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Friday, 16 September 2011

UK helps give poor countries a voice in global talks

The British Government will help rebalance international trade and climate negotiations ahead of crucial talks later this year, International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell announced. The UK will provide legal advice and support to the poorest and most vulnerable countries to prepare for and engage in key talks, including the World Trade Organisation’s trade negotiations and the UN climate change meeting in Durban.

A lack of access to legal expertise or resources means that the poorest countries can be marginalised in negotiations around their own future, making it harder to reach global and regional trade or climate deals.

The new Advocacy Fund w ill allow the poorest countries to remain a central part of the World Trade Organisation’s negotiations, joining the UK’s efforts to secure a conclusion to the Doha Development Round that will bring free and fair trade to poor countries.

Despite ten years of negotiations, the Doha Development Round of trade talks is at risk of failing to reach a deal which gives free and fair market access to many poor and developing nations, denying them the best chance to grow their economy, improve local incomes, generate jobs and pull themselves out of poverty.

Source: DFID