5 October 1999
WWF to fight world trade challenge

WWF, the international conservation organisation, is campaigning to exempt environmental treaties from challenge under the rules of the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

The WWF says the WTO rules are undermining seven of the worlds most important environment treaties.

It also argues they are being used to prevent agreement on genetically modified organisms.

The WWF said it would be campaigning on the issue at the new round of trade liberalisation talks taking place in Seattle in November.