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International Intergovernmental Organisations: WBCSD/WEU/WTO

Western European Union


Western European Union (WEU), association of 10 countries (Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, and the United Kingdom) that operates as a forum for the coordination of matters of European security and defense. It contributed to the creation of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and works in cooperation with that organization. The WEU became the primary defense institution of the European Union in the 1990s, though it gave up that role in 2001.

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World Business Council for Sustainable Development


The WBCSD was founded on the eve of the 1992 Rio Earth Summit to ensure the business voice was heard at the forum. It is a 'global association of some 200 companies dealing exclusively with business and sustainable development.' 

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World Trade Organisation



The WTO was born out of negotiations, and everything the WTO does is the result of negotiations. The bulk of the WTO’s current work comes from the 1986–94 negotiations called the Uruguay Round and earlier negotiations under the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT). The WTO is currently the host to new negotiations, under the ‘Doha Development Agenda’ launched in 2001.

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The Official Papers section also holds a substantial collection of publications generated by the General Agreement of Tariffs and Trade (GATT)