For Immediate Release
WTO Negotiations End
WASHINGTON - Speaking from Nairobi on the final day of the WTO ministerial meeting, Polly Jones, the head of campaigns and policy at Global Justice Now said:
"We came wanting to see action to address longstanding injustices on agriculture for developing countries. The EU and US have broken their promises to address these during the last 14 years of trade negotiations. Instead they look set to push a new set of issues on to the agenda - ones previously rejected by developing countries - such as investment and procurement.
"The UK's Minister for Trade, Lord Maude, abandoned the negotiations last night and returned to the UK.
"It is easy to blame the WTO for failing to reach an agreement. But it is simply that developed and developing countries do not agree on the priorities for global trade.
"As a result, the EU and US will redouble their efforts to negotiate dangerous regional trade agreements, such as TTIP and TISA, which exclude the majority of developing countries. These deals give more power to corporations at the expense of people and the planet."
In Nairobi representatives of the UK trade delegation were given over 6,000 postcards from people in the UK supporting a permanent solution to the issue of public stockholding.
Global Justice Now is a democratic social justice organisation working as part of a global movement to challenge the powerful and create a more just and equal world. We mobilise people in the UK for change, and act in solidarity with those fighting injustice, particularly in the global south.