Issue No. 627, 16-31 October 2016
Member states differ over WTO agenda

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Key South nations insist on addressing unresolved Doha issues before new issues
A recent meeting of trade ministers from several prominent WTO member states saw developing-country participants stress the need to address pending issues under the Doha Work Programme, amid a push by developed countries to bring new subjects onto the WTO agenda.
by D. Ravi Kanth

African Group deals body blow on e-commerce talks
African countries at the WTO have opposed moves to steer the talks on electronic commerce in the trade body away from the agreed upon mandate.
by D. Ravi Kanth

Industrial overcapacity due to subsidies, claim US, EU, Japan
A proposal backed by developed countries calls for the issue of subsidies and overcapacity to be tackled in the WTO – but not in its Doha Round talks.
by D. Ravi Kanth

Pursuit of profit undermining workers’ rights
The majority of the world’s workers are denied their rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association in the workplace, says a UN rights expert, “mainly because of an economic world order that relentlessly pursues ever-increasing growth and profits at all costs”.
by Kanaga Raja

UN must fight tax evasion, says rights expert
A UN rights expert has urged the world body to take action against the “systematic looting of society” in the form of tax avoidance and evasion.
by Tharanga Yakupitiyage

Shining a spotlight on the 2030 Agenda
A report by a civil society coalition monitoring implementation of the global 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development considers the challenges faced in realizing the objectives of the Agenda.
by Kanaga Raja

Governments and social movements disagree on future of cities
A newly adopted UN agenda for sustainable cities has drawn criticism from academics and activists who question whether it can effectively bring about inclusive urban development.
by Emilio Godoy

Opinion: Poverty reduction hampered by poor policies
Conventional policy approaches to poverty eradication are clearly insufficient, if not worse, contends Jomo Kwame Sundaram.