WTO Ministerial Nairobi: only five countries allowed into negotiations at the WTO Meeting – 157 countries excluded

21 December, Nairobi: On Friday, civil society activists, in Nairobi for the 10th Ministerial meeting of WTO Nairobithe World Trade Organization (WTO), including LDC Watch, protested the non-transparent and exclusive nature of the negotiations. A small group of five countries, known as the G5, is meeting behind closed doors to draft the text. The protestors pointed out that no African countries are present at these secret negotiations, which is the first WTO Ministerial on the continent of Africa, and that no Least Developed Countries (LDCs) are present in the talks. Civil society pointed out the outrageousness of rich countries pushing to abandon the so-called “Development Round” while excluding LDCs and Africans from the discussions Continue reading

WTO Ministerial: Nairobi must deliver a binding LDC package consistent with the IPoA commitment, says LDC Watch

WTO Nairobi15 December, Nairobi: Over 80 civil society experts – trdevelopment advocates, trade unionists, farmers, , and consumer activists from over 25 countries are at Nairobi for the 10th Ministerial meeting the WTO. Keys issue to be debated are WTO barriers to food security and sustainable development, the long overdue LDC package, and the need for any future agreements to address asymetries and imbalances in the existing WTO rules, particularly agriculture, Special and Differential Treatment (SDT). Continue reading

WTO agrees to unconditional 17-year exemption from pharmaceuticals patents for world’s poorest nations

Chemical patents3 Nov, Sangeeta Shashikant, Third World Network: – The United States and the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) at the World Trade Organization have reached agreement ad referendum on a pharmaceutical patent exemption for a duration of 17 years. This exemption means that the world’s poorest nations will not be obliged “to implement or apply” or “to enforce” patents as well as test data protection for pharmaceutical products until 1 January 2033. Continue reading

Global Goals will not work unless Least Developed Countriese are made a top priority

post2015_cover24 September 2015: LDC Watch, the umbrella group for civil society organisations from Least Developed Countries has insisted that the Sustainable Development Goals will not succeed unless there are additional measures to help LDCs. These include an increase in ODI to LDCs, debt cancellation, technology transfer without intellectual property rights, measures to protect against the plunder of LDCs’ natural resources, common but differentied responsibilities and immediate finance to mitigate the effects of climate change. Continue reading

EU Funding for Development, including support for LDCs

9zB414sBeC-jUxOWSFZkA2xFpF9cxSkHaD0kFuEz4kGxcAKqnXfi2o60KnM6cKe36IX4l9pIUNg-NNcJoi2tiSs6UAvrrMW5qJhlS8zuRo_m7hYwk-itojwsqhUJK3jo4ywW-W827 May, (devex) Richard Jones: Less than two months away from the third International Conference on Financing for Development in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, many within the global development community are wondering whether top donors will step up to the challenge of financing the future sustainable development goals. Continue reading

l’Afrique 2015 : la CEA prône l’industrialisation par le commerce

20081028_DeathTrapTrade_EditedLe commerce peut contribuer à accélérer l’industrialisation et la transformation structurelle de l’Afrique. C’est ce qu’affirme avec force le Rapport économique sur l’Afrique 2015 de la Commission économique des Nations Unies pour l’Afrique (CEA). Le rapport s’appuie notamment sur les messages clés des deux éditions précédentes, qui préconisaient l’industrialisation fondée sur les produits de base et soulignaient le rôle important de la politique industrielle dans la transformation structurelle. Continue reading

Gyan Chandra Acharya,Head of UN Agency for LDCs talks about reasons for Asia-Pacific meeting this December

31626Keshav Thoker, My Republica: Gyan Chandra Acharya, UN Under Secretary-General and High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States discusses his office’s  role in advancing the agenda of LDCs at the global table and Nepal’s chances of graduating to a developing country status  (Reprinted from www.myrepublica.com) Continue reading

UNCTAD Report says LDCs must break vicious circle to save post-2015 agenda

Diederik Kramers 1 December 2014 (Devex) :Despite strong economic growth, human y3lg38cVPQduihizAaWDzVQnS-cUwv5k2GSExvGX39HvTG0V4zJckA3NHZAilfmGzdqO5Sz0koplUq9masx4_by1AKJ19c3S7cX53Q7B5jjC7fntNAFTt9ixZGXKViPBFwdevelopment in the world’s least-developed countries is still lagging and can jeopardize the post-2015 agenda, according to a new report by the U.N Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) that urges donors to help LDCs get back on the road to economic transformation by living up to their official development assistance commitments.

“The LDCs are the battleground on which the post-2015 agenda will be won or lost”, David Woodward, UNCTAD senior adviser and and co-author of the study, told Devex. Continue reading