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The International Institute for Sustainable Development organized two virtual refresher sessions on the World Trade Organization (WTO) negotiations on fisheries subsidies, on 7 and 9 September 2020.

The first session looked at historical trends and latest information about the sustainability of marine fish stocks, the level of fisheries subsidies, and the role of subsidies in contributing to overfishing. By doing so, it highlighted the rationale for new WTO disciplines on fisheries subsidies.

The second session provided participants with a clear overview of the state of play in WTO negotiations on fisheries subsidies, summarizing the progress made so far and shedding light on the important decisions that WTO members will still need to make to reach an agreement by the end of 2020.



Session I

Marcio Castro de Souza, Senior Fishery Officer, FAO

Daniel Pauly, Killam Professor, Institute of Oceans and Seas, University of British Columbia

Claire Delpeuch, Fisheries Policy Analyst, OECD

Ernesto Fernandez, Officer, The Pew Charitable Trusts

Moderator: Alice Tipping, Lead, Fisheries Subsidies, IISD

Session II

Alice Tipping, Lead, Fisheries Subsidies, IISD

Benedicte Fleischer, Deputy Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of Norway to the WTO

Gustavo Machala, Second Secretary, Permanent Mission of Brazil to the WTO and other international organizations in Geneva

Katherine Dellar, Second Secretary, Permanent Mission of Australia to the WTO

See full agenda here


Practical information

Session I: Monday, September 7 | 15:00 CET

Session II: Wednesday, September 9 | 10:00 CET

via Zoom


Download presentations

Session I

FAO SOFIA 2020: The challenges of sustainability

Fisheries expansion, overfishing and the role of subsidies

Reforming government support to fisheries


Watch the Recording

Session I


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