In WTO’s virtual Ministerial Meeting held on 15 July, 104 ministers and heads of delegation confirmed that the negotiating text on the meeting can be used as the basis for finalizing the agreement. WTO members pledged to conclude the negotiation at or before WTO’s Ministerial Conference in early December.
Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala to host a ministerial meeting on 15 July to review the Chair’s new draft consolidated text and move negotiations on fisheries subsidies closer to a conclusion.
Ahead of the WTO’s July ministerial meeting on fisheries subsidies, environmental activists in Seoul urge leaders to reach an agreement.
Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala to host a ministerial meeting with aim of concluding fisheries negotiations
Stop Funding Overfishing campaign pushes for world leaders to reach an agreement to end harmful fisheries subsidies as soon as possible
The World Trade Organization (WTO) has confirmed that negotiators will not reach a fisheries subsidies deal by the end of 2020. Although this means that they will miss the SDG target 14.6 deadline to prohibit the subsidies that drive overfishing, the WTO emphasized that members remain committed to this issue, stating that WTO members aim to build on this year’s momentum to finalize an agreement early in 2021.
Over 170 organizations urge world leaders to reach a WTO agreement to stop harmful fisheries subsidies as soon as possible.