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World food prices jump in November

The FAO Food Price Index, which tracks monthly changes in the international prices of commonly-traded food commodities, averaged 177.2 points over November, up 2.7 percent from October and 9.5 percent from the same period a year earlier.

Dynamic services markets need well-functioning regulatory frameworks — DG Azevêdo

Invited to attend a meeting of the Joint Initiative on Services Domestic Regulation on 4 December 2019, Director-General Roberto Azevêdo stressed the importance of transparent and predictable regulations to facilitate services trade, saying that “compe…

Advanced Trade Policy Course concludes at the WTO

Twenty-seven participants from around the world attended a two-month Advanced Trade Policy Course from 7 October to 29 November 2019 at the WTO headquarters in Geneva. The course was closed by H.E. Mr Peter Matt, Liechtenstein’s Permanent Representativ…

WTO panel issues report on Indonesian complaint against Australian paper duties

On 4 December the WTO circulated the dispute panel report in the case brought by Indonesia in “Australia — Anti-Dumping Measures On A4 Copy Paper” (DS529).

Hand-in-Hand Initiative creates a new business model for partners to work together to end poverty and hunger

FAO Director-General Qu Dongyu today pointed to the UN agency’s new Hand-in-Hand Initiative as an innovative business model and a unique opportunity through which partners across the public, private and other sectors can work together to end poverty a…

Hand-in-Hand Initiative creates a new business model for partners to work together to end poverty and hunger

FAO Director-General Qu Dongyu today pointed to the UN agency’s new Hand-in-Hand Initiative as an innovative business model and a unique opportunity through which partners across the public, private and other sectors can work together to end poverty a…

FAO scales up fight against Fall Armyworm

FAO launched today a three-year Global Action for Fall Armyworm Control to scale up efforts to curb the growing spread of the invasive pest which is causing serious damage to food production and affecting millions of farmers across the world.

Kazakhstan submits application to join government procurement pact

Kazakhstan’s application to start negotiating its accession to the WTO’s Government Procurement Agreement (GPA) was announced at a meeting of the Committee on Government Procurement on 3 December 2019. The Committee’s Chair, Carlos Vanderloo of Canada,…

DDG Yi: Regulatory work needed to enhance trade impact of blockchain technologies

In his opening remarks at the Global Trade and Blockchain Forum on 2 December at the WTO, Deputy Director-General Yi Xiaozhun said that policy action and coordination among key stakeholders are necessary to fully realize the potential of blockchain tec…

FAO launches 2020 as the UN’s International Year of Plant Health

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today launched the United Nations’ International Year of Plant Health (IYPH) for 2020, which aims to raise global awareness on how protecting plant health can help end hunger, reduce poverty, protect the env…