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Virtual seminar to explore TRIPS and trade in knowledge

The WTO is organizing a virtual seminar on 20 April 2021 to explore the burgeoning trade in knowledge within the framework of the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS). The webinar is part of a series of events to c…

DG Okonjo-Iweala calls for follow-up action after WTO vaccine equity event

Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala today (14 April) called on WTO members, vaccine manufacturers and international organizations to act to address trade-related obstacles to the scale-up of COVID-19 vaccine production to save lives, hasten the end of…

Chair Summary following “COVID-19 and Vaccine Equity: What Can the WTO Contribute?”

DG Okonjo-Iweala provided this summary at the end of the event.

Trade Policy Review: Tonga

The second review of the trade policies and practices of Tonga takes place on 14 and 16 April 2021. The basis for the review is a report by the WTO Secretariat and a report by the Government of Tonga.

Food Coalition gains momentum as food security is featured on the G20 agenda

Worsening hunger levels and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic called for a fresh approach and a strengthened commitment to global action ahead of the Group of 20 (G20) to prevent a food crisis, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of t…

DG Okonjo-Iweala: Equitable vaccine access key to sustained recovery for growth and trade

In meetings in Washington, D.C. last week, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, WTO Director-General, made the case that equitable worldwide access to COVID-19 vaccines is necessary for economic growth and trade to bounce back from the pandemic, and that a reinvigo…

DG calls on WTO members to narrow remaining gaps in fisheries subsidies negotiations

Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala on 12 April urged heads of WTO delegations to stay engaged in the fisheries subsidies negotiations and aim to reach an agreement by July. The talks have reached a considerable degree of maturity, and members should …

WTO launches call for proposals for 2021 Public Forum

The WTO has issued a call for proposals for this year’s Public Forum, whose theme is “Trade beyond COVID-19: Building Resilience”. Participants interested in organizing sessions at the Forum, scheduled to take place from 28 to 30 September, are invited…

Signs of hope in East Africa, as control campaign tames locust upsurge

In this Q&A interview, FAO Senior Desert Locust Forecaster Keith Cressman and Cyril Ferrand, Manager of FAO’s Desert Locust response in East Africa, discuss progress made in containing the threat posed by the voracious pest in East Africa.