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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.
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Monday, December 11 • 10:45am - 12:15pm
Elimination of harmful fisheries subsidies: MC11's Low Hanging Fish

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An agreement on the elimination of harmful subsidies by 2020, in line with the Sustainable Development Goal #14 (the "Ocean SDG") and the UN 2030 Agenda adopted in September 2015, has been identified as the "low hanging fruit" for WTO MC11. In its 2017 Annual Report the WTO reports that "fisheries subsidies dominated work in the negotiating Group on Rules during 2016 [...] many WTO members saw an outcome on fisheries subsidies a 'critical area for action' for th WTO MC11 in Buenos Aires."

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Claire Nouvian

President, BLOOM
Claire Nouvian is an environmentalist dedicated to protecting the ocean and Claire Nouvian is an environmentalist dedicated to protecting the ocean and livelihoods from destructive fishing practices. She is particularly renowned for her commitment to putting an end to deep-sea bottom... Read More →
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Remi Parmentier

Director, The Varda Group
A founding director of the international consultancy The Varda Group, Rémi is a veteran of the international environmental movement with nearly 40 years of experience in the field. From 1979 onwards, Rémi has worked on behalf of international NGOs within multilateral bodies, to... Read More →
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Peter Thomson

Special Envoy for the Ocean of the UN Secretary General, United Nations
Ambassador Peter Thomson is a senior Fijian diplomat who was recently appointed by U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres as his Special Envoy for the ocean, seeking to galvanize efforts to protect the world's seas, including through the implementation of SDG14, the Sustainable Development... Read More →
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David Walker

New Zealand Ambassador to the World Trade Organization, New Zealand Permanent Mission to the World Trade Organization
Ambassador David Walker currently serves as Permanent Representative of New Zealand to the World Trade Organization. This is his third posting to Geneva. Between 2009 and April 2011 Dr Walker also served as New Zealand’s Permanent Representative to the WTO and as Chair of the Doha... Read More →

Monday December 11, 2017 10:45am - 12:15pm GMT-03
Breakout Room 3 - Rivadavia