The World Trade Organization (WTO) head, Roberto Azevedo, has warned global trade deal talks face collapse.
Mr Azevedo’s comments came after WTO members failed to agree on a text to be presented to trade ministers next month to reach a deal.
A potential global deal, first since the WTO was formed, could add nearly $1tn (£617bn) to the world economy.
Mr Azevedo said that negotiations had been hurt as members “stopped making the tough political calls”.
“This prevented us from getting to the finish line,” the director-general added.