UNITAR INTERNATIONAL TRADE AND THE DOHA ROUND Information Note New York, 3-7 December 2007 BACKGROUND The potential of international trade and the multilateral trading system to contribute to economic growth, development and employment is widely recognized. During its last session, the General Assembly, in resolution 61/186 on international trade and development, reaffirmed “the value of multilateralism to the global trading system and the commitment to achieving a universal, rule-based, open, non- discriminatory and equitable multilateral trading system that contributes to growth, sustainable development and employment generation in all sectors”. The World Trade Organization (WTO) is the principal international organization governing world trade and providing a multilateral forum for trade negotiations. Established in 1995 as a successor organization to the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT), WTO counts 151 member states today. WTO committed to a development agenda at its 4th Ministerial Conference held in Doha in November 2001. Adopting the 'Doha Work Programme', trade ministers launched a new round of trade negotiations and decided to place the interests of developing countries at the heart of these negotiations with a view to facilitating their greater participation in the multilateral trading system. The Doha Round was supposed to be concluded by 1 January 2005. Instead, persisting differences in negotiating positions led to its suspension in July 2006. The negotiations were resumed in February 2007 and “have regained a good level of momentum” since, according to WTO Director-General Pascal Lamy. This seminar is designed to provide participants with an overview of the Doha Development Agenda, the proposals tabled by WTO Members in the various negotiating areas and the contentious issues involved which have prevented the conclusion of the round. OBJECTIVES To equip participants to make substantive contributions to the work of their governments in the field of trade negotiations and trade policy through: • familiarizing them with the multilateral trading system, the institutional structure and decision- making process of WTO; • enhancing their knowledge of the Multilateral Agreements concluded during the Uruguay Round; • briefing them on the Doha Development Agenda, the main negotiating issues and the positions of the major players, including the United States, the European Communities, the G-20, the G- 33 and the African Group. • discussing possible scenarios for the future of the Doha Round. This seminar is organized in collaboration with the World Trade Organization (WTO). ORGANIZATION The seminar will be divided into two parts. The first of five days will be devoted to an introduction to the international trading system, WTO and the issues of the Doha Round. The subsequent full and half-day sessions will deliver more detailed information on these issues, focusing on: the negotiations on agriculture and non-agricultural market access (NAMA), trade in services (GATS), the participation of developing countries in the multilateral trading system (special and differential treatment, implementation issues, Aid for Trade), the TRIPS and TRIMs Agreement, WTO rules relating to regional trade agreements, anti-dumping, and dispute settlement within the WTO. The issues will be presented from various perspectives and each meeting will have a specified question and answer period. In addition, participants will have the opportunity to engage in an interactive simulation exercise. The seminar will be conducted in English. PARTICIPANTS The seminar is intended for members of permanent missions in New York who are involved or interested in trade-related issues, in particular those following the work of the Second and Sixth Committees of the General Assembly. A few candidates from other entities within the United Nations and the private sector may be admitted. DATES AND VENUE The seminar will be held on: Monday, 3 December 2007, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m., venue TBA Tuesday, 4 December 2007, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., venue TBA Wednesday, 5 December 2007, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Conference room B. Thursday, 6 December 2007, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Conference room B. Friday, 7 December 2007, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:15 a.m., Conference room B. REGISTRATION Members of permanent missions accredited to the United Nations in New York who wish to participate in this seminar are requested to complete the attached nomination form and return it to the following address: UNITAR (c/o Ms. Sarah Rosengaertner) 1 United Nations Plaza, Suite DC1-603 New York, NY 10017-3515 Phone: (212) 963-3021 or 9196 Fax: (212) 963-9686 or 0995 E-mail: email@example.com Registration deadline: 28 November 2007 This seminar is organized in collaboration with the World Trade Organization (WTO).
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