Following our first webinar in March on this topic, and our subsequent deep dive during the Virtual Ocean Dialogues, we will assess the state of play and consider what steps can be taken now to ensure that the World Trade Organization (WTO) adopts an agreement by the end of 2020 in line with SDG 14.6, in spite of delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
We are delighted to be joined by the following speakers:
- Ambassador Peter Thomson, UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean;
- Keith Rockwell, Director of the Information and External Affairs Division and Spokesperson at the WTO;
- Claire Delpeuch, Fisheries and Aquaculture Programme Manager at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD);
- Santiago Wills, Ambassador of Colombia to the WTO in Geneva and Chair of the WTO negotiations to find a deal to end harmful fisheries subsidies worldwide; and
- Dr Tom Pickerell, Executive Director of the Global Tuna Alliance.
The webinar will be moderated by Rémi Parmentier, Director of the Varda Group and Advisor to Friends of Ocean Action.
Public funds are being pumped every year into environmentally and socially harmful fisheries subsidies – contributing to overfishing, overcapacity and IUU fishing. These subsidies are threatening fish stocks, food security and coastal communities’ livelihoods.
A new OECD policy brief, ‘Fisheries, Aquaculture and COVID-19: Issues and Policy Responses’, further emphasizes that economic, equity and environmental considerations all point to similar best practices. Rather than subsidizing fishing effort, a better approach is to support the incomes of those most in need and ensure that evidence-based management remains in place and is enforced.
In accordance with the Sustainable Development Goals, the WTO has been mandated to agree on a deal by the end of 2020. Time is running out.
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