Decisions made at governmental levels regarding trade between nations can have a positive or negative impact
on your business. Join and participate in the world trade association in your city or state. You will have access to
information on world markets and trade opportunities, as well as contact with seasoned international traders. It is
an investment that will reap benefits for the success of your business.
It would be great for all businesses worldwide to be able to trade freely across borders without tariffs and
national protective barriers. This would be possible if all trading partners were equal and if all products and
services could compete on equal ground. Understanding the complex issues that hamper global multilateral trade
would help us to appreciate the need for continued open discussion between trading partners.
UNDERSTANDING INTERNATIONAL TRADE ISSUES: USEFUL WEBSITES
Council of Foreign Relations (CFR) provides information and insights about the complex international issues
challenging US policy makers, businesses and citizens. CFR is a nonpartisan and independent membership
Fair Trade is a different approach to conducting trade between nations that focuses on developing local markets
and providing a fair price to producers. In other words, it attempts to address the impoverishment of the world’s
Global Trade Watch (GTW) is a division of Public Citizen, a U.S. nonprofit consumer advocacy organization
founded in 1971. GTW was created in 1995 to promote government and corporate accountability in globalization
and trade policies that affect the lives of citizens.
International Centre For Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) - Established in Geneva in
September 1996 "to contribute to a better understanding of development and environment concerns in the
context of international trade." It is an independent non-profit and non-governmental organisation, accredited by
the United Nations (UN) and the World Trade Organisation (WTO).
The UC Atlas of Global Inequality provides online teaching resources and tools for the exploration of global
trade. Material contributed by the staff and advisors of California's universities.
United Nations (UN) plays a crucial role in building international consensus on action for development for all
nations, rich and poor. The section on International Trade provides information on issues related to the
environmental impact, trade and development, international trade and commodities, and regional perspectives,
United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL)
A legal body specialized in commercial law reform worldwide. Its business is to modernize and harmonize rules
on international business.
World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
The WIPO - an agency of the United Nations with headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland - was established in
1967 to promote protection of intellectual property (IP) throughout the world. This is achieved through
cooperation among member states and in collaboration with other international organizations.
World Trade Organization: Doha Development Agenda
In November 2001, the WTO Fourth Ministerial Conference in Doha, Qatar, embarked on negotiations to lower
trade barriers to increase global trade and spur economic development among developing member nations.
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