BLOOM’s agenda

November

European Parliament PECH COMMITTEE – Fisheries

21 November, 2017

Conservation of fishery resources and the protection of marine ecosystems through technical measures

December

WTO’s Ministerial Conference – Buenos Aires

10-13 December, 2017

WTO members have agreed that the organization’s Eleventh Ministerial Conference (MC11) will take place from 10 to 13 December 2017 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The Conference will be chaired by Argentina’s Foreign Minister Susana Malcorra.

BLOOM will alert governments and ocean advocates on the fact that the December 2017 WTO meeting in Buenos Aires is the only opportunity for the international community to have a timely implementation of SDG 14.6 (elimination of harmful subsidies by 2020), as there will be no other  WTO meeting before the end of 2019.

fisheries subsidies session in Buenos Aires – WTO MINISTERIAL CONFERENCE

11 December, 2017

Monday, December 11 • 10:45am – 12:15pm

An agreement on the elimination of harmful subsidies by 2020, in line with the Sustainable Development Goal #14 (the “Ocean SDG”) and the UN 2030 Agenda adopted in September 2015, has been identified as the “low hanging fruit” for WTO MC11. In its 2017 Annual Report the WTO reports that “fisheries subsidies dominated work in the negotiating Group on Rules during 2016 […] many WTO members saw an outcome on fisheries subsidies a ‘critical area for action’ for th WTO MC11 in Buenos Aires.”

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By BLOOM, the Varda Group and ICTSD