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EU at the UN

The EU's commitment to effective multilateralism, with the UN at its core, is a central element of its external action. As a UN observer with enhanced status, the EU delegation coordinates with its 28 Member States to speak with one voice. The EU also works closely with the UN secretariat and its agencies, funds & programmes, partnering on a range of global issues and challenges.

I would like to make the following statement on behalf of the EU. The candidate countries Bulgaria, Romania, Turkey and Croatia, the countries of the stabilisation and association process and potential candidates Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, and Serbia and Montenegro associate themselves with this statement.

The EU recalls the value of multilateralism for the global trading system and the significant contribution it can make to economic growth, development and employment, benefiting countries at all stages of development.

The EU confirms its strong commitment to the WTO negotiations launched at Doha in November 2001, while noting that all countries have a shared interest in the success of the Doha Work Programme, based on a broad agenda, including ambitious trade opening, strengthened trade rules and a specific focus on the needs and interests of developing countries in order to promote their integration into the world trading system.

The EU welcomes the progress achieved in the DDA, notably through the adoption of a negotiating framework by the WTO General Council on 1 August 2004. This constitutes a good basis to make further progress towards an early and successful outcome, while ensuring balance and parallelism within and between areas under negotiation.

The GA resolution on International Trade and Development, which we have just adopted, recognises the major importance of the on-going DDA negotiations for development and reaffirms fully the commitments made and decisions taken by WTO Members in this context.

We regret that no consensus was reached. We believe that, for the future and with a view to improving the performance of the 2nd Committee, we should consider how to focus this resolution so that we can arrive at a more political and less technical message, avoiding the unnecessary repetition of texts agreed in the WTO. A more focused and political resolution would allow the General Assembly send a clear message and a united one of encouragement to the WTO process to the benefit of all WTO members.

With regard to PP 10, that addresses the very important issue of the Protection of Traditional Knowledge, a clarification is necessary, as its wording seems to be misleading and could be construed in a way that is incompatible with the statement the EU Member States made only recently in November 2004 at the meeting of WIPO’s Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore. Therefore in this context we want to reiterate our support for further work towards the development of international sui generis models for the legal protection of Traditional Knowledge. In line with our preference for internationally agreed sui generis models we want to stress that the final decision on the protection of TK should be left to the individual Contracting Party.

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