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India Sabotages Twenty Years of WTO Fisheries Subsidies Negotiations

Final version after WTO official statement – Buenos Aires, 13 December 2017 BLOOM and the Varda Group, which have been advocating for the adoption of strong fisheries subsidies disciplines at the WTO 11th Ministerial Conference, are dismayed by the WTO’s failure to agree on a binding agreement. Since the WTO initiated talks in 1999 on More…

WTO MC11 in Buenos Aires: No political tango, please

Upon landing in Buenos Aires on Dec. 6th 2017, the Low Hanging Fish campaign team was relieved to receive confirmation from Geneva that agreement had been reached among Trade negotiators to send the text of a Draft Ministerial Decision on Fisheries Subsidies to the WTO Ministerial Conference (Document WT/MIN(17)/W/4 of 6 December). After the Draft More…

Will the WTO succeed to bring world fisheries to sustainability?

Trade Ministers will have the final word on a fisheries subsidies agreement at the Buenos Aires WTO Ministerial Conference next week (10-13 Dec. 2017) FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Geneva/Buenos Aires, 5 December 2017 Negotiations on the elimination of fisheries subsidies that contribute to overfishing, overcapacity, and illegal (IUU[1]) fishing have been going on at the More…

THE LOW HANGING FISH CAMPAIGN AT WTO MC-11, BUENOS AIRES

The Low Hanging Fish campaign team will be on site in Buenos Aires to monitor progress and comment on developments, for the duration of the WTO ministerial conference, from 7 December onward. We are available to exchange views with WTO members, WTO staff, NGO and civil society representative, and to share our expectations and reactions More…

After the Blue Cop

This year’s two weeks of climate talks, COP23, the Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change have concluded on 17 November. Although it took place in Bonn this year, the Climate Conference is chaired this year by Fiji, a Small Island Developing State, with Fiji’s Permanent Representative to the UN’s office More…

FISHERIES SUBSIDIES, FROM GENEVA TO BUENOS AIRES

Since the Sustainable Development Goals were adopted by the UN General Assembly in September 2015, including Target 14.6: elimination of harmful fisheries subsidies by 2020, WTO members have had more than two years to sort out this issue before MC11, the 11th WTO Ministerial Conference takes place in Buenos Aires next month. Let alone the More…

A Dutch pulse trawler in the North Sea

The European Parliament opens the door to the expansion of electric fishing

Yesterday, the European Parliament’s Fisheries Committee voted for a possible massive expansion of electric pulse fishing in Europe but a Plenary vote will occur so the results can still be turned around. All the amendments tabled by MEPs under the direct influence of Dutch Fishing industry lobbies – which were loudly present in the room More…

UNSG’s Special Envoy for the Ocean coming to MC11 in Buenos Aires

At a side event organized by the International Oceanographic Commission on 2nd November in the margins of UNESCO’s General Conference in Paris, the UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean, Ambassador Peter Thomson emphasized the importance of reaching a deal on harmful fisheries subsidies, next month at the 11th Ministerial Conference of the World More…

Towards a WTO Fisheries Agreement that is environmentally and socially sustainable?

Seven weeks to go before the WTO’s Ministerial conference (MC11) starts in Buenos Aires. Expectation for a fisheries subsidies agreement is growing, but obstacles remain. Will the WTO Members finally agree, and with what level of ambition? Full speed ahead? On 13 October, in a piece titled “Fish Subsidies Talks full speed ahead”, Politico reported More…

Prince of Wales delivers strong statement on harmful subsidies

On October 5, 2017, during the opening session of “Our Ocean” Conference in Malta, His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales delivered a powerful address about harmful subsidies and SDG 14. The Prince of Whales mentioned how encouraged he was by the World Trade Organization’s progress on the issue of fisheries subsidies. The Prince of Wales’ More…