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Report from the 8th WTO Ministerial Conference December 15-17, 2011Ivan Hjertman, IP Interface AB respectively Australian Customs and Border Protection Service,Stockholm, Sweden and Melanie Jose,IP Interface AB respectively Australian Customs and Border Protection Service, Canberra, Australia
The Eighth Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organisation, WTO, was held in Geneva, Switzerland, from 15 to 17 December 2011 (MC8).
It was decided by the Bureau that AIPPI would be represented at the MC8 by Ivan Hjertman (Chair) and Melanie Jose (Secretary) of AIPPI Special Committee Q94 WTO/TRIPS.
It had been expressly stated in the run-up to MC8 both from the WTOand media reports, that the Doha Round negotiations generally had come to an impasse. The principal stumbling block was reported to be the negotiations on “NAMA” (Non-Agricultural Market Access). Several TRIPS issues that had been the subject of much discussion, in particular GIs and TRIPS/CBD, had already, earlier in 2011, been side-lined to some extent. This was reflected in the very general agenda of the Conference as well in the submissions made. All statements from Ministers and groups of WTO Members, and other information for the MC8, is available on www.wto.org under Official documents/WTO documents online/Relating to a particular subject area/WTO document series/2011/Ministerial meetings.
The conference report from Ivan Hjertman and Melanie Jose can be found here.
AIPPI´s representatives attended the sessions which were open to NGOs, namely the Opening Session, the Plenary Sessions during the main conference, and the Closing Session. Three Working Sessions were held in parallel with the Plenary Sessions, but these Working Sessions were closed to NGOs. These Working Sessions covered the following three topics:
In the final session on Saturday 17 December, Ministers adopted a number of decisions relating to: