Sessions in the Natural Resources and Sustainability stream at the TSDS will discuss and explore options for how the global trade system can be improved to better respond to the challenges of sustainable development in areas such as agriculture and food security, climate change, and fisheries.

In agriculture, governments have agreed to correct and prevent trade restrictions and distortions in world agricultural markets as part of their efforts to ensure that the global food system contributes to the achievement of the zero hunger goal under Agenda 2030. The sessions will seek to explore how progress in this area can be achieved through actions in the multilateral trading system, while also considering the implications of parallel processes such as regional integration and preferential trade negotiations.

A key priority of the world community is to address climate change, as set out in the Paris Agreement of the UNFCCC as well as in Agenda 2030. However, the ambitious targets agreed upon will not be reached with the measures that have been pledged and adopted to date. There is thus an urgent need to scale up climate action, including by adopting proactive trade policies. The sessions will discuss such policy options, including fossil fuel subsidy reform.

In fisheries, harmful subsidies are recognised as an obstacle to the sustainable exploitation of fish stocks. Under a specific target in Agenda 2030, governments have given themselves a deadline of 2020 for the prohibition of certain subsidies that contribute to overcapacity and overfishing and eliminating subsidies that contribute to illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing. The sessions will discuss trade policies and frameworks that will help attain these objectives.

Watch sessions from the Natural Resources and Sustainability stream at TSDS 2017