> Director-General’s letter to journalists
> The Doha Development Agenda
> Market access, non-agricultural products
> Intellectual property (TRIPS)
> Trade facilitation
> Rules: ad, scm including fisheries subsidies
> Rules: regional agreements
> Dispute settlement
> Trade and environment
> Small economies
> Trade, debt and finance
> Trade and technology transfer
> Technical cooperation
> Least-developed countries
> Special and differential treatment
> Implementation issues
> Electronic commerce
> Members and accessions
> Statistics, Textiles and Clothing
> Statistics, Facts and Figures
> Jargon buster, Country groupings
> Jargon buster, An informal guide to ‘WTOspeak’
- Agriculture back to top
incorporating special and differential treatment for developing countries
aimed at substantial improvements in market access; elimination
of all forms of export subsidies, as well as establishing disciplines
on all export measures with equivalent effect, by a credible end
date; and substantial reductions in trade-distorting domestic support.
Special priority is given to cotton.
- Services back to top
Negotiations aimed at achieving
progressively higher levels of liberalization through market-access
rule-making, particularly in areas of export interest to developing
- Non-agricultural products back to top
aimed at reducing or, as appropriate, eliminating tariffs, including
or elimination of tariff peaks, high tariffs, and tariff escalation,
as well as non-tariff barriers, in particular on products of
export interest to developing countries.
- Rules back to top
Negotiations aimed at clarifying
and improving disciplines dealing with anti-dumping, subsidies,
countervailing, regional trade
agreements, and fisheries subsidies, taking into account the importance
of this sector to developing countries.
- Trade facilitation back to top
Negotiations aimed at
clarifying and improving disciplines for expediting the movement,
release and clearance of
goods, and at enhancing technical assistance and support for capacity-building,
taking into account special and differential treatment for developing
and least-developed countries.
- Intellectual property back to top
Negotiations aimed at creating a multilateral
register for geographical indications for wines and spirits; negotiations
aimed at amending the TRIPS Agreement by incorporating the temporary
waiver which enables countries to export drugs made under compulsory
license to countries that cannot manufacture them; discussions on
whether to negotiate extending to other products the higher level
of protection currently given to wines and spirits; review of the
provisions dealing with patentability or non-patentability of plant
and animal inventions and the protection of plant varieties; examination
of the relationship between the TRIPS Agreement and biodiversity,
the protection of traditional knowledge and folklore.
- Dispute settlement procedures back to top
aimed at improving and clarifying the procedures for settling disputes.
- Trade and environment back to top
Negotiations aimed at clarifying the relationship
between WTO rules and trade obligations set out in multilateral environmental
agreements; and at reducing or, as appropriate, eliminating tariff
and non-tariff barriers to environmental goods and services.
- Special and differential treatment back to top
of all S&D treatment
provisions with a view to strengthening them and making them more
precise, effective and operational.
> Doha agenda
> Ministerial conferences
November 2001, Doha
At the Fourth Ministerial
Conference, ministers agree to launch a new round of trade
talks, placing development needs at the core.
Ministerial Conference ends without consensus on how to move
the negotiations forward.
Members adopt a framework for the negotiations
(the “July Package”), which served as a basis for the
work since then.
Original deadline to conclude the round is missed.
2005, Hong Kong
At the Sixth Ministerial Conference, ministers
advance negotiations to conclude the round by the end of