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Global Dialogue on Trade: Trade, an essential piece of the food systems puzzle

AN OUTREACH EVENT BY THE WTO SECRETARIAT IN COLLABORATION WITH THE UNITED NATIONS FOOD SYSTEMS SUMMIT global dialogue 6 July 2021

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International trade in food feeds one in every six people around the globe. Climate change will render international trade even more central to food security, reinforcing its role in the movement of food from food-surplus to food-deficit countries in the wake of natural calamities. This Global Dialogue will ask, how can the multilateral trading system best contribute to food systems of the future? Clearly, the multilateral trading system must continue to level the playing field in food trade, while enabling countries to raise their social, environmental, and other relevant standards. The aim of this Global Dialogue is to discuss how the trading system can best be reformed to address the food needs of tomorrow, and support sustainable development as reflected in the Preamble to the Marrakesh Agreement Establishing the WTO.

The Global Dialogue on Trade will encourage an informal dialogue and exchange of views amongst invited participants, representing a broad range of stakeholders (government, civil society, business, farmers, academia and more). A high-level opening plenary will be followed by discussions in ten breakout sessions amongst invited participants, to be held under Chatham House rules. No reports or outcomes will emerge from the discussions in the breakout rooms. A high-level closing plenary will present in broad terms some of the subjects discussed in the breakout sessions and include closing remarks.

BREAKOUT SESSIONS:

  • International Trade in Food In Times of Crisis
  • Can the Reform of Agricultural Subsidies Contribute to Food System Transformation?
  • The WTO Agreement on Agriculture (AoA); The Way Forward
  • Trade Facilitation and the Cutting of Red Tape for Food System Transformation
  • Global Agricultural Value Chains
  • Realizing the Human Right to Food
  • Ensuring Sustainable Food Trade
  • Nutrition Security and International Trade
  • Food Security and International Trade
  • Food Safety and International Trade

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