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The biennial Trade and Sustainable Development Symposium, organised by the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) and held alongside the WTO ministerial conference for over a decade, is the leading multi-stakeholder platform for intellectual enquiry and dialogue on sustainable development and the global trade and investment system. It acts as an inclusive platform outside of the WTO negotiating setting for sharing ideas, engaging in dialogue, and influencing trade policy negotiations. Drawing in participants from government, business and civil society, the Symposium helps to maintain and elaborate a global vision of sustainable development in trade and investment policymaking.
Tuesday, December 12 • 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Agri-food Trade, Climate Change and Achieving Sustainable Development Goals

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The Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development is shaping a framework for global governance that responds to a complex and interconnected global landscape. With the SDGs, the Agenda recognizes that trade is a key element in addressing fundamental issues such as food security, nutrition and the promotion of sustainable agriculture (SDG 2), healthy lives and wellbeing (SDG 3) economic growth (SDG 8), inequality (SDG 10), ocean, seas and marine resource (SDG 14), and global partnership for sustainable development (SDG 17).

Agricultural trade plays a major role in contributing to global food security, ensuring stable supplies and contributing to price stability. Moreover, agricultural trade is paramount in enabling conditions for facilitating structural transformation, promoting growth, mobilizing different sources of finance, and fostering job creation and social inclusion. Yet, while climate change is expected to have marked impacts on  agricultural production and food security, may also lead to significant trade disruptions in the short run (as a consequence of extreme weather events) and to long-term changes in agricultural trade patterns. Climate change will therefore affect all aspects of food security: availability, access, stability and utilization, and will challenge our efforts to ensure enough safe, nutritious, and affordable food for all.

However, while climate change might lead to serious production losses in many parts of the world, trade can help countries adapting to disruptions in food supply triggered by climate change. In other words, trade may be a key adaptation measure for addressing the consequences of climate change. Trade can play a stabilizing role in compensating for changes in production across regions, and in reducing food price volatility. Therefore, policy makers need to consider how to formulate, coordinate and implement climate change, agriculture and trade policies to meet the sustainability objectives of the 2030 Agenda.

This panel will investigate the relation between agriculture, food security, trade and climate change. The discussion will focus on how policy makers should balance trade and domestic policy measures that can address the challenges posed by climate change, while supporting the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, and in particular food security, nutrition and promotion of sustainable agriculture.

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Christophe Bellmann

Senior Resident Research Associate, ICTSD
Christophe BELLMANN is a Senior Resident Research Associate at ICTSD with more than 20 years of experience working on international trade negotiations and policy making from a sustainable development perspective. Mr. Bellmann joined ICTSD in 1998, first as Programme Officer for Outreach... Read More →

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Daniela Alfaro

Former Latin America Editor of Puentes - ICTSD, International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD)
Daniela Alfaro is an Economist and holds a Master´s Degree from the National University of Uruguay (UDELAR). Former Editor for Latin-American of Puentes/ ICSTD. She currently advises the Minister of Agriculture of Uruguay on WTO issues. Daniela is Professor of Trade and Agricultural... Read More →
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David Blandford

Professor Emeritus, Penn State University
David Blandford is professor emeritus of agricultural and environmental economics at the Pennsylvania State University. He was formerly a division director at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in Paris and a professor at Cornell University. He has twice served... Read More →
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Ekaterina Krivonos

Economist, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Ekaterina Krivonos leads the work of the Trade Team in the Trade and Markets Division of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in Rome, Italy. Her experience is focused on analyzing trade policy issues in relation to agricultural markets and food security... Read More →
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Martin Piñeiro

Director, Consejo Argentino para las Relaciones Internacionales
Agriculture, development and trade
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George Rapsomanikis

Senior Economist, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
George Rapsomanikis is a Senior Economist in the FAO Trade and Markets Division. His research focuses on issues related to food price volatility, food security, and small-scale agriculture development. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Reading and has authored over fifty journal... Read More →

Tuesday December 12, 2017 5:00pm - 6:30pm GMT-03
Theater - San Martin Bolsa de Cereales, Buenos Aires, Argentina