woensdag 15 juni 2022

WTO: Trade and gender co-chairs affirm commitment to gender equality in trade at MC12

Trade and gender co-chairs affirm commitment to gender equality in trade at MC12
The three co-chairs of the Informal Working Group on Trade and Gender — Botswana, El Salvador and Iceland — on 12 June issued a statement at the 12th Ministerial Conference highlighting the achievements of WTO members' joint work and reaffirming their commitment to advancing gender equality in...
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Co-convenors welcome good progress in e-commerce talks, launch capacity-building framework
Ministers of Australia, Japan and Singapore — co-convenors of WTO e-commerce negotiations — have welcomed the good results achieved by the participants in the initiative. In a statement issued on 13 June during the 12th WTO Ministerial Conference, they underlined the importance of developing global...
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WTO response to the pandemic, trade and food security take centre stage at MC12
WTO members today (13 June) engaged in intense discussions and negotiations to get closer to meaningful outcomes on the main issues at stake at the 12th Ministerial Conference (MC12). On the second day of the Conference, ministers participated in dedicated thematic sessions on the WTO response to...
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DG Okonjo-Iweala welcomes trade ministers' efforts to build a coalition on climate
At a 13 June meeting on the margins of the 12th Ministerial Conference (MC12), WTO Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala met with trade ministers from a diverse group of around 20 WTO members exploring the establishment of a coalition of trade ministers on climate issues. The discussion, organized...
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Georgia, Timor-Leste and United Arab Emirates join initiative on services domestic regulation
At a press conference held on 13 June during the 12th Ministerial Conference, Georgia, Timor-Leste and the United Arab Emirates announced that they are joining the Joint Initiative on Services Domestic Regulation, which successfully concluded negotiations in December 2021. The declaration adopted...
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Trade ministers present early results, pledge to advance plastics dialogue at MC12 event
Trade ministers representing the six co-coordinators of the Informal Dialogue on Plastics Pollution and Environmentally Sustainable Plastics Trade — Australia, Barbados, China, Ecuador, Fiji and Morocco — issued a Ministerial Statement on 13 June presenting early results from their discussions and...
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WTO members share early results and plans to ramp up action on trade and environment
Co-sponsors of three separate environmental talks at the WTO announced on 13 June, at the 12th Ministerial Conference (MC12), the concrete steps they are taking to advance work on plastics, fossil fuel subsidy reform, and environmental sustainability to pave the way for outcomes that will harness...
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Parliamentarians show strong support for WTO and role of multilateral trading system
A delegation of parliamentarians presented Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala with a statement today (14 June) expressing strong support for the multilateral trading system and calling for the 12th Ministerial Conference (MC12) to act as a starting point for modernizing the WTO. The statement was...
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DG Okonjo-Iweala: Time is running out to reach credible outcomes at MC12
Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala called today (14 June) on members to go the extra mile to find convergence on the various issues at stake at the 12th Ministerial Conference (MC12) and to be mindful that time is running out to conclude meaningful agreements. On the third day of the ministerial...
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WTO Fisheries Funding Mechanism readied to provide support for ending harmful subsidies
Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala on 14 June introduced the WTO Fisheries Funding Mechanism, which is envisioned to support developing and least-developed countries in implementing a prospective agreement to curb harmful fisheries subsidies. Interested donors and beneficiaries welcomed plans for...
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