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

Yet other attempts to further liberalise trade through WTO negotiations

WIDE+ joined 341 organizations of civil society from over 100 countries of the global North and South to urge states to substantially turnaround the negotiations in the WTO in advance of the December Ministerial in Nairobi. Global trade policy must be evaluated by whether it contributes to global goals such as food security and food … Continue reading Yet other attempts to further liberalise trade through WTO negotiations

A request to WTO to extend waiver for pharmaceutical products

As civil society organizations concerned with ensuring prompt availability of affordable medicines in Least Developed Countries (LDCs) we call on World Trade Oorganization (WTO) Members to unconditionally accord the LDC Group an extension of the transition period with respect to pharmaceutical products and waivers from obligations under Article 70.8 (mailbox obligation) and Article70.9 (exclusive marketing … Continue reading A request to WTO to extend waiver for pharmaceutical products