Carolyn Deere-Birkbeck's New Paper on Global Trade Governance

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GEG’s Carolyn Deere Birkbeck has a new paper on adapting and strengthening the governance of the WTO to improve the fairness and sustainability of global trade.

Her paper appears in a new ebook, The Future and the WTO: Confronting the Challenges, just published by the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD). Deere Birkbeck’s analysis compliments contributions from some of the most distinguished academics, policymakers and practitioners working on international trade policy.

Key among these recommendations are:

  1. specific proposals for expanding developing country participation and influence in negotiations, dispute settlement and in Aid for Trade;
  2. a call for new mechanisms for assessing and responding to social and environmental impacts of trade;
  3. proposals for broadening trade surveillance, monitoring and transparency; and
  4. stronger mechanisms for public and political engagement  The article emphasizes the importance of a political processes and spaces for dialogue and to facilitate action on the reform agenda.

Click here for the ebook, which will be launched at the WTO’s Annual Public Forum in September 2012.