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The aim of the meeting is to create a space for international policy-makers, negotiators, farm groups and other policy actors to explore the extent to which the G-20 process, WTO negotiations and the emerging architecture of preferential trade agreements could allow governments to achieve progress towards SDG2, by improving the policies and global rules that govern markets for food and agriculture.

The dialogue takes place in the context of Argentina’s 2018 presidency of the G-20 group of major economies, which has established “a sustainable food future” as one of three top priorities. Following the lack of consensus outcomes on agriculture at the WTO’s eleventh ministerial conference in Buenos Aires, the G-20 process should be an opportunity for decision-makers and political leaders to revisit how best to take concrete steps towards the achievement of the SDGs, including through actions to improve the functioning of global markets for food and agriculture. At the same time, the fast-changing landscape of preferential trade negotiations is reshaping frameworks for economic integration, both within the Latin American region and beyond. As climate change creates new challenges for economic actors, governments will need to take decisive and coherent collaborative action on trade and markets for food and agriculture in order to transform the bold vision of Agenda 2030 into reality.

This event is by invitation only.

The context setting is done by Ricardo Meléndez-Ortiz, Chief Executive of ICTSD.

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Hotel Meliá, Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Trade, Food Security, and the 2030 Agenda
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Friday, 16 March 2018 - 9:00am to 6:00pm
21 January 2017

THOMSON REUTERS

By Eugenio Díaz-Bonilla and Jonathan Hepburn

Just 15 months after governments at the UN agreed a set of bold new global goals on everything from ending poverty and hunger to tackling climate change and insecurity, prospects for global cooperation in a range of areas are looking distinctly dimmer than they did before.

Agriculture is a key sector for the achievement of many UN Sustainable Development Goals, which aim to end poverty and hunger and promote prosperity and people’s wellbeing. In China, as well as in other economies, agriculture will continue to play a pivotal role, not only as a provider of food, but also as a source of income for many households.

The main objective of this workshop - organised jointly by the Agricultural Trade Promotion Center of the Ministry of Agriculture (ATPC), OECD, ICTSD, with the technical collaboration of FAO and in co-operation with other international organisations - will be to discuss and explore options for devising a comprehensive policy framework able to address food security challenges, in a context of evolving agricultural markets. The workshop will begin by presenting selected global issues and experiences, with a view to then focusing on the application for Chinese agricultural policy going forward.

Further information is available on the OECD's website.

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Beijing, China
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Thursday, 26 October 2017 - 9:00am to 6:00pm
27 September 2017

Swissinfo.ch

In this article published on Swissinfo.ch ICTSD Senior Programme Manager Jonathan Hepburn says that the outcome of the Swiss vote will put no additional market barriers on agricultural imports coming from developing countries.