The outcome of the WTO’s 12th Ministerial Conference (MC12) in Geneva in June likely indicates a resurgence in the need to focus civil society and trade union efforts on the WTO.
MC12 concluded with pro-corporate, anti-worker and anti-development outcomes on all major issues of access to medicines, agriculture, fisheries subsidies, digital trade, and the future of the WTO itself.
These outcomes portend new fights on the horizon: on environmental issues in five plurilateral agreements currently under negotiations in the WTO; upcoming fights on investment and expanding the role of corporations in domestic policymaking on services; and much more.
● MC12 and WTO outcomes in context: Deborah James, Facilitator of Our World Is Not for Sale global network, USA
● Process violations and development issues: Kinda Mohamadieh, Senior Researcher & Legal Advisor, TWN, Lebanon
● Access to medicines, Covid-19, and the TRIPS waiver: Fatima Hassan, Health Justice Initiative, South Africa
● Campaigns for Covid-19 Vaccine and Treatment Equity post-TRIPS Waiver: Professor Brook K. Baker, Senior Policy Analyst Health Global Access Project
● Outcomes and prospects for workers and labor: Georgios Altintzis, International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), Brussels
● Agriculture and food security: Ranja Sengupta, Senior Researcher, TWN, India
● Fisheries subsidies outcomes: Adam Wolfenden, Campaigner with Pacific Network on Globalisation (PANG), Pacific Islands
● Way forward for Africa: rep from SEATINI Uganda
● Tax justice e-commerce: Sofia Scasserra, IMT, UNTREF, Argentina
● MC12 and the environment: Rashmi Banga, UNCTAD
● Multilateralism and corporate rule in services and investment: Jane Kelsey, Emeritus Professor of Law, University of Auckland
● National campaigns: Maulana Sidik, Indonesia for Global Justice
● National campaigns: Burghard Ilge, Both Ends, Netherlands