National and International Food Systems, Agricultural Trade, and the Challenges Ahead

Trade and Sustainable Development Symposium Side Events

The biennial Trade and Sustainable Development Symposium, organized 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.

Wednesday, December 13 
3:15 - 4:45 PM

In the 2014-16 period, some 795 million people were estimated to be undernourished. The Eleventh WTO Ministerial Conference (MC11) represents a key opportunity for governments to take steps towards SDG 2, that of ending hunger and malnutrition, one of the key commitments under the 2030 Agendaÿfor Sustainable Development. As policies affecting trade and markets are critical to improving food and nutrition security, this session will explore steps governments can take to build on progress realized at previous ministerials. In particular, the session will address how policymakers can contribute to the goals of the 2030 Agenda by fostering more equitable and sustainable markets for food and agriculture.

Moderator:    Christophe Bellman, Senior Resident Research Associate, ICTSD
Speakers:       Eugenio Diaz-Bonilla,Visiting Senior Research Fellow, Head of Latin America
                          and Caribbean Program, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)