texts emerge on IUU fishing, overfished stocks
WTO Negotiating Group on Rules, meeting over five days last week (13-17
November), saw the completion of efforts by a group of members to
streamline texts on prohibited subsidies relating to IUU (illegal,
unreported and unregulated) fishing and on overfished stocks.
cherry-picking MC11 outcomes, holds Members hostage
Ravi Kanth, Geneva, 20 November 2017)
United States continues to cherry-pick outcomes for the World Trade
Organization's eleventh ministerial meeting in Buenos Aires next month.
"vertical" text on fisheries, assessment by Rules Chair
Raja, Geneva, 16 October 2017)
proponents of the seven textual proposals, put forward in the ongoing
negotiations on fisheries subsidies, have submitted a new "non-paper"
compiling these proposals.
urge WTO Members to abandon expansionist agenda
Raja, Geneva, 10 October 2017)
300 civil society organisations (CSOs) from more than 150 countries
have raised the alarm that some members of the World Trade Organisation
(WTO) are "pushing a dangerous and inappropriate new agenda"
in the run-up to the WTO's eleventh ministerial conference (MC11)
in Buenos Aires beginning on 10 December.
nations insist on reference to DWP in fisheries accord at MC11
Ravi Kanth, Geneva, 14 September 2017)
large majority of developing and poorest countries have insisted that
any outcome/agreement for prohibiting certain categories of fisheries
subsidies must refer explicitly in the preamble to the mandate provided
in the Doha Work Program (DWP) of 2001, trade negotiators told SUNS.
Rules Chair issues "matrix" paper on fisheries subsidies
Raja, Geneva, 2 August 2017)
Chair of the WTO Negotiating Group on Rules has issued a compilation
matrix of all the textual proposals put forward so far in the ongoing
negotiations on fisheries subsidies.
Indonesia table revised proposals on fisheries subsidies
Raja, Geneva, 17 July 2017)
the European Union and Indonesia have introduced their revised proposals
on fisheries subsidies at an informal meeting of the WTO Negotiating
Group on Rules on Thursday.
approach to MC11 outcomes to ensure comfort for US?
Ravi Kanth, Geneva, 22 June 2017)
to finalize a formulaic approach of outcomes for the World Trade Organization's
eleventh ministerial meeting in Buenos Aires this December are being
intensified with the sole aim of ensuring that the United States remains
comfortable without having to undertake any fresh commitments, according
to people familiar with the development.
proposal on fisheries to undermine S&DT flexibilities
Ravi Kanth, Geneva, 4 May 2017)
to undermine special and differential flexibilities for developing
countries are being considered as part of the disciplines for prohibiting
fisheries subsidies that are being promoted as a major deliverable
for the World Trade Organization's eleventh ministerial meeting in
Buenos Aires later this year, rules negotiators told SUNS.
Chair to hold focused sessions on fisheries subsidies
Raja, Geneva, 6 March 2017)
Chair of the WTO Negotiating Group on Rules has informed members that
he plans to hold focused sessions on specific substantive issues in
relation to disciplines on fisheries subsidies.
table proposal on fisheries subsidies disciplines
Raja, Geneva, 26 January 2017)
informal open-ended meeting of the WTO Negotiating Group on Rules
on Tuesday (24 January) held an initial discussion on a new submission
by the Least Developed Countries (LDCs), proposing some elements for
discussion on new disciplines on fisheries subsidies.