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AuthorUnited Nations Conference on Trade and Development
TitleA Positive Agenda for Developing Countries: Issues for Future Trade Negotiations
Imprint Geneva, United Nations. 2000
Descript vii, 508 p. : charts, graphs, tables


Abstract: In response to the request of developing countries and the encouragement of UNCTAD member States and of the General Assembly, UNCTAD began its work on the "positive agenda" over the period leading up to the Seattle Ministerial Conference of the WTO in November 1999. This book represents a compendium of papers, which were prepared by the UNCTAD secretariat in 1999, as part of that process. The core of the book is constituted by a collection of technical papers focusing on different aspects of multilateral trade disciplines and related issues. They are preceded by a brief history of how the very concept of a positive agenda was conceived and developed, and a comprehensive overview of the main elements of the agenda. Some papers focus on sectoral topics (agriculture, textiles, and services) and on the impact of the WTO agreements on environment protection, international competition, technology transfers, and electronic commerce. Others analyze specifically crucial trade issues which could become part of the new multilateral negotiations, such as the special and differential treatment for developing countries, tariff reduction commitments, intellectual property, investment, competition policy, subsidies, anti-dumping, sanitary and phytosanitary measures, rules of origin, etc. An annex containing the addresses to the Third WTO Ministerial Conference in Seattle by Kofi Annan, Secretary-General of the United Nations, and Rubens Ricupero, Secretary-General of UNCTAD, respectively, concludes the volume. [English only]

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