WTO Symposium on Trade and Sustainable Development within the Framework of Paragraph 51 of the Doha Ministerial Declaration

This symposium was organized at the request of Members in the Committee on Trade and Environment (CTE) to hold an event within the framework of Paragraph 51 of the Doha Ministerial Declaration. The mandate in Paragraph 51 instructs the Committee on Trade and Environment (CTE) and the Committee on Trade and Development (CTD) “to identify and debate developmental and environmental aspects of the negotiations, in order to help achieve the objective of having sustainable development appropriately reflected”.

The main objective of this event was to provide an opportunity for Members to reflect further on the meaning of sustainable development in the context of further WTO, and to deepen their understanding of the developmental and environmental dimensions of selected items of the Doha Work Programme. The event drew on the contribution of representatives from various international organizations and other professionals with expertise on the specific issues addressed.

The symposium was divided into three parts:

Part I introduced the concept of sustainable development and its relevance in the context of the Doha Work Programme, highlighting the potential contribution of trade towards achieving the objective of sustainable development.
Part II focused on selected substantive issues of the Doha negotiations, namely Agriculture, Fisheries Subsidies and Environmental Goods and Services. Each topic was addressed in the form of a panel session. Presentations were followed by a general discussion.
Part III addressed other selected issues of the Doha Work Programme of particular interest to developing countries. General presentations were made on two subjects related to intellectual property rights, namely the relationship between the Convention on Biological Diversity and the TRIPS Agreement, and the role of intellectual property rights in facilitating Transfer of Technology. The final session was a roundtable with representatives from different international organizations on Capacity Building activities to promote sustainable development.

The symposium was open to WTO Members and Observers and took place in the Centre William Rappard. It was held back to back with the meetings of the CTE in Regular and Special Sessions.

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Monday 10 October 2005



Address by Mr. Pascal Lamy, WTO Director-General


Part I: Introduction


Session 1: Trade and Sustainable Development


Dr. Supachai Panitchpakdi, Secretary-General, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)

Sustainable Development Aspects of the Doha Round of Negotiations
> Paper (Word format, 4 pages; 39KB)


H.E. Dr. John W. Ashe, Permanent Representative of Antigua and Barbuda to the United Nations and Ambassador to WTO, Chairman of 13th Session of the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development (UNCSD)
(Presentation made on behalf of Dr. Ashe by Ms. Janil Greenaway)

Trade, Globalization and Sustainable Development: Where Are We Post-WSSD?
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Mr. John Nash, Advisor for Commodities and Trade, Agriculture and Rural Development Department, The World Bank

Rural Poverty, Food Security and Trade Liberalization: Exploring the linkages
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Moderator: Mr. Gary Sampson, United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU IAS)



Part II: Selected Items of The Doha Negotiations


Session 2: Agriculture


Mr. John Nash, Advisor for Commodities and Trade, Agriculture and Rural Development Department, The World Bank

Sustainable Development Strategies in Agriculture and Rural Development
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Mr. Stefan Tangermann, Director for Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, OECD
Agriculture Policies and Opportunities for Developing Countries' Exports
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Dr. Ramesh Sharma, Senior Economist, Commodities and Trade Division, FAO
The Environmental Impact of Agricultural Subsidies
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Moderator: Mr. John Finn, Counsellor, Agriculture and Commodities Division, WTO Secretariat





Session 3: Fisheries Subsidies


Dr. Dominique Greboval, Senior Fishery Planning Officer, Fishery Policy and Planning Division, Department of Fisheries, FAO

Challenges to Fisheries Management
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Mr. Benjamin Simmons, Legal Officer, Economics and Trade Branch, Division of Technology, Industry and Economics, UNEP

Environmental Aspects of Fisheries Subsidies
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Mr. Papa Gora Ndiaye, Programme Officer, Prospectives – Dialogues Politiques, ENDA Third World

The Impact of Fisheries Subsidies: A Developing Country Perspective
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Moderator: Mr. Harsha Vardhana Singh, Deputy Director-General, WTO Secretariat



Session 4: Environmental Goods and Services Liberalization


Mr. Luis Abugattas, Senior Expert, Trade Negotiations and Commercial Diplomacy Branch, Division on International Trade in Goods and Services, and Commodities, UNCTAD

Environmental Services Liberalization and Sustainable Development

> download presentation (Powerpoint format, 72KB)
Mr. Ronald Steenblik, Senior Trade Policy Analyst (Trade and Environment), Trade Policy Linkages Division, Trade Directorate, OECD

Exploring Linkages between Environmental Goods and Services
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Moderator: Mrs. Vesile Kulaçoğlu, Director, Trade and Environment Division, WTO Secretariat



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Part III: Other Items of The Doha Work Programme


Session 5: Relevant Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights

Mr. Wolf Meier-Ewert, Legal Affairs Officer, Intellectual Property Division, WTO Secretariat

The Relationship between the Convention on Biological Diversity and the TRIPS Agreement
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Dr. Kamal Saggi, Professor of Economics and Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Economics, Southern Methodist University

The Role of Intellectual Property Rights in Facilitating Transfer of Technology

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Moderator: Mr. Adrian Otten, Director, Intellectual Property Division, WTO Secretariat



Session 6: Capacity-Building for Sustainable Development

Roundtable with representatives from UNCTAD, UNEP, FAO, World Bank and OECD
Trade and Environment Capacity-Building
> download UNCTAD presentation (Powerpoint format, 370KB)
> download UNEP presentation (Powerpoint format, 438KB)

> download World Bank presentation (Powerpoint format, 60KB)

Moderator: Mr. Patrick John Rata, Counsellor, Trade and Environment Division, WTO Secretariat