• Categories
  • Archives

Bush: Guilty Number One in WTO Talks Collapse. Brazil Commended.

As Director General of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Pascal Lamy failed to break the deadlock in global trade talks, Greenpeace called on governments to face the facts, Doha is dead. Greenpeace called for this opportunity to be used to build a new global trade system based on equity and sustainability.

The current deadlock was caused by developed countries, mainly the US, who refused to cut their massive support measures for farmers. At the same time, the US and EU were seeking to significantly increased access for their industrial goods and services to developing nations markets’.

Despite claiming that they were willing to be flexible at last week’s G8 meeting, the world’s richest nations failed to bend.

"As on climate change, Bush had nothing but sweet words to offer on trade; he is squarely to blame for this current impasse. The US’s unwillingness to wean their large scale-agro businesses off their unfair support is an outrage," said Daniel Mittler, Trade Policy Advisor of Greenpeace International.

"Governments must now abandon the Doha talks that have been going nowhere over the last five years".

"The WTO failure today proves yet again, that the time of bulldozing the interests of the developing world has passed," added Mittler.

"The global community must now act to put an end to trade policies that promote the destruction of ecosystems and undermine the interests of the poor."

Greenpeace condemned the intransigence of the United States and the European Union and congratulated Brazil, India and key developing countries for not accepting a deal full of "empty promises and ‘peanuts’" in return for unacceptable concessions in the negotiations areas of industrial goods and services.

Greenpeace now urges the global community to conduct a complete social and environmental assessment of the global trade system. As first step, the negotiations to clarify the relationship between trade rules and Multilateral Environmental Agreements, such as the Kyoto Protocol, need to be shifted to an independent forum.

The International Court of Justice and the United Nation’s International Law Commission

Greenpeace – www.greenpeace.org

are, according to Greenpeace, more appropriate institutions to take these negotiations forward. "Multilateral alternatives to the WTO exist. Now is the time for governments to explore them," concluded Mittler.

 

Tags:

  • Show Comments (0)

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

comment *

  • name *

  • email *

  • website *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Ads

You May Also Like

Group Who Bought Bankrupt Brazil’s Varig Can’t Raise the Money to Pay for It

NV Participações, an investment firm representing Varig employees, (TGV) admitted, yesterday, for the first ...

Brazil’s Higher Inflation Leaves Little Room for Interest Rates Cuts

Consumer prices in Brazil rose faster than expected in the month to mid-July on ...

Ethanol-powered Plane Is Just One Item on Brazil Embraer’s Green Push

Embraer, Brazil's world-famous aircraft manufacturer, has established a board of directors aimed at expanding ...

Brazilian Congress Creates Committee to Deal with Indian Issues

During a joint session held last week, Brazil’s National Congress approved the creation of ...

Exchange Students Leave Close to US$ 300 Million in Brazil Every Year

Brazil receives about 60,000 foreign students per year, according to information from a research ...

In Surprise Move, Brazil Decides to Pay Off Its US$ 15 Billion IMF Debt

Brazil announced its intention to make an early repayment of its entire outstanding obligations ...

For Brazil to Engage Iran Is Not as Foolish as It Seems

On May 15th, 2010, president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva of Brazil met with ...

Brazilians and Arabs Looking for a Common Agenda

The Arab and South American countries, being developing nations, have common interests with regard ...

Breaking the Law Brazilian Presidential Candidates Are in Full Campaign

There will be general elections in October, in Brazil, but the rules established by ...

Italians arrive in Caxias do Sul, Brazil, in 1881

If in Brazil Everyone Seems to Be Italian That’s Because They Are

As you probably know, the Italian word ciao is not only used for "hello" ...