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31 марта, 20:00

Agency chiefs issue joint call to keep food trade flowing in response to COVID-19

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The heads of the World Trade Organization (WTO), the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) issued a joint statement on 31 March calling on governments to minimise the impact of COVID-19 related border restrictions on trade in food. “Now is the time to show solidarity, act responsibly and adhere to our common goal of enhancing food security, food safety and nutrition and improving the general welfare of people around the world,” the agency heads said. The Joint Statement is below.

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30 марта, 20:00

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

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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.

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30 марта, 20:00

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

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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 existing and future challenges to trade and the global economy, not least unexpected crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic.

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26 марта, 20:00

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

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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.

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26 марта, 20:00

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

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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 confidence, preserve financial stability, revive growth and recover stronger.”

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26 марта, 19:44

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

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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. He outlined six priorities the WTO has for meeting the challenge, including providing a cooperative framework for members to consider their responses, making it clear members have wide freedom to take necessary positive actions to address the crisis, and helping craft coordinated responses to keep trade flows open. The text of DDG Wolff’s speech is below.

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25 марта, 20:29

DG Azevêdo requests WTO members to share information on trade measures related to COVID-19

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As the WTO ramps up monitoring of the COVID-19 pandemic’s trade implications, Director-General Roberto Azevêdo calls for transparency with regard to trade-related policies introduced to fight the virus.

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25 марта, 20:00

Azevêdo sees sharp fall in trade, calls for global solutions to COVID-19 crisis

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Director-General Roberto Azevêdo said cross-border trade and investment flows have a role to play in efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, and will be vital for fostering a stronger recovery once the medical emergency subsides.

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25 марта, 20:00

WTO sets up dedicated webpage for COVID-19 and trade

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The WTO has set up a dedicated webpage to help governments, business, the media and the public track the latest information on trade-related responses to the COVID-19 outbreak.

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24 марта, 19:28

Media, NGO accreditation suspended for 12th Ministerial Conference

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Accreditation for media and non-governmental organizations for the WTO’s 12th Ministerial Conference (MC12) has been suspended, following host country Kazakhstan’s request to revisit the decision to hold MC12 in Nur-Sultan on 8-11 June due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

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24 марта, 19:27

Japan donates CHF 125,000 to help LDCs participate effectively in global trade

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Japan has contributed CHF 125,000 in 2020 to enhance the trading capacities of developing countries and least-developed countries (LDCs). This donation to the WTO’s DDA Global Trust Fund will finance training workshops for government officials to help them better understand and implement WTO agreements and improve their negotiating skill-set.

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23 марта, 19:41

WTO members aim to keep up momentum in fisheries subsidies negotiations

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WTO members are sustaining efforts to craft new rules against harmful fisheries subsidies despite disruptions posed by the COVID-19 outbreak. Negotiators have been requested to exchange views in writing on two proposals, which will also serve as helpful input for a consolidated text.