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THE 1999 WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION (WTO) MINISTERIAL IN SEATTLE, WASHINGTON, AND NEW ROUND OF WTO TRADE NEGOTIATIONS

WHEREAS, trade creates jobs, raises living standards, and stimulates economic growth in America; and

WHEREAS, in recent years, 1.8 million new jobs supported by exports of goods and services have been created in the United States; these jobs pay 13-16% above the average wage; and one-third of U.S. economic growth is derived from increased exports to the world; and

WHEREAS, the United States was a leading force in establishing the World Trade Organization (WTO), which administers a set of agreements among the United States and 133 other members to reduce barriers to trade; and

WHEREAS, the WTO Agreements help open foreign markets to U.S. exports and create rules to safeguard U.S. workers and companies from unfair trading practices by foreign governments; and

WHEREAS, over one-third of U.S. agricultural production has been exported in recent years, helped by WTO rules; and

WHEREAS, the WTO respects governments’ right to maintain high standards for the environment, health and safety; and

WHEREAS, WTO governments have renewed their commitment to the observance of internationally recognized core labor standards; and

WHEREAS, the WTO helps to advance democratic vales abroad, such as freer markets, more open societies, and the rule of law in commercial transactions; and

WHEREAS, institutions of trade must be more transparent, accessible and responsive to citizens, and because the United States is advancing this program within the WTO,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that The United States Conference of Mayors endorses the call for a new round of trade negotiations within the WTO to further reduce trade barriers in manufactured products, agriculture, and services; broaden participation in the WTO and increase openness and accountability to citizens; and address environmental and labor matters; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that The United States Conference of Mayors welcomes the decision of the United States to host the 3rd WTO Ministerial Conference in Seattle, Washington in 1999 which will enable America to exercise leadership in shaping the 21st century economy and promote the continued prosperity and well-being of our citizens.

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