On 21 July 2008, negotiations on the Doha Round resumed at WTO headquarters in Geneva, but stalled after nine days of negotiations on the refusal to reach a compromise on the special safeguard mechanism. “Members of developing countries shall enjoy special and differential treatment with respect to the safeguard measures of other Members in the form of a de minimis exemption of import volumes. As users of safeguard measures, members of developing countries enjoy special and different treatment with respect to the application of their own measures, the permitted duration of extensions and the reappliation of measures.  Agriculture has become the linchpin of the agenda of developing and developed countries. Three other topics were important. The first, now adopted, concerned compulsory licensing of medicines and patent protection. A second deals with the revision of provisions requiring developing countries to receive special and differential treatment; a third deals with the problems faced by developing countries in implementing their current trade commitments.  The Doha Round is the latest round of trade negotiations between WTO members. The aim is to achieve comprehensive reform of the international trading system by introducing lower barriers to trade and revised trade rules. The work programme covers some 20 areas of trade.
The Round is also known semi-officially as the Doha Development Agenda, as a fundamental objective is to improve the trade prospects of developing countries. The consequences of Cancún have stalled and the inventory. Negotiations were suspended for the rest of 2003. As early as early 2004, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Zoellick pushed for the resumption of negotiations by proposing a proposal that would focus on market access, including the removal of agricultural export subsidies.  He also said that the Singapore issues could move forward by negotiating trade facilitation, considering new measures in the area of government procurement and possibly abandoning investment and competition.  This intervention was later credited with reviving interest in the negotiations and negotiations resumed in March 2004.  Trade ministers representing most of the world`s governments reached an agreement setting a deadline for the removal of agricultural export subsidies by 2013.
The final declaration of the talks, which resolved several issues that stood in the way of a global trade agreement, also requires developed countries to open their markets to goods from the world`s poorest countries, a long-standing goal of the United Nations. The declaration gave negotiators new impetus to try to finalize a comprehensive trade agreement for global free trade by the end of 2006. Chief executive Pascal Lamy said: “I now believe it is possible, which I did not do a month ago.”  The negotiations were divided along the divide between developing and industrialized countries. Developing countries wanted to negotiate changes to S&D rules, compile proposals from the Trade and Development Committee and set shorter deadlines.