Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch cordially invites you to participate in a trade teleconference briefing for state legislators.
The World Trade Organization's Services Agreement and State Sovereignty
Wal-Mart and Land Use · Energy · Water · Trash
Monday, March 20, 2006
Did you know that at the December 2005 World Trade Organization (WTO) Ministerial Conference in Hong Kong, U.S. federal trade negotiators agreed to push for an expansion of WTO powers, which would put an alarming array of existing and future state and local laws at risk of challenge in closed-door WTO tribunals?
As part of a proposed expansion of WTO service sector rules the U.S. federal government has agreed to negotiate, foreign countries would be empowered to use the WTO dispute resolution system as an international venue to challenge a range of state and local policies that multinational service sector firms argue are WTO-illegal barriers to their plans for global expansion. (More info.)
Please join Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch for a discussion of what is at stake for state governments in ongoing WTO negotiations and what state officials can do to advocate for the interests of their states.
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