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MC12: Resources From Public Citizen And Other Civil Society and Academics

Public Citizen’s representative at the ministerial is Melanie Foley, Global Trade Watch International Campaigns Director, available for comment at mfoley@citizen.org

With the WTO Ministerial taking place June 12-15, civil society and academic experts from around the world shared what’s at stake at this biggest WTO meeting in years. After being twice postponed due to the pandemic, the WTO is now grappling with if and how to address the barriers that it created for the production of COVID-19 vaccines, tests and treatments. Other items on the agenda include the long-running fisheries dispute, agriculture rules for food security and a set of illegitimate plurilaterals that would further entrench corporate power in the areas of investment facilitation, domestic regulation, and Big Tech-friendly e-commerce. With the WTO in crisis for several years now, overshadowing all these discussions is the question of “reform,” which rich countries are pushing as a secretive means to repeal the fundamental WTO principles of multilateralism and consensus.

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