On Friday, the World Trade Organization (WTO) members approved a series of trade agreements that included commitments on fishing and pledges on health and food security after more than five gruelling days of negotiations.
The deals were ground out at the Minister's Conference attended by more than 100 trade ministers in Geneva. The delegations passed a package of six agreements amid geopolitical tensions heightened by the Ukraine war.
WTO Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala said that “the package of agreements you have reached will make a difference to the lives of people around the world. The outcomes demonstrate that the WTO is, in fact, capable of responding to emergencies of our time.”
*BREAKING*— WTO (@wto) June 17, 2022
WTO ministers reach historic agreements on response to food insecurity, @wfp food purchases exemption, WTO response to the pandemic, #TRIPS, #ecommerce moratorium, and #fisheriessubsidies. More info coming soon. #MC12 pic.twitter.com/2tCwPFynxk
The WTO’s rules dictate that all decisions are taken by consensus, with any single member able to exercise a veto.
#MC12 ENDS & DELIVERS on:— João Aguiar Machado (@EUAmbWTO) June 17, 2022
✅ @WTO response to the Pandemic, including #TRIPSwaiver
✅ #Fisheries subsidies
✅ #FoodSecurity & World Food Programme
✅ Launch of WTO reform
✅ E-commerce Moratorium & Work Programme
A Memorable day and a New start for the WTO pic.twitter.com/Z75OnKYkKz