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2 | 2011
Energy and Development
Dossier | Energie et développement - Revue | Évolutions des politiques de développement

Advancing Sustainable Development in Global Trade and Multilateral Negotiations

Christophe Bellmann, Ahmed Abdel Latif and Jonathan Hepburn
Translation(s):
Promouvoir le développement durable dans le commerce mondial et les négociations multilatérales

Abstract

Published by Palgrave Macmillan

World exports and imports are quickly recovering after the 2008-09 sharp decline in merchandise trade, as illustrated by global trade performances in the first and second quarters of 2010. In spite of this impressive recovery, domestic concerns in OECD countries about employment, competitiveness and China’s exchange rate policy have created a difficult political environment for further liberalisation under the Doha Round. Interestingly, developing countries, which were reluctant to engage in a new round of trade negotiations back in 2001, are now in the vanguard of those that wish for a swift conclusion of the talks, even if consensus on the ambitious ‘development package’ envisaged in Doha remains elusive. At the same time trade has been the subject of unprecedented attention and scrutiny in the climate change talks. In a world where multilateral cooperation is in crisis there is a dire need for the international community to generate new types of arrangements and innovative responses to the imperatives of development and the global transition to a low-carbon economy.

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Electronic reference

Christophe Bellmann, Ahmed Abdel Latif and Jonathan Hepburn, « Advancing Sustainable Development in Global Trade and Multilateral Negotiations », International Development Policy | Revue internationale de politique de développement [Online], 2 | 2011, Online since 24 May 2011, connection on 23 November 2017. URL : http://poldev.revues.org/803

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About the authors

Christophe Bellmann

Programmes Director, International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD). He previously worked for the Swiss Coalition of Development Organisations (SCDO). He also was Research Associate at the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) in Santiago.

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Ahmed Abdel Latif

Intellectual Property and Technology Programme Manager, International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD). He previously worked at the Permanent Mission of Egypt to the United Nations (UN) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva.

Jonathan Hepburn

Agriculture Programme Manager, International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD). Before joining ICTSD he represented Oxfam International at the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington and led Oxfam’s global campaign on aid, debt and the Millennium Development Goals. He previously worked on trade, development and human rights issues at the Quaker United Nations Office in Geneva.

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International Development Policy is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.

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