VIR20-19

Title of the activity
Virtual WTO Agriculture Symposium
Activity Type
Virtual workshop
Description
The WTO Agriculture Symposium is annual event designed to create space for a debate of the most topical issues in agricultural trade. The target audience is not only agricultural delegates and trade negotiators, but also civil society and the broader public. This year the event will go virtual due to COVID. This year the event has two additional purposes. It is a celebration of Agriculture @ 25 and a preparation of the WTO messaging for the UN Food Systems Summit of 2021 that has been convened by the UN Secretary General.

Herewith the message on the introductory flyer for the Symposium:

If we are to achieve the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, immediate and urgent action is required to transform how food is produced, transported, and consumed. Recognition of this need is growing, driven by serious concern regarding the continued prevalence of extreme forms of hunger across the globe, diet-related health effects, damage to ecosystem services, climate change and distress among millions of small-scale food producers.
The transformation of food systems will require an unprecedented degree of international cooperation given the globalized nature of our food system. The recently announced UN Food Systems Summit in 2021 will raise food system transformation to the highest level of political attention, affirming its centrality to the achievement of the majority of the SDGs.
The 2020 edition of the WTO Agricultural Symposium will explore the role of international agricultural trade in achieving this transformation. It will also assess and draw on the lessons learned from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on agricultural trade.
Exactly twenty-five years have transpired since the WTO Agreement on Agriculture (AoA) came into place, with the aim of establishing a fair and market-oriented agricultural trading system. This makes the Symposium an important rendezvous for assessing past achievements and charting a new path forward.
Sending a message to the upcoming UN Food Systems Summit on the centrality of international agricultural trade to the achievement of the SDGs, the Symposium will take a critical look at the role of the multilateral trading system in achieving global food security, nutrition, and addressing the twin challenges of climate change and environmental sustainability.

Host Country
Switzerland
Trade topic
Agriculture
Start Date
End Date
Days
2
N.A.
Target Audience
Government officials
Language
English
English
Key Result
1. Government officials are implementing WTO Agreements and fully realising Members' rights and obligations
Key Output
1.1: Government officials have enhanced knowledge about the WTO Agreements, formulation of trade policies and conduct of trade negotiations
eAR Status
Approved
Invited Countries