Policy Analysis

Catching up with the Slowest: NGO Accreditation at the WTO

By Mark Halle on May 16, 2007
IISD's Director of Trade and Investment wonders why the World Trade Organization still hasn't wrapped up the matter of NGO accreditation.

"The Geneva-based, trade-related NGO communities regularly camp out at the WTO," writes Mark Halle. "They wander the dark halls of the Secretariat as if they were fitting them for curtains. They are on a first-name basis with a high proportion of WTO staff. And yet, every time we come to WTO Headquarters we suffer the indignity of being directed to the service entrance."

This article originally appeared in Bridges Monthly, a publication of tne International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development.