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Special & Differential Treatment (S&DT)

G90 setback as North nations refuse any outcome on S&DT
(D. Ravi Kanth, Geneva)
The large majority of developing and poorest countries - the Group of 90 - suffered a setback on Thursday (23 November) at the World Trade Organization after the United States, the European Union, and other major industrialized countries refused to agree to any outcome on their core issues for improving special and differential flexibilities at the Buenos Aires ministerial conference next month, trade envoys told SUNS.

Isolated US tries to block MC11 Ministerial Declaration
(D. Ravi Kanth, Geneva)
The United States stood isolated and exposed on Wednesday (22 November) for its unilateral decision to block the finalization of the ministerial declaration for the World Trade Organization's eleventh ministerial conference (MC11) in Buenos Aires next month, trade envoys told SUNS.

US cherry-picking MC11 outcomes, holds Members hostage
(D. Ravi Kanth, Geneva, 20 November 2017)
The United States continues to cherry-pick outcomes for the World Trade Organization's eleventh ministerial meeting in Buenos Aires next month.

Consensus eludes trade ministers at Marrakesh
(D. Ravi Kanth, Geneva, 16 October 2017)
The just-concluded informal trade ministerial summit in Marrakesh on 10 October brought into sharp focus the linkages between fisheries subsidies and improvements in the Doha trade remedy rules, and between the permanent solution for public stockholding programs and domestic support.

No outcomes possible at MC11, unilateralist USA insists
(D. Ravi Kanth, Geneva, 16 October 2017)
The United States, which sent a low-level delegation to the Marrakesh meeting, continued to maintain its unilateral position that no outcomes are possible at the World Trade Organization's eleventh ministerial meeting in Buenos Aires beginning on 10 December, participants told SUNS.

North declares war on S&DT and improvements at WTO
(D. Ravi Kanth, Geneva, 19 September 2017)
The United States and other major developed countries seem to have declared a war against proposals for specific improvements in special and differential flexibilities as demanded by a large majority of developing and poorest countries at the upcoming World Trade Organization's eleventh ministerial conference in Buenos Aires from 10 December, several trade negotiators told SUNS.

G90 demand fruitful outcome on S&DT at MC11
(D. Ravi Kanth, Geneva, 7 July 2017)
A large majority of developing and least-developed countries have demanded a "fruitful outcome" at the World Trade Organization's eleventh ministerial conference in Buenos Aires in December on 25 revised agreement-specific proposals for strengthening special and differential flexibilities for promoting "inclusive and sustainable industrialization."

Positions unchanged on public stockholding, SSM, HOD told
(Kanaga Raja, Geneva, 10 May 2017)
An informal Heads of Delegation meeting at the World Trade Organization on Monday showed that members remain sharply divided on the key issues and possible deliverables at MC11 in Buenos Aires, with a large majority of developing countries insisting that the focus should be based on the Doha Work Programme and Nairobi Ministerial decisions, and not on any new issues like E-commerce or investment facilitation.

New proposal on fisheries to undermine S&DT flexibilities
(D. Ravi Kanth, Geneva, 4 May 2017)
Attempts to undermine special and differential flexibilities for developing countries are being considered as part of the disciplines for prohibiting fisheries subsidies that are being promoted as a major deliverable for the World Trade Organization's eleventh ministerial meeting in Buenos Aires later this year, rules negotiators told SUNS.

South stress on public stockholding, SSM, S&D, development
(Kanaga Raja, Geneva, 27 February 2017)
Many developing countries stressed the importance of outcomes, amongst others, on the issues of public stockholding for food security purposes and on the Special Safeguard Mechanism (SSM) at MC11 in Buenos Aires later this year.

Azevedo pushing differentiation, negotiating North's agenda for MC11
(D. Ravi Kanth, Geneva, 9 February 2017)
The World Trade Organization director-general Roberto Azevedo has told several trade envoys that differentiation among developing countries would happen in the development dossier of the unfinished Doha negotiations, trade envoys told SUNS.

 


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