WTO

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

Campaigners Global Justice Now today claimed that the collapse of the WTO ministerial in Argentina was “the best outcome possible” given the position of rich countries at this week’s summit.

Campaigners slam President Macri’s ‘draconian summit’ as civil society delegates returned from airport. Call for no deal on ‘new issues’ like e-commerce.

First I was interviewed by MPs. Then I was banned from Argentina. This is why trade democracy matters


30 November 2017

I started yesterday presenting evidence to parliament’s international trade committee, and I finished it by having my accreditation to next week’s WTO summit withdrawn. Both events relate to the same issue: the lack of power we as citizens have over trade policy.

Global Justice Now condemns the last minute decision to block dozens of civil society experts and campaigners from next week's World Trade Organisation summit in Argentina. The decision, apparently made by the Argentinian Government for undisclosed reasons, is unprecedented in recent WTO history. 

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

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First I was interviewed by MPs. Then I was banned from Argentina. This is why trade democracy matters


30 November 2017

I started yesterday presenting evidence to parliament’s international trade committee, and I finished it by having my accreditation to next week’s WTO summit withdrawn. Both events relate to the same issue: the lack of power we as citizens have over trade policy.

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.

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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

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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

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Campaigners Global Justice Now today claimed that the collapse of the WTO ministerial in Argentina was “the best outcome possible” given the position of rich countries at this week’s summit.

Campaigners slam President Macri’s ‘draconian summit’ as civil society delegates returned from airport. Call for no deal on ‘new issues’ like e-commerce.

Global Justice Now condemns the last minute decision to block dozens of civil society experts and campaigners from next week's World Trade Organisation summit in Argentina. The decision, apparently made by the Argentinian Government for undisclosed reasons, is unprecedented in recent WTO history.