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Issues covered by the WTO’s committees and agreements

AGRICULTURE: WORK IN THE WTO

The current negotiations

WTO members agreed to initiate negotiations for continuing the agricultural trade reform process one year before the end of the implementation period, i.e. by the end of 1999. These talks began in early 2000 under the original mandate of Article 20 of the Agriculture Agreement.

At the November 2001 Doha Ministerial Conference, the agriculture negotiations became part of the single undertaking in which virtually all the linked negotiations were to end by 1 January 2005.

Original mandate: Article 20 (opens in pop-up window)
Click for Doha Development Agenda gatewayThe Doha mandate (opens in pop-up window)
The Doha mandate explained

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See also:
Cotton Sub-Committee
Development aspects of the Doha Round
  


Background and update    back to top

 

News of the negotiations     back to top

  

The ‘acquis’
What has been agreed (or acquired) so far

2004 Framework
  

2005 Hong Kong Ministerial Conference
News item 
Ministerial Declaration 
Ministerial main page

 

 

THE STORY SO FAR

2000: Agriculture negotiations launched (March). See backgrounder

2001: Doha Development Agenda launched. Agriculture included (November)

2004: “Framework” agreed (August)

2005: Further agreements in Hong Kong Ministerial Conference (December)

2006: Draft modalities (June)

2007: Revised draft modalities (July)

2007–2008: Intensive negotiations with working documents (September-January)

2008: The July 2008 package full coverage and the chair’s report

2008: Revised draft modalities (February, May, July and December)

2013: The Bali Package. Agriculture decisions and explanations

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Photo: negotiation meeting. The formal “special session”, 27 September 2002. Click below to see the whole room:

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See also, above:
news of the negotiations
background and update

See also, below:
Phase 1 (2000–01)
Phase 2 (2001–02)
Modalities stage (2002– )

And see also:
Cotton Sub-Committee

Chairs’ texts and meetings (called Special Sessions of the Committee on Agriculture)     back to top

Current chairperson of Special Sessions of the Committee on Agriculture.

Chairperson’s drafts, documents, reports etc

Proceedings: derestricted WTO Secretariat reports on the meetings (download in MS Word format)

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As an alternative to the above, you can download the reports of the meetings from Documents Online.
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  • Summary reports (minutes) of Special Sessions (i.e. negotiations) of the Agriculture Committee (Document code G/AG/NG/R* or TN/AG/R*)    > search     > help
  • Chairperson’s reports to the Trade Negotiations Committee or to the General Council (Document code G/AG/NG/R* or TN/AG/R*)    > search     > help

 

Phase 1 (2000–2001)     back to top

  • 7 meetings
  • 45 proposals from 121 countries (counting the EU as 16, i.e. the 15 countries plus the EU as a group) or 85% of the WTO’s membership
  • 4 documents described as notes, technical submissions, discussion papers
  • Secretariat background papers

    Phase 1 details, download papers

 

Phase 2 (2001–2002)     back to top

Phase 2 negotiations were mainly “informal” and off the record. Unofficial summaries of proposals and discussions can be found ...     > here

Negotiating proposals, notes and discussion papers
See below for full details. Documents listed here are downloadable in MS Word format, newest documents first.

  

Preparations for modalities and the frameworks (2002–2004)     back to top

Now under the Doha Development agenda, the negotiations have a 31 March 2003 deadline to set “modalities” or targets (including numerical targets) for achieving the objectives set out in the Doha Ministerial Declaration: “substantial improvements in market access; reductions of, with a view to phasing out, all forms of export subsidies; and substantial reductions in trade-distorting domestic support”. This stage will determine the shape of the negotiations’ final outcome.

Press release on “modalities” work programme 27 March 2002

Work programme: official text

Deadlines, above

  

Cancún draft ‘frameworks’

Members’ proposals and chairs’ drafts

 

The agreed framework

> The “July 2004 package” and the 1 August 2004 agreed framework

  

Secretariat background papers     back to top

detailed list

> full search (see below)

 

Search Documents Online     back to top

Agriculture negotiations documents up to March 2002 (Phases 1 and  2) use the code G/AG/NG/* (where * takes additional values). After that they come under the Doha agenda’s trade negotiations mandate, and use TN/AG/*.
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  • Proposals (Document code G/AG/NG* or TN/AG* and keyword “negotiation” and “proposal”)    > search
  • Secretariat background papers (Document code G/AG/NG/S/* or TN/AG/S/*)    > search
    > See also: Secretariat background papers, detailed list
  • Working documents (Document code G/AG/NG/W/* or TN/AG/W/*)     > search
  • Statements (Document code G/AG/NG* or TN/AG* and keyword “statement*”)     > search

> See also minutes and Chair reports above

You can perform more sophisticated searches from the Documents Online search facility (opens in new window) by defining multiple search criteria such as document symbol (i.e. code number), full text search or document date.