IISD's work on fisheries, trade and sustainable development contributes to crafting multilateral and regional trade rules and policies that support sustainable fishing.
We are focused on supporting the World Trade Organization negotiations to end harmful fisheries subsidies, recognizing the need to restore the sustainability of fish stocks while supporting livelihoods and food security, particularly in developing countries.
First WTO deal on fishing subsidies hailed as historic despite 'big holes'
After 20 years of failed negotiations, the World Trade Organization has secured a deal to curb harmful subsidies that contribute to overfishing. Conservationists and campaign groups welcomed last week’s agreement as historic, despite criticism of “big holes” in the agreement.
Battling to define success after the WTO summit
It’s a little over three days after the World Trade Organization ministerial came to an agreement as dawn broke over Lake Geneva, and I’m sure some attendees are still catching up on sleep. There’s been a veritable banquet since of hot takes for you to choose from. Among the more thoughtful and optimistic are this thread from academic and former WTO official Nicolas Lamp and this on the fishing subsidies issue from piscine guru Alice Tipping. In today’s main piece I talk with Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the institution’s director-general, who was very pugnacious indeed in declaring the ministerial a success, and muse on a couple of themes about how negotiations work and what they mean.
Piyush Goyal Lauds WTO MC12's 'positive Outcomes'; 'India Has Received 100% Success'
Union Commerce & Industry Minister Piyush Goyal has lauded the 'collective efforts' at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) Ministerial Conference and said that 'positive outcomes have come out' of it.
WTO Agrees on Limited IP Waiver for COVID-19 Vaccines and Package to Reduce Harmful Fishing Subsidies
The World Trade Organization’s first ministerial conference in four and a half years reached agreement early Friday morning on what officials described as "an unprecedented outcome" of six agreements, including a deal to curb some fishing subsidies that deplete ocean stocks, a limited waiver of WTO’s intellectual property protections on COVID-19 vaccines and a humanitarian food security measure – all of which will have wide-ranging impacts on global public health.
Surpêche. Un accord « historique » à l’Organisation mondiale du commerce (in French)
Vingt ans que le dossier est tabou à l’Organisation mondiale du commerce. Ce vendredi 17 juin, les délégués des 164 États membres sont enfin parvenus à un accord concernant les subventions à la pêche. Un compromis, certes, mais qualifié d’historique par les associations écologistes.
IISD Congratulates WTO Members on Achieving Fisheries Subsidies Deal
The deal marks a crucial step in moving the world's fisheries towards long-term sustainability and in multilateral efforts to address subsidies that harm the natural environment and the well-being of vulnerable communities.
Hopes fly for WTO fishing subsidies' deal at Geneva ministerial meeting
After talking about saving the world's fish stocks for 20 years, there is a whiff of optimism that the World Trade Organization (WTO) might be ready to clinch a deal to stop a fish meltdown on the planet.
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