refusal of CSO participation and gender legitimizing neo-liberal trade policies

WIDE+ joins 300 CSOs to call for fairer trade rules at WTO meeting

This week, trade Ministers from only 35 countries are attending a “mini-Ministerial” in Morocco which is intended to solidify the agenda for the upcoming 11th Ministerial Conference of the 164-member WTO (MC11) to be held December 10-13, 2017 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Members of 300 civil society organisations from over 150 countries have sent an … Continue reading WIDE+ joins 300 CSOs to call for fairer trade rules at WTO meeting

CSOs should take action against WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement, Newsletter 3, August 2015

Joyce Naar Despite all protests and concerns member states to the World Trade Organization (WTO) concluded a new set of agreements in December 2013 in Bali, the socalled Bali Package. One of these, the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) will enter into force after ratification by two thirds of the members. It facilitates the trade for … Continue reading CSOs should take action against WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement, Newsletter 3, August 2015