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WTO DG and chair brief NGOs ahead of turning point in fishing subsidies negotiations

Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and the chair of the fisheries subsidies negotiations, Ambassador Santiago Wills of Colombia, briefed key civil society leaders ahead of the 15 July ministerial meeting aimed at moving WTO members closer to forging an agreement. They also thanked the advocacy groups for the vital outreach needed to keep up the momentum in the negotiations.

According to arrangements presented by the Director-General and the chair to members on 25 June, the ministerial level meeting will be held in virtual mode, with each minister provided an allotted time to make an intervention. At the end of the meeting, the Negotiating Group chair will provide a summary of the points raised by ministers and the Director-General will present conclusions of the meeting.

Under the mandate from the WTO’s 11th Ministerial Conference held in Buenos Aires in 2017 and the UN Sustainable Development Goal Target 14.6, negotiators have been given the task of securing agreement on disciplines to eliminate subsidies for illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and to prohibit certain forms of fisheries subsidies that contribute to overcapacity and overfishing, with special and differential treatment being an integral part of the negotiations.

You can find more information about the negotiations here