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Helping Civil Society and Parts of Government Prepare for Fifth WTO Ministerial

Consumer's Choice Council

  • Program Environment
  • Program Area Reform of International Finance and Trade
  • Grant Amount $275,000
  • Grant Period October 1, 2002–September 30, 2003
  • Location Washington, DC, United States
  • Geographic Focus World

About this grant

The World Trade Organization (WTO) was created in 1995 to address a wide range of trade issues. For the most part, understanding and influencing global trade policy has been left to trade lawyers and experts with little opportunity for broader civil society and non-trade government agencies to participate in the formulation of trade policy. The fifth WTO ministerial meeting is scheduled to be held in September 2003. There is a need encourage the participation of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and under-represented areas of government to bring their voices to this meeting.Funding will support efforts to convene and coordinate NGOs and under-represented government departments in preparation for the upcoming meeting. Project objectives include organizing an international working group; encouraging a wide range of NGOs to participate in pre-ministerial discussion meetings; collaborating with United Nations agencies and under-represented government offices; and promoting wider participation in the ministerial.The Consumer’s Choice Council, founded in 1997, is an association of 65 national and international organizations representing both environmental and social justice organizations. Its mission is to encourage the consideration of environmental and social justice issues.