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NON GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS (NGOS): SYMPOSIUM
Symposium on issues confronting the world trading system
— final programme with presentations

6 and 7 July 2001, World Trade Organization, Geneva, Switzerland

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Friday, 6 July
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8:00—10:00 
Registration, badge distribution

 
10:00
Plenary opening

  • Introduction by Chairperson — Mrs. Tourι Alimata Traore, Minister for Industry, Trade and Transport, Mali

Speakers:

  
12.30
Chairperson announces work sessions and arrangements for moderators, discussants, venues and reporting procedures for final plenary session

 
2:30—5:30 pm
Work sessions:
(click on each session for a list of participants)

I: Agriculture

II: TRIPS – Access to Essential Medicines

III: Trade and Environment

IV: Services

V: WTO & Civil Society

 
I: Agriculture —
Issues and Negotiations

Issues to be covered: 

  • agricultural reform — negotiations

  • developing country concerns

  • non-trade concerns

Programme: 

  • Introduction by Moderator

  • Presentations by Discussants

  • Open discussion

  • Summary by Moderator

Moderator: H.E. Mr. Pekka Huhtaniemi — Ambassador of Finland

Discussants: 

  • Risto Volanen — Secretary General, COPA-COGECA
    > download presentation in MS Word, 9 pages, 52KB
     

  • Lyall Howard — National Farmers' Federation, Australia
    > download presentation in MS Word, 4 pages, 41KB

  • Dr. Magdi Farahat — Permanent Mission of Egypt

> Participants

  
II: TRIPS — Access to essential medicines

Issues to be covered: 

  • The relationship between the TRIPS Agreement and the generation of and access to pharmaceuticals

Programme: 

  • Introduction by moderator

  • Presentations by discussants

  • Open discussion

  • Summary by moderator

Moderator: Adrian Otten — Director, WTO Intellectual Property Division

Discussants: 

  • Professor Carlos Correa — University of Buenos Aires, Argentina

  • Jeffrey Kushan — Powell, Goldstein, Frazer & Murphy, Washington, US

> Participants   
 

III: Trade and Environment

Issues to be covered: 

  • (1) MEAs and WTO rules

  • (2) PPMs and labelling / GMOs

  • (3) Market access — Agriculture and Fisheries

Programme: 

  • Introduction by moderator

  • Presentations by discussants

  • Open discussion

  • Summary by Moderator

Moderator: David Runnalls — President, International Institute for Sustainable Development

Discussants: 

  • on (1) Dr. Sitanon Jesdapipat — Faculty of Economics, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand

  • on (2) Professor Laurence Boisson de Chazournes — Head of the Department of International law, University of Geneva

  • on (3) David Schorr — Director, Sustainable Commerce Programme, WWF US

> Participants

 
IV: Services

Issues to be covered: 

  • (1) Regulation and liberalization under GATS

  • (2) Participation of developing countries

Programme: 

  • Introduction by moderator

  • Presentations by discussants

  • Open discussion

  • Summary by Moderator

Moderator: B.K. Zutshi — former Indian Ambassador to WTO

Discussants: 

  • on (1) Julian Arkell — International Trade and Services Policy (ITSP)

  • on (2) Mohan Kumar — Permanent Mission of India 

> Participants
  

V: WTO & Civil Society

Issues to be covered: 

  • (1) What role for NGOs in capacity building

  • (2) WTO institutional reform

Programme: 

  • Introduction by moderator

  • Presentations by discussants

  • Open discussion

  • Summary by Moderator

Moderator: Dr. Sylvia Ostry — Toronto University

Discussants: 

  • on (1) Ricardo Melιndez-Ortiz — Executive Director, International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development
    Pradeep Mehta — Secretary General, Consumer Unity & Trust Society
     

  • on 2) John Bunzl — Director, International Simultaneous Policy Organisation
    Tetteh Hormeku — Third World Network, Africa Secretariat

> Participants

 

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10:00—1:00 pm
Work sessions:
(click on each session for a list of participants)

I: Food Safety and the SPS Agreement

II: TRIPS — Bio-technology/Bio-diversity

III: Trade and Development

IV: Services

V: WTO & Civil Society

 
I: Food Safety and the SPS Agreement

Issues to be covered: 

  • (1) precaution

  • (2) GMOs

  • (3) Developing Country concerns

Programme: 

  • Introduction by moderator

  • Presentations by discussants

  • Open discussion

  • Summary by moderator

Moderator: Kazuaki Miyagishima — Associate Professor, School of Medicine, Kyoto University 
> Download presentation in pdf format, 12 pages, 19KB

Discussants: 

  • on (1) Dominique Taeymans — Confederation des Industries Agro-Alimentaires de l'UE
    > download Powerpoint presentation, 163KB
     

  • on (2) Dr. Ned Groth — Senior Scientists, Consumers Union, USA
    > download presentation in MS Word format, 24 pages, 35KB
     

  • on (3) Dr. Hιlθne Coulibaly Fanny — Cτte d'Ivoire
    > download Powerpoint presentation, 76KB

> Participants 
 

II: TRIPS — Bio-technology / Bio-diversity

Issues to be covered: 

  • Patenting of biotechnological inventions; 

  • protection of traditional knowledge and genetic resources; 

  • relationship between the TRIPS agreement and the CBD

Programme: 

  • Introduction by moderator

  • Presentations by discussants

  • Open discussion

  • Summary by moderator

Moderator: Professor Thomas Cottier — Institute of European and International Economic Law, University of Berne

Discussants: 

  • Jeffrey Kushan — Powell, Goldstein, Frazer & Murphy, Washington D.C., USA

  • Dr. Suman Sahai — Gene Campaign, India

> Participants 
 

III: Trade & Development

Issues to be covered: 

  • Contribution of trade to development and poverty alleviation

  • Importance of market access and equitable rules for developing countries

  • Capacity building needs and mainstreaming of trade into development policies

  • Trade liberalization, development and the environment — towards sustainable development

Program:

  • Introduction by moderator

  • Presentations by discussants

  • Open discussion

  • Summary by moderator

Moderator: David Runnalls — President, IISD

Discussants: 

  • Dr. Dilip K. Das — Asian Development Bank

  • Penny Fowler — OXFAM GB

  • Jeffrey Schott — Institute for International Economics

> Participants 
 

IV: Services

Issues to be covered: 

  • (1) Status of public services

  • (2) Negotiating issues for the current services round

Programme: 

  • Introduction by moderator

  • Presentations by discussants

  • Open discussion

  • Summary by moderator

Moderator: B.K. Zutshi — former Indian Ambassador to WTO

Discussants: 

  • on (1) Mike Waghorne — Public Services International

  • on (2) Professor Andrι Sapir — Universitι Libre de Bruxelles

> Participants 
 

V: WTO & Civil Society

Issues to be covered: 

  • WTO institutional reforms (continued)

Programme: 

  • Presentations by discussants

  • Open discussion

  • Summary by moderator

Moderator: Dr. Sylvia Ostry — University of Toronto

Discussants: 

  • Rachel Thompson — Global Trade Practice, APCO

  • Dr. Sothi Rachagan — Director, Consumers International, Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific

> Participants 
 

3:00—5:00 pm 
Afternoon
— Final Plenary Session

  • Moderators report on sessions (10 to 15 minutes each)
     

  • Wrap-up by Chairperson of the Symposium 

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