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WTO issues new report on worldwide trade in COVID-19 medical products

The WTO Secretariat has released a new report on trade in medical products critical for the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The report traces trade flows for products such as personal protective products, hospital and laboratory supplies, med…

ICC, WTO heads urge business dialogue to inform response to trade fallout from COVID-19

WTO Director General Roberto Azevêdo and International Chamber of Commerce Secretary-General John Denton issued on 2 April a joint statement calling for more dialogue with business to maximize the effectiveness of public policies to mitigate the econom…

DDG Wolff outlines measures taken in response to COVID-19, highlights key role of WTO

In a virtual address to the Washington International Trade Association on 1 April, Deputy Director-General Alan Wolff highlighted the range of trade-related measures and policy responses governments have adopted worldwide in response to the COVID-19 pa…

2020 Public Forum theme to be “Building on 25 Years of the World Trade Organization”

The WTO’s 2020 Public Forum, to be held from 29 September to 2 October, will examine the important role the multilateral trading system has played over the past quarter of a century and will look ahead to how the WTO might be strengthened to address ex…

DG Azevêdo welcomes G20 ministers’ commitment to notify WTO of COVID-19 related trade measures

At a virtual gathering of G20 trade ministers on 30 March, WTO Director-General Roberto Azevêdo urged them to “lead the way” in using trade to lower the cost of fighting the pandemic, and to lay the foundations of a strong economic recovery.

DG Azevêdo welcomes G20 pledge on COVID-19 response and economic recovery

WTO Director-General Roberto Azevêdo today (26 March) took part in an extraordinary G20 virtual leaders’ summit on COVID-19. He welcomed the pledge by the Group of 20 major economies to work together to combat the COVID-19 pandemic and “restore confide…

WTO members continue efforts to advance agriculture negotiations despite COVID-19 crisis

WTO members continue exchanging views on various issues in the agriculture negotiations and the possible options for a positive outcome through written communications while WTO meetings are suspended in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

DDG Wolff: COVID-19 crisis calls for “unprecedented level” of international cooperation

In a speech delivered to a virtual meeting of the Washington International Trade Association on 26 March, Deputy Director-General Alan Wolff said the COVID-19 pandemic calls for an “unprecedented level” of international cooperation to tackle the crisis…

A battle plan for insuring global food supplies during the COVID-19 crisis

The COVID-19 pandemic has put the world on a crisis footing. Success will entail coherent and robust plans for our food systems. FAO Chief Economist Maximo Torero Cullen outlines a framework for how countries can think about and craft these plans.

FAO Director-General urges G20 to ensure that food value chains are not disrupted during COVID-19 pandemic

The Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), QU Dongyu, today urged leaders from the G20 countries to take measures for global food systems to continue to work well, particularly in relation to access to food for the world’s…