maandag 7 juni 2021

WTO: Farm talks enter critical stage as Cairns, African groups unite on call for MC12 outcome

Farm talks enter critical stage as Cairns, African groups unite on call for MC12 outcome
The Cairns Group — a group of agriculture exporting countries — and the African Group, representing 64 WTO members, spoke with one voice in their call for an outcome at the WTO's 12th Ministerial Conference (MC12) that "addresses trade and production domestic support in agriculture". The joint...
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Members updated on progress in cotton trade and development assistance at WTO cotton meetings
The Cotton-4 (Benin, Burkina Faso, Chad and Mali) and other WTO members held discussions on trade-related aspects of cotton and on cotton development assistance at WTO cotton meetings on 27-28 May. Members also discussed the state of play for a draft General Council Declaration on Support for...
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Members discuss possible MC12 deliverables on trade and environmental sustainability
WTO members taking part in a new initiative on trade and environmental sustainability continued their discussions on possible outcomes to be agreed at the WTO's upcoming 12th Ministerial Conference (MC12) during the second meeting of the Trade and Environmental Sustainability Structured Discussions...
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WTO launches Gender Research Hub to promote cooperation on trade and gender issues
The WTO on 31 May launched the WTO Gender Research Hub to enhance collaboration and exchange among trade and gender researchers. It will also serve as a platform for dialogue between researchers and the Informal Working Group on Trade and Gender established at the WTO last September.
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New $50 billion health, trade and finance roadmap to end the pandemic and secure a global recovery
The heads of the world's predominant global financing, health and trade agencies have united to urge government leaders to urgently finance a new $50 billion roadmap to accelerate the equitable distribution of health tools to help end the pandemic that has devastated lives and livelihoods for 18...
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DG Okonjo-Iweala calls for enhancing LDCs' integration in global services trade
Restoring and increasing the export performance of least developed countries (LDCs) in services trade has taken on greater urgency in light of the COVID-19 crisis, which has seen LDCs suffer the steepest declines in services trade, Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala told WTO members on 2 June. DG...
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Deadline for submitting proposals for 2021 Public Forum extended to 14 June
The deadline for submitting proposals for this year's Public Forum — entitled "Trade beyond COVID-19: Building Resilience" — has been extended to 14 June 2021. Individuals interested in organizing sessions at the Forum, to be held on 28-30 September, are invited to complete an online application...
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Conclusion of first WTO-FES virtual seminar for English-speaking journalists from Africa, Asia
Twenty journalists from English media outlets in Africa and Asia attended a seminar organized by the WTO and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) on 31 May— 3 June, with the event taking place in an online format for the first time due to the pandemic. The seminar was opened by Keith Rockwell, WTO...
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DG Okonjo-Iweala on World Environment Day: Harness sustainable trade to protect the planet
Trade cooperation at the WTO must be harnessed sustainably to protect the environment and ensure inclusiveness and prosperity for the world's people, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Director-General, said on World Environment Day on 5 June. Ongoing discussions for trade and environment outcomes at the...
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WTO receives updated petition calling for universally accessible and affordable COVID-19 vaccines
A petition signed by over 2.7 million people from around the world calling for universal access to affordable COVID-19 vaccines was received by the WTO on 7 June. It was delivered by Avaaz, an online activist network, and the People's Vaccine Alliance, a coalition of organizations. The petition...
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