The Good the Bad the Wto Essay

1348 Words Oct 19th, 1999 6 Pages
The Good, The Bad, The WTO

On May 19,1948, the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade or GATT was created. This was not an international organization but an inter-governmental treaty. This provided the framework for the conduct of international trade. But this expanded and grew yearly and in April 1994, in the Uruguay Round of Multilateral Trade Negotiations expanded on the GATT and created the World Trade Organization or WTO.

The World Trade Organization was created with a goal and ultimate objective set in mind. Its ultimate goal is to improve the welfare of peoples in the member countries. The objective is to help trade flow smoothly, fairly and predictably. In this paper you will learn what the WTO does, how it does this,
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They came from all over the world and for many different causes. There was organized labor, environmentalists, farmers, students and teachers, people of faith, indigenous people and anarchists just to name a few. The protesters all came for different causes but they all had the same agenda in mind. They all came to protest the World Trade Organization, which was having a Ministerial Conference at the time.

To get a better look at why they were protesting I decided to discuss a few of their concerns. For instance, there was a group of 300 children there dressed as turtles. They were to represent the fact that the United States attempted to block imports of shrimp that used certain types of nets that capture and drown 150,000 sea turtles each year. The WTO called the block "arbitrary and unjustified." Every environmental case to date to come to the WTO has been ruled for business and against the environment. People gathered to protest the idea that child, prison, and forced labor, substandard wages and working conditions couldn't be used as a basis to discriminate against goods. Included in the list, environmental destruction, habitat loss, toxic waste production and the presence of transgenetic materials or synthetic hormones can not be used as the basis to screen or stop goods from entering a country. With the agenda they were discussing to draft at this conference, Europeans could no longer block or demand labeling on genetically modified

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