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World Trade Organization

A Great Achievement in Economic Diplomacy

Matt Gold | Posted 02.03.2016 | Politics
Matt Gold

A free trade agreement (FTA) expands economic opportunity in foreign markets for American workers and businesses, while doing the same for their foreign counterparts in our market. The increased trade improves the overall economy of each country. But, in order to avoid unwanted side effects, modern FTAs do more.

The Pitti Uomo Diaries A/W 2016-17: 'Generation Africa' Tackles the Refugee Crisis with Fashion

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 01.18.2016 | Style
E. Nina Rothe

Backstage at the 'Generation Africa' show, photo by Trevor Stuurman I'll admit that the fashion show I most look forward to at every edition of Pitt...

Review: An Ultra High-Energy Novel About the 1999 Seattle Anti-World Trade Organization Protests

The National Book Review | Posted 01.14.2016 | Books
The National Book Review

The story begins in the morning, when Victor, a young, biracial vagrant wakes up and decides to sell weed to protestors in order to buy a plane ticket. When he fails at this task, he becomes involved in the protest itself.

The 10th WTO Ministerial Conference in Nairobi -- a Successful Turning Point for the Multilateral Trading System

Ambassador Amina Mohamed | Posted 01.07.2016 | World
Ambassador Amina Mohamed

WTO Director-General Roberto Azevêdo and Ambassador Amina Mohamed hold up the draft agreement of the Nairobi Declaration to wide approbation on 19...

Agenda to Bring New Corporate Issues into the WTO is Defeated, But So Are Developing Countries' Demands for More Policy Space for Development

Deborah James | Posted 12.29.2015 | World
Deborah James

Nairobi, Kenya - At the first ministerial meeting of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Africa, it was clear that the majority of members opposed f...

2015: A Year in Review on Trade and the Environment

Ilana Solomon | Posted 12.18.2015 | Green
Ilana Solomon

Let's review 2015's trade-and-environment highlight reel -- which demonstrates why 2016 must be the year to stop harmful trade pacts and build a new model of trade that supports communities, our environment and climate.

US Corporate Cotton vs African Cotton Farmers at the WTO

Marie Clarke | Posted 12.20.2015 | World
Marie Clarke

Developing countries have been long calling for rich countries to practice what they preach, and remove subsidies or allow them to support their own farmers. Over a decade ago, the US agreed to resolve the issue of cotton subsidies "ambitiously, expeditiously and particularly."

Sadly Sitting Out the WTO

Jake Colvin | Posted 12.15.2015 | Business
Jake Colvin

This week, international trade officials from around the world will gather in Nairobi to discuss improving rules governing access to the global market...

Burn the TPP

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 12.14.2015 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

Division and diversion help the one percent capture government, securing policies that further enrich the rich, like trickle-down economics under which no benefits ever actually descend, bailouts for Wall Street but not Main Street and job-destroying trade deals like NAFTA and the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Why Fish Need the World Trade Organization to Survive

Ambassador Amina Mohamed | Posted 12.11.2015 | World
Ambassador Amina Mohamed

Photo Credit: C. Ortiz Rojas As the World Trade Organization 10th Ministerial Conference to be held in Nairobi next week approaches, it is as well ...

High Stakes for the World Trade Organization in Nairobi, Kenya

Ambassador Amina Mohamed | Posted 12.10.2015 | World
Ambassador Amina Mohamed

Governments are encountering real difficulty in finding common ground on the way forward. Yet the stakes could scarcely be higher for what over the years has proved to be one of the most successful international economic institutions. Why is progress proving so difficult now?

WTO Orders Sanctions Unless US Cuts Consumer Labels, Disproving Obama TPP Claims

Lori Wallach | Posted 12.08.2015 | Politics
Lori Wallach

The ruling is a nightmare for the Obama administration's uphill battle to build support for the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). It makes clear that trade agreements can -- and do -- threaten even the most favored U.S. public interest safeguards.

