Seattle Ministerial

Seattle Ministerial

A meeting of the World Trade Organization that occurred over several days in November and early December 1999. It exposed disagreements between the developed world and developing countries on trade policy. It is also noted for the sometimes violent conflicts between anti-globalization activists and law enforcement.
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The Seattle ministerial of the World Trade Organization ended without decision, and after two decades of the Washington Consensus, developing countries were frustrated at the U.
In 1999, around the Seattle Ministerial events, a broad swath of activists began to realize what trade envoys have long understood: the point of all "free trade" is to flat-out prevent communities of any size (villages, cities, provinces, states, countries) from protecting themselves.
Oh: The phrase itself came out of process prior to and at the Seattle ministerial conference when developing countries said they were having problems implementing existing agreements from the Uruguay Round [the negotiations which created the WTO in 1995].
The WTO Seattle ministerial meeting in December 1999 to kick off a new round collapsed due to sharp differences among WTO members on agenda items, especially regarding labor protection, the environment and antidumping.
Since the breakdown of the Seattle ministerial talks, WTO Director General Mike Moore has repeatedly spoken of the need to drum up support from developing countries, among others, for an early start to the talks.
Germany under the Christian Democrats has been unhelpful, and the United Kingdom was not enthusiastic about any EU proposal at the Seattle ministerial conference regarding WTO involvement in labor standards.
The Seattle Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization demonstrated with disturbing force the huge confusions that haunt the public mind and much of global politics about the nature of trade and the process now known as globalization.
The Seattle ministerial round was the WTO's third international conference since inception.
In the written message made available to reporters, Kono expressed "deep concern" that the preparatory works in Geneva have failed to produce substantial progress on farm, antidumping and many other issues poised to be sent unresolved to the four-day Seattle ministerial session starting next Tuesday.
OTTAWA, November 25 /PRN-CNW/ - Information related to Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Lyle Vanclief's activities at the World Trade Organization (WTO) Seattle Ministerial meeting will be updated regularly on the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) website.
Not all of AEA's objectives for the Seattle Ministerial need to be part of a new trade round, Bennett indicated, but "instead can be agreed to now in order to further facilitate trade quickly in this rapidly changing industry.
The report gives a comprehensive review of WTO developments since the debacle at a Seattle ministerial conference in December 1999, which failed to kick off the new trade round.
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