september 14, 2003, cancun,
wto talks collapse in cancun
The European Union and the United States
drove the World Trade Organisation (WTO)
talks here to collapse as they refused to
give real concesssions to a bloc of
Agreement could not be reached on proposals
from Europe, Japan and others to expand the
WTO and bring in new negotiations to
liberalise investment, competition,
government procurement and trade facilitation
(known as the 'new issues').
Friends of the Earth said that developing
countries' rejection of the 'new issues'
demonstrated the resolve of poor nations to
stand up to the rich countries and their
multinational corporations who were lobbying
for greater access to developing countries'
“No deal is better than a bad deal. Despite
intense pressure from the business lobbies
and bullying by the European Union and the
US, developing countries have stood their
ground. This is a great development for
people, small businesses and the protection
of the environment," Friends of the Earth
International Trade Coordinator Ronnie
"The WTO is finally seen for what it is: an
institution with no legitimacy, working to
promote corporate interests. Friends of the
Earth believes, along with our civil society
friends across the world, that now we can
start again, looking for ways to develop
truly fair and sustainable economies,” she
For more information Contact Friends of the
Earth in Cancun:
Meena Raman +52-9981204557 (Malaysia)
Alexandra Wandel +52-9988703754 (Europe)
Ronnie Hall +52-9981 204587
Alberto Villareal +52-9981204147
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