Trade Facilitation: Diplomacy May Be Catching Up

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 12.01.2015 | World
Otaviano Canuto

Independent efforts by individual countries to facilitate trade should keep a close eye on standards being shaped in order to minimize adjustments when it (finally) comes the moment of cross-border harmonization.

The WTO Just Dealt A Blow To U.S. Consumers And Dolphins

Ben Beachy | Posted 11.20.2015 | Green
Ben Beachy

The U.S. government should not give into pressure from a corporate-friendly trade organization to weaken or eliminate our dolphin-saving label. Instead, it should stand up for consumers and wildlife by negotiating a solution with Mexico that keeps the "dolphin-safe" label intact.

Think Small for Inclusive Growth

Arancha González | Posted 10.15.2015 | Impact
Arancha González

Macro-level problems cannot be fixed overnight. Quicker wins may be achievable at the local and sector levels, particularly through the public agencies and industry associations that play a critical role in helping SMEs connect to international trade and investment.

TPP: Foie Gras For Corporations; Dead Rats For Workers

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 10.12.2015 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

There's no reason for the US to swallow a trade deal filled with rotten rodent terms. American workers know for sure that if the scheme contains any foie gras, it'll be served on silver platters to corporations while workers are force-fed rats. America should withdraw. Congress should reject the TPP.

Making Trade More Inclusive

Anabel González | Posted 09.30.2015 | Impact
Anabel González

As much as 85 percent of small-scale traders at border crossings in the Great Lakes region of Africa are women -- but the majority of border officials are men, with corruption and gender-based abuse running rampant.

Why We Must Invest In Youth For A Sustainable Future

Arancha González | Posted 08.11.2015 | Impact
Arancha González

It is no coincidence that in the wake of the Arab Spring, investment in youth-related initiatives, especially related to employment, has increased sharply.

How Free Trade Can Lead to Healthy and Active Aging

Michael Hodin | Posted 07.22.2015 | Fifty
Michael Hodin

President Obama, Congressional Republican leaders, and foreign national leaders in the TPP should consider the theme of aging populations as they hammer out the deal's final details -- and try to win public favor.

Business Needs Sustainable Development Goals, Too

Arancha González | Posted 07.15.2015 | Impact
Arancha González

This year, governments will make decisions that will shape sustainable development possibilities for generations to come. In September, world leaders will gather in New York to agree on a new set of international development goals.

Huge International Coalition Calls for a Big Change to WTO Agenda

Deborah James | Posted 07.13.2015 | Politics
Deborah James

If we allow the WTO to expand liberalization, it would mean even more race-to-the-bottom policies would be bound by international law. Think of it as austerity but mandated legally, and just about impossible to get out of.

World Environment Day: Trade More, Trade Greener

Arancha González | Posted 06.05.2015 | Green
Arancha González

Today is World Environment Day, a day that should warrant some reflection on how we relate to our surroundings. For me, working in trade, it is an occasion to think a little bit harder about how we can make international commerce greener without compromising on its potential to improve people's livelihoods.

Today's Global Economy? We Are All in it Together!

Dominik Knoll | Posted 06.04.2015 | Business
Dominik Knoll

Today I would like to write about the World Economy, highlighting some of the current strengths and developments on the examples of the US, Europe, China and India.

The New World of Trade Is All About Values and Consumer Risk

Pascal Lamy | Posted 05.11.2015 | World
Pascal Lamy

BRUSSELS -- A discrepancy exists between the benefits of globalization on the one side and the legitimate values shared by diverse communities on the other. The benefits of globalization go with magnitude, with size. The larger, the better because of the economies of scale. Big is beautiful. Identity, legitimacy and politics go with proximity, the small and diseconomies of scale. Small is beautiful.

Trade Abuse

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 05.11.2015 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

Despite their long history of battering the U.S. middle class with bad trade deal after bad trade deal, these lawmakers and CEOs contend workers should believe that their new proposal, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), will be different.