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From Doha to Cancun

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This paper brings together articles relating to key issues of trade liberalisation under negotiation in the Doha Development Round. The focus is on the likely direction and outcome of negotiations on each issue and how the proposed outcomes could affect developing countries. Published as part of the Secretariat’s efforts to prepare developing countries for multilateral trade negotiations, this title aims to bring fresh perspectives to the negotiations in Geneva.

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The State of Trade and Environment Negotiations within the WTO

The Doha Ministerial Declaration (DMD), adopted at the fourth ministerial conference of the World Trade Organisation in 2001, set a four-year target for completion of negotiations on its various mandates. Paragraphs 31–33 of the DMD explicitly recognised the link between WTO Agreements and multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs) and set terms of reference for ‘without prejudice’ negotiations to commence in this area. Regard for the special needs of developing and least developed countries was to underpin the negotiations, as indicated by the wording of paragraphs 32 and 33.

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