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The World Trade Organization (WTO) is an intergovernmental organisation which regulates international trade.

What really happened at the WTO summit?


23 December 2015

If you were to judge the outcome of last week’s World Trade Organisation (WTO) summit by media reporting, you would come away with the impression that world leaders had made a major breakthrough. The WTO, which overseas global trading rules, met in Nairobi, Kenya, and attempted to break a nearly 15-year deadlock which has pitched rich nations against developing nations.  

WTO business as usual: bullying tactics and broken promises


18 December 2015

Coming only three months after the agreement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the 21st World Trade Organisation (WTO) ministerial conference could have been an opportunity for rich countries to put words into action.

Free trade vs democracy as the WTO starts in Nairobi


15 December 2015

There is an air of frustration and uncertainty around central Nairobi as the WTO prepares to meet later this afternoon and for the first time in Africa. Governments from the north and south are frustrated that the WTO is making little progress, but they remain divided about what should be progressing.

The WTO is not dead


10 December 2015

The last time the World Trade Organisation met was December 2013. The negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership and the campaign to stop it had not even started. Trade seemed to be off the agenda and after years of stalled negotiations the WTO was expected to slowly become irrelevant.

The WTO is meeting again next week for the first time in Africa, and I will be there.

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Food fight - the story of rich country hypocrisy at the WTO

December 2015

Nairobi will be the scene of an important battle between richer and poorer countries in December when the World Trade Organisation (WTO) meets for its ministerial. On one side, countries like the US and UK subsidise their agricultural sector to the tune of billions of pounds but don't want to allow other countries to do so. On the other side countries like India are demanding equal treatment and the freedom to buy farmers' crops in order to distribute them to those too poor to buy them at market prices.

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The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)

April 2014

How the EU-US deal threatens people and planet

Hypocrisy, blackmail and power politics: same old WTO


12 December 2013

The first global trade deal in 20 years has been a source of great celebration. The story goes that it’s a modest start but it’s got the World Trade Organization (WTO) back on track, maybe even adding US$1 trillion to the ailing global economy.

Food Rights vs Corporations


05 December 2013

The battle lines couldn’t be clearer at the WTO today – do you think ‘free trade’ is the answer to the world’s problems or must trade come second to a government’s ability to control its food system?

This morning India held a packed press conference at which its lead negotiator didn’t mince his words. He told a room of the world’s press:

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Campaign Briefing: Profiting from people and planet

December 2013

How new trade deals threaten democracy, development, public services and the environment

We should learn from the experience of the failed structural adjustment policies of the 1980s and 1990s


19 October 2010

The experience of developing countries should be sounding alarm bells for us all. Austerity measures in the form of structural adjustment plans pushed by the IMF and World Bank in the 1980s and 1990s had devastating effects on the world’s poor. Poverty, inequality and injustice all increased massively as safety nets for the poorest where slashed in favour of big business.

 

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What really happened at the WTO summit?


23 December 2015

If you were to judge the outcome of last week’s World Trade Organisation (WTO) summit by media reporting, you would come away with the impression that world leaders had made a major breakthrough. The WTO, which overseas global trading rules, met in Nairobi, Kenya, and attempted to break a nearly 15-year deadlock which has pitched rich nations against developing nations.  

WTO business as usual: bullying tactics and broken promises


18 December 2015

Coming only three months after the agreement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the 21st World Trade Organisation (WTO) ministerial conference could have been an opportunity for rich countries to put words into action.

Free trade vs democracy as the WTO starts in Nairobi


15 December 2015

There is an air of frustration and uncertainty around central Nairobi as the WTO prepares to meet later this afternoon and for the first time in Africa. Governments from the north and south are frustrated that the WTO is making little progress, but they remain divided about what should be progressing.

The WTO is not dead


10 December 2015

The last time the World Trade Organisation met was December 2013. The negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership and the campaign to stop it had not even started. Trade seemed to be off the agenda and after years of stalled negotiations the WTO was expected to slowly become irrelevant.

The WTO is meeting again next week for the first time in Africa, and I will be there.

Hypocrisy, blackmail and power politics: same old WTO


12 December 2013

The first global trade deal in 20 years has been a source of great celebration. The story goes that it’s a modest start but it’s got the World Trade Organization (WTO) back on track, maybe even adding US$1 trillion to the ailing global economy.

Food Rights vs Corporations


05 December 2013

The battle lines couldn’t be clearer at the WTO today – do you think ‘free trade’ is the answer to the world’s problems or must trade come second to a government’s ability to control its food system?

This morning India held a packed press conference at which its lead negotiator didn’t mince his words. He told a room of the world’s press:

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Food fight - the story of rich country hypocrisy at the WTO

December 2015

Nairobi will be the scene of an important battle between richer and poorer countries in December when the World Trade Organisation (WTO) meets for its ministerial. On one side, countries like the US and UK subsidise their agricultural sector to the tune of billions of pounds but don't want to allow other countries to do so. On the other side countries like India are demanding equal treatment and the freedom to buy farmers' crops in order to distribute them to those too poor to buy them at market prices.

Resource thumbail

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)

April 2014

How the EU-US deal threatens people and planet

Resource thumbail

Campaign Briefing: Profiting from people and planet

December 2013

How new trade deals threaten democracy, development, public services and the environment

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