Trade

The International Federation for Alternative Trade (IFAT), an organization founded to improve the living conditions of the poor and oppressed and change unfair trading structures of international trade, held an international conference on "Trade Development and Power" in the Philippines between 27 April and 2 May 1993. IFAT brought together more than 130 alternative trade organizations from more 31 countries throughout the world for the conference.

The Greening of World Trade: Elements of an Environmental Reform Agenda was the title of a symposium sponsored by the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Foundation for International Environmental Law and Development, which took place on 11 February 1994, in Washington, D.C. The conference featured leading experts who addressed major environmental issues surrounding the world trading system.

Twenty-five nations met in Geneva on 17 February 1994 to help identify priorities in trade-related environmental issues. Representatives from both developed and developing countries came together to discuss "Environment and Trade: Perspectives of Developing Countries". Concerns revolved around two major issues: the potential effects of both national environmental regulations and international environmental measures (including multilateral environment agreements) on free trade, and the environmental impacts of trade liberalization.

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the Foundation for International Environmental Law and Development sponsored two meetings on "The Greening of World Trade". The first symposium, held on 11 February 1994 in Washington, dealt with the elements of an environmental reform agenda and the relationship between trade and environmental policy. The second conference, held in London on 13 May 1994, focused specifically on an environmental reform program for GATT.

Bretton Woods Revisited: An Intergenerational Conference Featuring Many of the Founders and Early Leaders of the Bretton Woods System was held from October 15 to 17, 1994 in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire. The event was sponsored by the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy. The goal of the Bretton Woods Revisited conference was to create a dialogue between the generations concerning the ability of the Bretton Woods institutions and the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) to respond to contemporary and future challenges.