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Ensuring Sustainability through a Nexus Approach: Climate Change, Trade and Food Security

This session facilitated a dialogue among experts, practitioners and negotiators from the domains of trade, climate change, natural resource management, agriculture and food security who threw light on the nexus between these domains to help inform a more inclusive policy making as well as synergetic negotiations in the WTO and UNFCCC.

As such, the panel included experts from civil society and international organisations and developing countries engaged in these domains. The discussion focused on action points and mechanisms necessary for integrating a nexus of trade, climate change, natural resource management and agriculture and food security. The target audience will be government officials, international organisations, civil society, and the private sector.

The objective of this session by CUTS International Geneva was to facilitate dialogue among experts, practitioners and negotiators from the domains of trade, climate change, natural resource management, agriculture and food security to throw light on the nexus between these domains and help inform a more inclusive policy making as well as synergetic negotiations in the WTO and UNFCCC.

On the panel, speakers explored action points and mechanisms necessary for integrating a nexus of trade, climate change, natural resource management and agriculture and food security. Elia Mtweve, a Tanzanian delegate to the WTO, called for “smart” multilateral trade rules which can contribute to environmental protection, sustainable development and food security, noting the relevance of some issues on the MC11 agenda in this regard such as fisheries subsidies. David Vivas of UNCTAD concurred on this matter, lamenting that an ambitious decision may not be reached this year despite the emergency and commitment by world leaders under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on fisheries subsidies.

Sharing lessons on ongoing work under the CUTS-led PACT EAC2 project, Jane Nalunga of SEATINI remarked that industrialization is back on the agenda in Africa and that efforts are under way to come up with more holistic industrial policies, drawing synergies with trade, climate change, gender and food security. In such efforts, ITC’s Chief Economist Marion Jansen underscored the importance of sustainability standards, as well as governmental institutions to draw inspiration from the increasing collaboration happening among private sector players.

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