NGOs Join Forces to Deal with New WTO Round on Free Farm Trade

Korea Times (Seoul, Korea), October 12, 1999 | Go to article overview

NGOs Join Forces to Deal with New WTO Round on Free Farm Trade


About 390 Korean non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have joined forces to deal with a new round of multilateral negotiations on less restricted farm trade initiated by the 134-nation World Trade Organization (WTO).

The NGOs inaugurated a coalition, Korean NGOs Coalition for WTO New Round (KNCW), at the Korea Press Center in downtown Seoul yesterday and held an international seminar.

The KNCW inauguration aims at protecting domestic agriculture, the environment and consumer health and safety which might be affected by the probable opening of the farm trade resulting from the negotiations.

The multilateral negotiations will be held starting in late November for a three-year period with the start of the third ministerial conference in Seattle.

KNCW will join forces with foreign NGOs which insist that each country's agriculture should be protected in consideration of security of human life, sound environment and multi-functions of agriculture.

The body will campaign for wider support at home and abroad and reflect its opinion at the upcoming multilateral negotiations.

After the inauguration ceremony, Kang Chun-sung, chairman of the KNCW preparation committee, said it will draw up its formal stance on issues involving free farm trade by the end of this month, will announce them on Nov. 28 and will file them with the third ministerial conference to open Nov. 30 in Seattle.

``KNCW will form cooperative ties with NGOs in the EU, Switzerland, Japan and Norway which are farm product importer nations opposing the opening of the farm trade,'' Kang told reporters at a press conference. …

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