With regard to the WTO principle on tariffs (No. 3), the Uruguay Round has succeeded in strengthening the binding commitments of industrialized and developing countries, as evidenced by the percentage of tariffs linked before and after the 1986-1994 talks.  The third Ministerial Conference was held in Seattle from November 29 to December 3, 1999. The meeting was supposed to discuss an agenda for a new round of trade negotiations, but trade ministers could not reach an agreement and ended their work. The Director-General of the WTO was ordered to consult with delegations and discuss how countries could overcome the remaining differences. Known as the «Battle of Seattle,» the ministry was marked by street violence and alterglobalists. 2. Can the United States maintain its sovereignty as a member of the WTO? Some critics of the WTO have raised the question of whether the United States will lose its sovereignty as members of the WTO. As a member, the United States is committed to acting in accordance with the rules of the multilateral body. Article XVI, paragraph 4, of the agreement establishing the World Trade Agreement states that «each member ensures that its laws, regulations and administrative procedures comply with its annex obligations.» These ancillary agreements are agreements concluded within the framework of the Uruguay Round on trade in goods, trade in services, intellectual property rights, dispute settlement and other trade areas. However, the WTO cannot compel members to fulfil their obligations.
The United States and any other WTO member can act in their own national interest. The WTO recognizes certain permissible exceptions, such as national security. However, each multilateral institution is as strong as its adherence to the rules of the institution. If the United States or another Member State chooses to take unilateral measures that violate WTO rules, this measure may weaken the institution. It is up to U.S. policymakers to decide whether WTO discipline is an acceptable cost for the benefits of an open trading system. WTO-managed trade agreements cover a wide range of goods and services transactions and apply to almost all state practices directly related to trade. B, for example, tariffs, subsidies, public procurement and trade-related intellectual property rights. WTO agreements are based on the principle of non-discriminatory treatment between countries. However, some exceptions, such as preferential treatment for developing countries, are allowed. Other WTO fundamentals include open information on rules and regulations, negotiated restrictions on trade barriers, and dispute settlement in specific procedures. The Ministerial Conference is the highest decision-making body in the WTO.
It meets at least every two years and is visited by WTO trade ministers. The ministerial conference can make decisions on all issues as part of a multilateral trade agreement.