groups The Trade Negotiations Committee agreed the
new negotiating groups:
decision also places considerable emphasis on special and
differential treatment for developing countries in three ways. It
affirms that this is an integral part of the WTO agreements. All
negotiations and other aspects of the Doha agenda’s work programme
are to take this principle fully into account. And all special and
differential provisions are to be reviewed to make them more
precise, effective and operational. To this end:
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every item of the negotiation is part of a whole and indivisible
package and cannot be agreed separately. “Nothing is agreed until
everything is agreed”.
The negotiations are open to all WTO members and to observer
governments negotiating or intending to negotiate membership. But
decisions on the outcomes are only taken by members.
The negotiations have to be transparent.
and differential treatment: The negotiations have to take
fully into account the principle of special and differential
treatment for developing and least-developed countries.
The Trade and Development and Trade
Environment identify and debate developmental and environmental
aspects of the negotiations to ensure that sustainable development
is appropriately reflected.
not negotiated: Elements of the work programme which do
not involve negotiations are also accorded a high priority. The
General Council is to report on their progress to the Fifth
Ministerial Conference in 2003.
and practices” detailed in Trade Negotiations Committee,
1 February 2002
Chairperson’s statement on organization of work,
1 February 2002