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Reforming the World Trading SystemLegitimacy, Efficiency, and Democratic Governance$
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Ernst-Ulrich Petersmann and James Harrison

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199282623

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199282623.001.0001

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Is There a Need for Restructuring the Collaboration among the WTO and UN Agencies so as to Harness their Complementarities?

Is There a Need for Restructuring the Collaboration among the WTO and UN Agencies so as to Harness their Complementarities?

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(p.523) 28 Is There a Need for Restructuring the Collaboration among the WTO and UN Agencies so as to Harness their Complementarities?
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Reforming the World Trading System
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Gary P. Sampson

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199282623.003.0029

This chapter shows that the World Trade Organization (WTO) and United Nations (UN) agencies pursue common goals and could mutually benefit from closer cooperation among the WTO and UN bodies. It identifies specific areas in which a ‘bottom-up’ approach to collaboration should be pursued complementing the numerous ‘top-down’ political commitments to mutual cooperation among WTO and UN agencies. The need for deviations from WTO rules for non-economic policy reasons should be clarified by WTO Members collectively rather than through WTO litigation. A WTO Group on the Functioning of the WTO System should be set up to make recommendations on how to bring greater coherence to policy-making and improve collaboration among the WTO and UN agencies. The focus of the Doha Round on development needs should help to promote positive synergies in the capacity-building assistance of WTO and UN agencies.

Keywords:   United Nations agencies, bottom-up approach, top-down political commitments, WTO Members, Doha Round

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