Economy & Trade

U.S. Strongly Supports ILO Focus on Gender Based Violence in the Workplace

As the ILO has noted previously, gender based violence is “the most prevalent human rights violation in the world” and its existence is a “major challenge to the goal of equality between women and men.”

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Statement by the United States at the March 25, 2015, DSB Meeting.

See attached below the U.S. statement as delivered at the March 25, 2015 meeting of the WTO Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) in Geneva. READ MORE (PDF)

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U.S. Statement at the Trade Policy Review of Pakistan

The United States welcomes Pakistan’s continued support and commitment to the WTO’s work and to trade liberalization through the rules-based multilateral trading system.

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Statement by the United States at the March 10, 2015, DSB Meeting

See attached below the U.S. statement as delivered at the March 10, 2015 meeting of the WTO Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) READ MORE (PDF)

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U.S. Statement at the WTO Trade Policy Review of Japan

Japan is a vital strategic and economic partner to the United States, and a key figure in the global trading system. We welcome Japan’s commitment to pursuing ambitious, high standard international trade rules, as exemplified more prominently in its participation in Trans-Pacific Partnership talks.

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Appointment of Sarah Fox as the Secretary’s Special Representative for International Labor Affairs.

Ms. Fox will lead the Department’s effort to promote workers’ rights and improve economic security and working conditions for workers abroad; liaise with the global labor movement, U.S. and multinational companies, and other stakeholders on these issues; and support and strengthen the labor diplomacy function at our embassies worldwide.

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Statement by the United States at the February 23, 2015, DSB Meeting

See attached below the U.S. statement as delivered at the February 23rd meeting of the WTO Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) READ MORE (pdf)

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Ambassador Punke’s Statement at the WTO General Council Meeting under the Agenda Item “Report by the Chairman of the Trade Negotiations Committee”

The past few weeks have, in our view, been a relatively productive period in our development of a post-Bali work program for the DDA.

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U.S. Deposits Instrument of Ratification to Geneva Act of Hague Agreement on Registration of Industrial Designs

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This marks the last step in the membership process for the United States to become a Member of the Hague Union. The treaty will go into effect for the United States on May 13, 2015.

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U.S. Statement at the WTO Trade Policy Review of Brunei Darussalam

The United States and Brunei have continued to work closely on a wide range of bilateral and regional issues, thanks in large part to our efforts to conclude the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement.

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