Back to Doha: Financing for Development at stake
By By Henri Valot, CIVICUS
[Introduction]: Doha , Qatar will be soon again centre of attention for those of us working on development cooperation issues. It will host the upcoming “Follow-up International Conference on Financing for Development to Review the Implementation of the Monterrey Consensus” from 29 November to 2 December 2008 , which will be immediately preceded by the Doha Global Civil Society Forum from 26 to 27 November 2008 .
Doha is sadly known for having its name attached to the WTO Doha Development Round, the current trade-negotiation round of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) which commenced in November 2001. Its objective was to lower trade barriers around the world, which would allow countries to increase trade globally. As of 2008, talks have stalled over a divide on major issues, such as agriculture, industrial tariffs and non-tariff barriers, services, and trade remedies. Major negotiations are not expected to resume until 2009.
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