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World Bee Day 2020: FAO calls for more to be done to safeguard our tiny food heroes, amid alarming decline

By cherishing bees and other pollinators, not only do we safeguard the environment and create a sustainable ecosystem, but also support the livelihoods of rural and indigenous peoples which is particularly critical in extraordinary times like the curr…

Business leaders stress role of trade and WTO in COVID-19 response

Senior business representatives from around the world discussed the role of trade policy in tackling the health and economic implications of the COVID-19 crisis at a virtual Trade Dialogues meeting facilitated by the WTO on 19 May. Over 70 business rep…

Brazil submits application to join government procurement pact

On 18 May 2020, the WTO Committee on Government Procurement received Brazil’s bid to start negotiations on joining the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA). Brazil said it would circulate the necessary accession documents as soon as the COVID-19 situ…

Members discuss trade responses to COVID-19 pandemic

At a meeting of the General Council on 15 May, WTO members exchanged views regarding trade responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many members said the unprecedented crisis was best addressed through enhanced cooperation and coordination among the interna…

Applications open for 2020 Trade and Public Health Workshop

The contribution of public health policy, intellectual property rules and trade agreements to support the development and dissemination of key health technologies to fight the COVID-19 pandemic will be a special feature of this year’s Trade and Public …

DG Azevêdo hails G20 pledges on trade cooperation in COVID-19 response

WTO Director-General Roberto Azevêdo welcomed G20 ministers’ endorsement of collective action measures to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on trade and investment and help foster global economic recovery. The initiatives were endorsed at a …

DG Azevêdo announces he will step down on 31 August

At a virtual meeting of all WTO members on 14 May, WTO Director-General Roberto Azevêdo announced that he would step down on 31 August, cutting his second term short by exactly one year. He said that bringing forward his departure would allow members t…

FAO makes gains in the fight against Desert Locusts in East Africa and Yemen but threat of a food security crisis remains

The Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization, QU Dongyu, said today significant gains had been made in the fight against the Desert Locust upsurge in East Africa and Yemen.

WTO issues report on trade impacts for WTO members graduating from LDC status

A new report issued by the WTO on 8 May seeks to help least developed countries (LDCs) better understand the trade-related implications of graduation from LDC status. The product of a joint effort between the WTO and the Enhanced Integrated Framework (…

Eima International slitta a febbraio 2021, a novembre un mega-evento digitale

Eima International cambia il proprio calendario e si sposta dal novembre … sempre presso il quartiere fieristico di Bologna, dal 3 al 7 febbraio 2021.