Archive - 2009

June 2nd

European Action Days: 150,000 to 200,000 people will demonstrate in Europe from 14 to 16 May

Original Publication Date: 
2 June, 2009
Some 150,000 to 200,000 people are expected to take to the streets of Madrid, Brussels, Prague and Berlin during the three European Action Days organised by the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) on 14, 15 and 16 May 2009. Other demonstrations will also take place in Luxembourg, Bucharest and Birmingham.

Kirk Highlights Need For New Doha Ideas, Doha Review Bumped Up To NEC

Original Publication Date: 
13 May, 2009
U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk in a series of private and public gatherings this week in Geneva stressed the need for trading partners to consider new ideas to help break the current impasse in the Doha round of global trade talks, but also said the U.S. would look to build on the work done so far rather than scrapping it.

Adapting the International Trade Regime to New Challenges: Climate Change

Original Publication Date: 
13 May, 2009
But I am acutely conscious that this focus on the traditional agenda, appropriate though it is, should not obscure the vital need to refresh the mandate of the WTO to deal with tomorrow's problems. Here, the interface between the international trade agenda and the climate change agenda looms larger than any single issue.

Kirk Opens Drive to Revive Doha Round To Achieve Successful Conclusion to Talks

Original Publication Date: 
12 May, 2009
United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk met with representatives of key World Trade Organization member countries May 11 for a first round of exchanges on how to get the stalled Doha trade talks back on track and towards a successful conclusion.

International trade helps solve food crisis: WTO

Original Publication Date: 
11 May, 2009
GENEVA (Reuters) - International trade is part of the solution to the global food crisis and not one of its causes, the head of the World Trade Organization said on Sunday.

June 1st

A New Trade Framework for Workers throughout the World

Original Publication Date: 
29 May, 2009
The 32nd Congress of the International Metalworkers Federation held in Sweden this week resolved to mobilise metalworkers around the world for trade policies aimed at creating good jobs for all, promoting the fundamental workers’ rights and ensuring the right for all countries to development and to decent working and living conditions for their citizens.

WTO rejoices over Kamal Naths exit from trade and commerce

Original Publication Date: 
1 June, 2009

Geneva heaves a sigh of relief. With Kamal Nath moved out of the Indian Commerce Ministry, the probability of concluding the contentious Doha Development Round of the WTO appears much brighter. Not that Kamal Nath was un-necessarily throwing spanners but his strong grip over the trade negotiations helped India to resist bullying and arm-twisting by the big boys of international trade.

Canada-Colombia Trade Deal Removed from Canadian Governments Legislative Agenda

Original Publication Date: 
1 June, 2009
As a result of increasing parliamentary and public concern, Bill C-23, the implementing legislation for the Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement (FTA), has been removed from the Canadian government's current legislative agenda.

May 13th

May 4th

STOP THE WTO’s DOHA “DEVELOPMENT” ROUND AND OTHER “FREE TRADE” NEGOTIATIONS

We call upon civil society organizations and social movements from around the world to join with us in showing their strong, united and unequivocal opposition to the completion of the World Trade Organization’s trade ‘round’, and other bilateral and regional Free Trade Agreements being forced on people by governments.