maandag 16 mei 2022

WTO: STDF partners explore impact of climate change on the global food system

STDF partners explore impact of climate change on the global food system
Worldwide sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) experts participated on 3-6 May in the first-ever Climate Change Week organized by the Standards and Trade Development Facility (STDF). Participants explored in a series of webinars the challenges of climate change for food safety, and animal and plant...
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Foreign Trade University in Viet Nam launches activities under WTO Chairs Programme
A high-level event was held at the Foreign Trade University in Hanoi (FTU) on 9 May to launch its activities under the WTO Chairs Programme (WCP). FTU is one of 17 academic institutions selected by Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala in late 2021 to join the Chairs network.
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Members welcome Quad document as basis for text-based negotiations on pandemic IP response
At a General Council meeting on 10 May, WTO members agreed that the outcome document emerging from the informal process conducted with the Quad (European Union, India, South Africa and the United States) opens the prospect for text-based negotiations on an intellectual property response to...
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STDF, Asian Development Bank champion "smart" regulations to promote safe food trade
Sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) experts shared how they use Good Regulatory Practices (GRPs) in Bhutan, the Philippines and Sri Lanka to strengthen SPS measures and facilitate safe trade, at a webinar on 10 May hosted by the Asian Development Bank and the Standards and Trade Development Facility...
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"This might well be our Bretton Woods moment. Let's not waste it." — DDG Ellard
In her opening remarks at the 12th RSIS-WTO Virtual Parliamentarian Workshop on 10 May, Deputy Director-General Angela Ellard discussed the state of negotiations ahead of the 12th Ministerial Conference and the impact of the war in Ukraine on the global trade outlook. She emphasized the need to...
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Trade thoughts, from Geneva, by DDG Anabel González
Moving towards a WTO deal on COVID-19 vaccines?
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DG Okonjo-Iweala shares views with international agency heads on key issues ahead of MC12
In meetings this week with the heads of leading UN System international agencies, WTO Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala said that cooperation on trade would be critical to addressing global challenges such as high food prices and the ongoing pandemic and urged them to support WTO members'...
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Chair convenes "Fish Week" to close gaps in fishing subsidies negotiations ahead of MC12
WTO members on 16-20 May will hold intensive negotiations aimed at resolving remaining issues for a global deal to curb harmful fishing subsidies ahead of the 12th Ministerial Conference (MC12) next month. The chair of the negotiations, Ambassador Santiago Wills of Colombia, said in a video message...
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Spring sessions of WTO Training Course on Trade and Gender concludes for officials
A total of 53 government officials representing over 30 WTO members have completed the WTO Training Course on Trade and Gender held in March and April. Participants were provided information on a set of policy tools to integrate gender considerations into their work and into their national trade...
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DG receives letter from environmental groups seeking global deal on fishing subsidies
Representatives of nearly 200 environmental organizations on 16 May presented a letter for WTO members to Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, which called for governments around the world to swiftly conclude a global agreement to phase out harmful fisheries subsidies. The letter was submitted...
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