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Items proposed for consideration at the next meeting of Dispute Settlement Body

The WTO Secretariat has circulated a meeting notice and list of items proposed for the next meeting, on 25 January 2021, of the Dispute Settlement Body, which consists of all WTO members and oversees legal disputes among them. The meeting notice is ci…

WTO members resume work on fisheries subsidies negotiations using latest revised text

On 22 January, at a meeting of the Negotiating Group on Rules, heads of WTO delegations said they were committed to keeping up the momentum in the fisheries subsidies negotiations and they welcomed the second revision of the draft consolidated document…

Korea appeals panel report regarding Korean duties on Japanese steel

Korea notified the Dispute Settlement Body on 22 January of its decision to appeal the panel report in the case brought by Japan in “Korea — Sunset Review of Anti-Dumping Duties on Stainless Steel Bars” (DS553). The panel report was circulated to WTO m…

DDG Wolff stresses need to make progress in WTO negotiations to enhance resilience of farm sector

Addressing agriculture ministers at the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture in Berlin on 22 January, Deputy Director-General Alan Wolff highlighted the resilience of agricultural production and trade in the face of the COVID-19 crisis. The pandemic h…

Innovation key to feed the world in times of pandemics and climate change

Qu reinforced FAO’s readiness to support the world in a “new path”, particularly through FAO’s COVID-19 Response and Recovery Programme, Hand-in-Hand Initiative and its Geospatial Platform, and the One Health approach.

Promoting food systems transformation in the Mediterranean towards 2030

Through the agreement the three partners aim to jointly develop and adopt an innovative and science-based framework of actions to support the transition towards more sustainable food systems, while addressing the disruptions and fragilities caused by …

Group of members issue joint pledge on humanitarian food purchases

A group of nearly 80 WTO members issued a joint statement on 21 January pledging not to impose export restrictions on foodstuffs purchased by the UN’s World Food Programme (WFP) for humanitarian aid.

FAO pledges intensified action to end child labour in agriculture

The Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), QU Dongyu, today pledged to intensify efforts towards addressing child labour in agriculture through a dedicated work programme within FAO’s Strategic Framework.

UN agencies warn that COVID-19 and worsening inequalities will fuel malnutrition for billions in Asia and the Pacific

The report ‘Asia and the Pacific Regional Overview of Food Security and Nutrition 2020: Maternal and Child Diets at the Heart of Improving Nutrition’ is jointly published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the United Natio…

Malaysia initiates WTO dispute complaint against EU palm oil measures

Malaysia has requested WTO dispute consultations with the European Union regarding measures adopted by the EU and its member states affecting palm oil and palm crop-based biofuels. The request was circulated to WTO members on 19 January.