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WTO Bali make a step for inclusiveness and sustainability

Trade Ministers of World Trade Organisation Members are meeting these days in Bali, Indonesia,

in the organisation's 9th Ministerial Conference. CNV President Jaap Smit is a member of the Dutch Delegation to the summit. CNV Internationaal's partner organisation SBSI's Secretary General is also participating as a member of the Indonesian People Alliance. Dutch Minister Ploumen of Foreign trade and Development cooperation, commented she will call for "fair and sustainable trade worldwide and its importance for LDCs" during the WTO summit. After an announcement by WTO Director General, Roberto Azevedo, that the negotiations in Geneva were not fruitful, the Ministers are expected to continue negotiating in three areas: on food security, LDC package and trade facilitation even though a negotiating ministerial was not foreseen and many delegations do not have their main negotiators in Bali.

International Trade Unions call to strengthen food security

The International Trade Union Confederation and its Global Unions partners published today a statement on the WTO Ministerial Conference encouraging governments to  only sign a deal that takes steps towards the implementation of the developmental mandate of the Doha Development Agenda, strengthens food security and assists the economies of Least Developed Countries (LDC).

An Agreement on Agriculture that would protect government's power to purchase food from farmers and enact food programmes will have great impact on the most vulnerable of people one billion of those depend on subsistence agricultural activities, said Sharan Burrow, General Secretary of ITUC.  However, in its current form, the so-called "peace clause"would only be a temporary measure, which is a prize too high in exchange for a binding Trade Facilitation Agreement.

The Global Union Statement further calls WTO Members to conclude an ambitious Agreement on Development considering the 88 proposals that appeared earlier in the negotiations to make Special and Differential Treatment principles more operational and effective. Such an agreement, together with a package for Least Developed Countries that allows duty-free quota-free access to products and preferential treatment of their services, would be significant steps to the implementation agenda of Doha’s mandate. The global union movement and Civil society have repeatedly called for an agreement on the basis of an already-negotiated package of policies for the LDCs. Read the global union statement

Publicatiedatum 03 12 2013