It’s not been an uninteresting week at WTO headquarters in Geneva.
WTO Corner blog
G20 leaders, who gathered in Indonesia this week, had some warm words for the World Trade Organization and global trade cooperation. But the reality on the ground looks different. The latest on WTO issues by Chris Horseman and Rob Francis.
The World Trade Organization is making a concerted effort to place itself at the heart of the dialogue over climate change policy, insisting that global trade liberalisation is a force for improved climate outcomes – and not an obstacle to it.
Below, a selection of updates on what’s happening in and around Geneva as WTO activity hums along.
In the absence of consensus on the key issues facing them, World Trade Organization members this week resorted to doing what they do best – agreeing on work programmes for further discussion.
Welcome back to our WTO Corner column! WTO members have begun follow-up work on some of the commitments set out in the so-called ‘Geneva package’ agreed at MC12 back in June. By Chris Horseman and Iana Dreyer.
Hopes of capitalising on the momentum delivered by the successful WTO ministerial meeting in June to make swift progress on the various follow-up topics arising from MC12 appear to be receding.
After the climax of an overall successful 12th ministerial conference mid-June at the World Trade Organization’s headquarters in Geneva came a few weeks of quiet as a summer break looms for trade diplomats. South Africa, India press for swift work on TRIPS waiver extension Some WTO members however are keen …
The war in Ukraine is overshadowing work at the WTO – but is also not stopping deals from being reached, at least so far. By Chris Horseman and Iana Dreyer.
The General Council of the WTO met informally today to take stock of a range of issues, but most importantly to try to nail down a definitive date for the next ministerial conference – also known at MC12.