DG Azevêdo: Better Data Needed To Make Trade Work For Women’s Economic Empowerment

“If we are going to make trade and development policies more gender-responsive, a first step is to improve our understanding of how these issues intersect with trade policies in key areas,” DG Azevêdo said. He pledged that the WTO would con...Read More

WTO Chairpersons For 2018

General Council H.E. Mr Junichi IHARA (Japan) Dispute Settlement Body H.E. Ms Sunanta KANGVALKULKIJ (Thailand) Trade Policy Review Body H.E. Mr. Eloi LAOUROU  (Benin) Council for Trade in Goods H.E. Mr. Stephen DE BOER  (Canada) Council for...Read More

Members Adopt Catalogue Of Instruments For Managing Food Safety, Animal, Plant Health Issues

Originally proposed by Canada and Kenya in June 2014, the catalogue lists actions WTO members can resort to in order to manage SPS issues, including trade concerns. Members finally reached a consensus and overcame the difference of views on...Read More

UNESCO Wants To Bridge The Gender Gap In The Digital Space

02 March 2018 Only 17% of biographies published on Wikipedia are about women. UNESCO aims to increase the visibility of women in the digital space by organizing a global call for contribution, the “Edit-a-thon”, on International Women’s Day...Read More


27 February 2018 The Conference on Disarmament continued its high-level segment this morning, hearing statements from the Foreign Ministers of Slovenia, Spain, Senegal, Republic of Korea, Sweden, Canada, and Egypt. Karl Erjavec, Vice-Prime ...Read More

Canada Donates CAD 250,000 To Support Food Safety, Animal/plant Health Standards And Trade

WTO Director-General Roberto Azevêdo said: “This donation from Canada will help developing and least-developed countries comply with international sanitary and phytosanitary standards, thereby boosting their capacity to trade with all the b...Read More


Also Addresses Update by Canada on the High-Level Fissile Material Cut-off Treaty Expert Preparatory Group 6 February 2018 The Conference on Disarmament this morning heard a presentation of the United States’ 2018 Nuclear Posture Review, de...Read More

Canada Files WTO Complaint Over US Trade Remedy Measures

Canada considers the measures relating to US anti-dumping or countervailing duty investigations, reviews or other proceedings are inconsistent with US obligations under the WTO’s Anti-Dumping Agreement, the Agreement on Subsidies and Counte...Read More

UNCITRAL and ISDS Reform: Pluralism and the Plurilateral Investment Court

As described in a previous post, the UNCITRAL mandate on the possible reform of investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) requires states to first identify and consider concerns regarding ISDS before going on to consider and develop any rele...Read More

More Than 40 Ministers Issue Joint Statement Affirming Support For The WTO

“We, the Ministers from 44 developing and developed Members that are strongly supportive of the multilateral trading system, are concerned that the World Trade Organization is facing challenges,” they declared. “We reaffirm the principles a...Read More

Secretary-General Appoints Colin Stewart Of Canada Special Representative, Head, United Nations Mission For Referendum In Western Sahara

United Nations Secretary‑General António Guterres today announced the appointment of Colin Stewart of Canada as his Special Representative for Western Sahara and Head of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINUR...Read More

Panel Of External Auditors Holds Fifty-Eighth Meeting At Food And Agriculture Organization In Rome, 30 November-1 December

The fifty‑eighth meeting of the Panel of External Auditors, chaired by Mussa Juma Assad, Controller and Auditor General of the United Republic of Tanzania, was held on 30 November and 1 December at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO...Read More

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