The Ministerial Declaration Agreement And The Principle Of Special And Differential Treatment For Developing And Developing Countries

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The Doha Ministerial Declaration spelled out a number of key principles and procedures intended to inform the entire negotiation. First, the negotiations are to be conducted in a transparent manner that facilitates effective participation of all parties, with a view to ensuring benefits to all participants and achieving an overall balance in the outcome of the negotiations. Second, the negotiations and other aspects of the work programme are to take fully into account the principle of special and differential treatment for developing and least-developed countries. Third, the Committee on Trade and Development and the Committee on Trade and Environment are to identify and debate developmental and environmental aspects of the negotiations, in order to help achieve the objective of having sustainable development appropriately reflected. Fourth, the negotiations comprise a single undertaking, with the exception of work on the Dispute Settlement Understanding. Finally, while there is a clear distinction in the Doha Ministerial Declaration between negotiations and the work programme, issues covered by the latter are also to be accorded high priority, pursued under the overall supervision of the General Council and reported on at the Fifth Session of the Ministerial Conference in Cancún in September 2003. Members can invoke any of these underlying principles and procedures at any time if they feel they are not being accorded adequate attention. One way of taking a schematic
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