Agricultural Trade and Investment

Facilitating policy making that places food security at the heart of agricultural trade governance.
November 2013

QUNO speaks at UNCTAD meeting on Trade and Food Security

QUNO’s Caroline Dommen was a panellist at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) discussion forum, “Why Trade Matters in Development Strategies”. The panel gathered experts on trade and food security to foster dialogue between Geneva trade diplomats and national officials in charge of development planning.

Caroline presented some of the main findings from QUNO’s recent survey on trade and investment in agriculture. She also highlighted some key questions for consideration by national officials when planning for development. These included the importance of asking what kind of development is desirable in the long-term before designing policy and the importance of considering employment factors in agricultural policy.

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November 2013

QUNO hosts agriculture and food panel at the WTO Public Forum 2013

Photo Credit: WTO

QUNO hosted a panel discussion at the WTO Public Forum 2013 on “Exploring New Frameworks for Trade and Investment in Agriculture”. Speaking on the panel were Caroline Dommen, QUNO Representative for Global Economic Issues, Hans Herren, recipient of The Right Livelihood Award 2013 and Mark Halle, from the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD).

During this event, panellists and members of the audience considered environmental and social impacts of the current agricultural system. This led to discussion about what considerations are necessary for decision makers to take on board, in order to ensure an agricultural system that responds to the needs of the world today.

You can listen to an audio recording of the session here.

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October 2013

Geneva Reporter, July-October 2013

Read QUNO Geneva's newsletter for the period July to October 2013. Features stories:

  • Children of parents sentenced to death or executed
  • New framework for trade and investment in agriculture
  • Conscientious objection to military service
  • New energy on nuclear disarmament
  • Highlights from QUNO New York

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