Climate Change (IPCC), UNEP, FAO, and other internationally recognized scientific institutions will be a useful additional input into the decision making processes in the WTO systems. It is not entirely valid to maintain that any in-depth assessment would mean duplication of work of other institutions in the international network; none of these have a comparable charter and multilateral obligations to fulfil, and most do not have an active an active (or in principle active, as per the charter) membership role in formulating policies. This feature should be utilized as a strength for the institution and its effectiveness. Cooperation with institutions like the World Bank and IMF is desirable, but their mandate is entirely different. There are no 'client states' and shareholders for the WTO, but the business of the financial institutions is in terms of its clientele and shareholders. The issue of accountability is thus divergent as well. The WTO has a unique opportunity to contribute harmonious and sustainable development of the global systems. A recognition and contribution in this direction is a reasonable expectation for the WTO to fulfil.
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