Editorial: Kyoto, trade, and poverty

For the 3 billion people who live on less than $2/day, this month has been fateful. Global leaders negotiated two international agreements with huge implications for the world's poor. One agreement offers hope. The other offers more despair.Hope emerged from a new plan to expand world trade. Meeting in Doha, Qatar, ministers of 142 countries in the World Trade Organization (WTO) agreed to launch a new round of trade talks-the first since the Uruguay Round of 1986-93.Renewal of international commitment to trade could not have come at a better time. The worldwide economy is wobbling dangerously. Much of the malaise results from trade doubts unleashed when the WTO's 1999 meeting in S...

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