U.S., EU Sink WTO Meeting in Cancun

The Fifth Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization has failed to reach an agreement today. This failure is the "expected" end of a trade system ruled by the World Trade Organization with the single minded objective of trade liberalization. Greenpeace urges governments to rapidly convene an international conference with the mandate to provide the basis for the creation of an alternative trade system.

The Fifth Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization has

failed to reach an agreement today. This failure is the ìexpected" end of a

trade system ruled by the World Trade Organization with the single minded

objective of trade liberalization. Greenpeace urges governments to rapidly

convene an international conference with the mandate to provide the basis

for the creation of an alternative trade system.

The WTO's failure

in Cancun to engage developing nations in greater trade liberalization

confirms the commonly shared diagnosis on this organization:

  • An Internal Crisis of Legitimacy: the permanent lack of transparency and democracy ultimately ended this meeting. For the first time, a strong movement of resistance balanced the usual arm-twisting by rich countries, with developing countries standing together as a block to refuse dumped trade and the expansion of a WTO mandate on new issues. Reinforcing this resistance, hundreds of non-governmental organizations denounced the U.S. and EU push to coerce WTO members into ill-fated negotiations.
  • External Crisis: The WTO made the promotion of free trade for the gain of private interests the ultimate goal, over and above all other social, public and environmental objectives. The Cancun trade talks have clearly failed to take seriously the need to give priority to sustainable development and environmental protection. The negotiations on issues that are most important to poorer countries have continually been stalled, with little progress in sight.

Greenpeace calls on governments to take the

unique opportunity of these crises to create an alternative trade system.

Greenpeace is in favor of a multilateral, rules-based system, but one that

has sustainable development and social rights as its core principles. The

global community must actively end the policies that promote the destruction

of ecosystems and human well-being. Therefore, Greenpeace urges the global

community:

  • To conduct a thorough assessment of the rules governing the international trade system in order to reconfigure this system towards achieving sustainable development.
  • To convene an international conference with the mandate of creating the conditions and modalities for an alternative trade system. Such a conference should take place in a neutral forum, preferably the UN, which is better suited to address social well-being, environmental protection and economic development in a balanced fashion.

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