Fifty Years Later: Public Participation in the Multilateral Trading System

Volume
2,
Number
4
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1 June 1998
1 June 1998
Public participation was a major issue raised by governmental and non-governmental representatives in Geneva at last month's WTO Ministerial Meeting and Fifty Year Commemoration of the ITO-GATT- WTO system. It may be instructive to look back to assess the progress of civil society participation -...
1 June 1998
The Final Declaration of the Second Ministerial Meeting of the World Trade Organization affirmed the intention of the member states to begin the review of the Agreement on Agriculture in 1999. That seeming consensus, however, masked increasingly bitter conflicts in what continues to be the most...
1 June 1998
Since Deng's 1978 economic reforms and open-door policy, profound changes have taken place in China. Between 1978 and 1997, China's real gross domestic product (GDP) per capita grew at a rate of eight percent per annum, and more than 200 million people were lifted out of absolute poverty during the...
1 June 1998
Colombia Seeks W T O W aiver to Protect Indigenous Salt Production The Colombian government is seeking a waiver of its WTO obligations for the purpose of protecting the Wayyú indigenous community and the transformation of the Colombian salt-producing industry. In its notification (WT/COMTD/N/8) to...
1 June 1998
Second WTO Ministerial Meeting As expected, the second WTO Ministerial Meeting which took place in Geneva from 18-20 May 1998, did not result in any major decisions on the scope and contents of the next WTO negotiating round. Those will be decided at the third Ministerial, to be held in the United...
1 June 1998
Dispute Settlement Review Gets Underway WTO Members met informally on 10 June to start discussions on the review of the Dispute Settlement Understanding (DSU) mandated by the Uruguay Round Agreements (see also Bridges Vol.2 No.3, page 7). According to informed sources, Members debated the...
1 June 1998
European Union Renegotiating Lomé IV The European Union and 71 developing African, Caribbean and Pacific nations, known as ACP countries, will start negotiations for the successor arrangement to the fourth Lomé Convention in September. The Convention provides the framework for trade and development...
1 June 1998
The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change subsidiary bodies met in Bonn from 2-12 June 1998 to pave the way for the Convention’s next Conference of the Parties, scheduled to take place in Buenos Aires from 2-13 November. The key issue on the agenda was to reach agreement on how to fill in the...
1 June 1998
Since late 1994, the FAO Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture has been negotiating the revision of the International Undertaking (IU) on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture in order to harmonise its provisions with those of the Convention on Biological Diversity...
1 June 1998
The fourth Conference of the Parties (COP-4) to the Convention on Biological Diversity took place from 4-15 May, in Bratislava, Slovakia. A number of NGO meetings were held around COP-4, including the tenth session of the Global Biodiversity Forum. Global Biodiversity Forum The Global Biodiversity...
1 June 1998
Thi s article offers a synthesis of the presentations and comments made at an informal meeting organised by ICTSD on 3 June on the Movement of Natural Persons. We are grateful to Professor Bimal Ghosh for his thorough introduction to this complex topic, as well as to Dale Honeck from the WTO’s...