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last met in informal session, on 22 June, there was a strong reaffirmation
of our collective target: full modalities in Agriculture and
non-agricultural market access negotiations (NAMA) and
commensurate progress in other areas of the negotiations in line with our
mandate. This is the essential step we must take in order to conclude the
DDA successfully and soon.
I emphasized then that the Geneva process is and must remain the core of the
negotiation. This is vital to ensure the full participation and informed
decision making we all want. Since our June informal meeting, I am pleased
to say that the negotiating process here in Geneva has been significantly
reinforced and intensified.
I would like to thank delegations for responding to my call to step up their
level of substantive engagement in the multilateral process run by the
Negotiating Group Chairs. Such engagement remains the key to further
We will shortly be hearing from all the negotiating group Chairs, and I
believe that we will be able to conclude from their reports that some good
progress has been made across the board over the last few months – in some
areas in absolute terms, and in others in terms of clarifying the
The major development, of course, has been the circulation of draft
modalities texts last week by Ambassadors Falconer and Stephenson, the
Chairs of the Agriculture and NAMA groups.
I am sure I speak for all of you in thanking them for their untiring efforts
and for the excellent job they – and all the Negotiating Group Chairs –
continue to do.
As the Chairs have underlined, these are draft texts. They are not
negotiated or agreed texts. The negotiation is up to you, the participants.
And the virtue of these texts is that they allow you all to negotiate at a
more concrete, intense and specific level.
Both Chairs have made it very clear from the start that their draft modality
papers are only another step in the process and that they will have to be
revised in the light of the views expressed by participants. They identify
possible areas of convergence and areas where gaps still need to be bridged.
That is up to you, the participants, to undertake in the process that the
Chairs are running with my full support.
Both the Agriculture and NAMA negotiating groups have met over the last two
days to hear initial reactions to the texts. As the two Chairs informed
participants in their fax on 5 July, delegations now have the month of
August to reflect fully on the draft texts, and then be in a position to
return to the process prepared to engage in an intensive negotiation as from
3 September. I would urge all of you to fully use the month of August to
examine the texts in detail, to consult, discuss and engage bilaterally
It is important that everybody be fit and ready on the starting line at that
time. We have already come a long way in this Round, and the distance left
to go is not so great. But it will require an extra effort. This effort
means being open to compromises, while still respecting the mandate and aims
of the Round. It means intensive work, knowing that there are no shortcuts.
And it means negotiating with each other instead of trying to negotiate with
Let me stress once again that the Round is a Single Undertaking covering a
broad agenda with development at its heart. When we come back after the
summer break, the focus cannot be exclusively on Agriculture and NAMA. We
will need to achieve a commensurate level of progress in other areas of the
negotiations, in line with the full Doha mandates, the July 2004 Decision
and the Hong Kong Ministerial Declaration. This is the only possible path to
an ambitious, balanced and development-oriented outcome to the Round.
Finally, I would like to update you briefly on the issues of Geographical
indications (GI) extension
and the relationship between the TRIPS Agreement and the Convention on
Biological Diversity (CBD). After the
General Council's meeting in February, DDG Yerxa held consultations on my
behalf in open-ended and other formats on arrangements for further work on
these issues. In the light of these consultations, he encouraged delegations
to meet among themselves with a view to finding more common ground. More
recently, he has consulted with delegations in various formats, largely to
keep in touch with processes of discussion that have taken place between
interested delegations. Mr. Yerxa stands ready to pursue these
consultations, on my behalf, whenever developments in the negotiations make
it appropriate to do so.
To sum up, back to work on 3 September ready to engage in intensive
> Report by the Chairman of the Trade Negotiations Committee
(27 July 2007):
Lamy sees high level of commitment to
conclude the Round
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