Food security high on WTO agenda – SABC News

The consequences of the war in Ukraine for food security will be the focus of discussions at the 12th World Trade Organization Ministerial Conference, taking place in Geneva today and running until 15 June.

The Russian blockade of grain exports from the Black Sea threatens global food supplies – but member states have different approaches to dealing with Moscow. While countries like Britain and the US are cutting trade ties with Russia, other states like Turkey and India are still heavily reliant on it for staples like wheat and oil.

Ongoing debates over fishing rights and whether there should be patent protection difficulties for Covid vaccines will also be on the agenda, as will potential changes to the operations of the WTO itself.

In the run-up to the conference, WTO Director-General Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and Mr. Sandagdorj Erdenebileg of the United Nations High Representative for the Least Developed Countries signed a partnership agreement in Geneva yesterday with the aim of strengthening cooperation in order to promote the participation of the least developed countries in the global trading system.

This conference is co-hosted by Kazakhstan, which originally hosted the 12thth Ministerial Conference in June 2020, postponed due to coivd-19 outbreak, chaired by Mr. Timur Suleimenov, Deputy Chief of Staff to the President of Kazakhstan.

Food security high on WTO agenda – SABC News

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