North-South Negotiations: Substantive Issues

It is clear from our examination of the historical evolution of the process of North-South negotiations that the results, in terms of agreed conclusions and decisions, are relatively few and far between. In this section, we review briefly the ‘state of play’ in some of the major areas of these negotiations. If, in doing so, we seem to view matters to some extent from the perspective of the South, this reflects the fact that the developing countries are the active parties in the negotiations, the ones who have an interest in their success defined as the achievement of progress on the items of the agenda.


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