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From the WTO’s Setback in Seattle ... to the Conditions for Global Governance

Published in November 2001

This Proposals Paper is a summary of the work by the workshop "From the WTO's Setback in Seattle... to the Conditions for Global Governance.


Ever since the WTO Conference in Seattle, there has been growing awareness of globalization issues within civil society, and this awareness has now spread beyond the circle of the best-informed activists. Many, categorically and perhaps a little prematurely, question the legitimacy of the WTO. Hence a profound crisis of confidence, or rather distrust, between civil society and international organizations that, like the WTO, have been trying for years to establish a truly negotiated rule of law that is neither unilateral nor imposed by the most powerful. We have seen attitudes that amount to wiping clean the slate of the past and burying history. A more constructive approach can be imagined, which is to try to find "alternative" solutions and propose to reform whatever is not working, while making sure to strengthen whatever is working in a satisfactory way. Such an approach is demanding: at the very least it entails taking a ruthless "inventory." Although it is beyond the scope of this paper to draw up such an inventory, it is nonetheless possible to outline some basic thinking and offer proposals on trade and on how the WTO should be reformed and develop.
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Coordinated by ...

- Joseph Rocher

Specialist in economy of the development. Author of various studies and articles dealing with questions concerning the agricultural policies and the trading relations between North, South and East countries. Author of two "dossiers pour un debat " - FPH: "Le Gatt en pratique" (The GATT in practice, 1994); "After the fires of straws - food security policies in the South and globalization" (Après les feux de pailles - politiques de sécurité alimentaire au Sud et mondialisation)

As Director of RONGEAD (Europeans NGO Network on Agro-food, Trade, Environment and Development), he has tried, since the 80s, to integrate the logics of market and power relations in the development programs. Consultant for FAO and responsible of development projects financed by the European Commission and the Foreign Affairs Ministry. First of all, his work helps the developing countries and those from Central and East Europe, to find a better place inside the process of globalization.


Site - Réseau d’ONG Européennes sur l’Agro-alimentaire, le Commerce, l’Environnement et le Développement

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Topics Included

citizenship . international trade . economic globalization . environment . globalization . international agencies . market regulation . North-South relations . world regulation . world


Workgroup Papers

Go ! Companies Beyond Profit?
Go ! Debt and Structural Adjustment
Go ! Economic Policies
Go ! Ethical Consumption
Go ! Fair Trade
Go ! Finance for the Common Good
Go ! From the WTO’s Setback in Seattle ... to the Conditions for Global Governance
Go ! Growth and Sustainable Development
Go ! Health and its Issues in the Twenty-first Century
Go ! How Can Companies Exercise Their Responsibilities?
Go ! Precarity and Exclusion
Go ! Production, Investment, and Technology
Go ! Red Card for Tourism?
Go ! Social Money: Lever of the Economic Paradigm
Go ! Solidarity Economy
Go ! Solidarity Finance
Go ! Tax Policies, Redistribution, and Social Welfare
Go ! The Trade-union Movement at the Dawn of the Twenty-first Century
Go ! Women and the Economy
Go ! Work, Employment, and Activity
Go ! World Trade Organization



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