On May 6 and 8 2020, the International Institute for Sustainable Development organized two webinars sessions summarizing the state of play and the key issues to be resolved across the WTO fisheries subsidies negotiations.
The WTO negotiations on fisheries subsidies will enter an intensive phase in autumn 2020 as negotiators try to reach an agreement by the end of the year, in keeping with the SDG Target 14.6 deadline. Experience has shown, most recently in the context of the Trade Facilitation Agreement, that the timely and flexible provision of technical assistance in support of the implementation of agreed rules is key to generating greater buy-in and raising comfort levels among signatories, particularly those with weaker resources.
This informal dialogue will explore some of the key questions related to the structure and institutional aspects of possible new WTO disciplines on fisheries subsidies. The first session will explore how transparency and review provisions could be crafted to support effective implementation of the agreement. The second session will consider how the different parts of a possible agreement might fit together.
15:00 - 15:15 Opening remarks
This informal dialogue will explore some of the open questions surrounding the interaction between the law of the sea and new rules on fisheries subsidies. It will look specifically at how different states’ responsibilities under the law of the sea interact. It will also benefit from perspectives from legal and marine surveillance practitioners on some of the practical aspects of implementation of a new IUU subsidy discipline.