January 17, 2020

As agreement deadline nears, first set of 2020 fisheries subsidies talks get under way

At a 16-17 January meeting of the Negotiating Group on Rules, WTO members kicked off the first set of 2020 meetings aimed at securing a global agreement on reducing harmful fisheries subsidies by the 12th Ministerial Conference (MC12) in Nur-Sultan in June. Among other issues, members discussed a new proposal from Canada on prohibiting subsidies that contribute to overcapacity and overfishing, and special flexibilities for developing and least developed countries to help them implement a future deal.

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