With 11 weeks left until Minsters gather for the WTO’s 11th Ministerial Conference (MC 11), delegations in Geneva are entering the final stretches of preparation for the global trade body’s highest decision-making body. The last ministerial conference was held in Nairobi, Kenya in December 2015.
MC 11 comes at a time of uncertainty for the global trading system. A “mini-ministerial” is due to be held from 9-10 October in Marrakesh, Morocco, where officials are expected to discuss the Agenda of the Ministerial Conference and identify potential outcomes.
Back in July, WTO DG Roberto Azevedo had urged Members to “increase the intensity of our work markedly if we are to make the progress that I think most members want to see – including, crucially, steps on development and in support of LDCs.” ICTSD has recently published an insightful overview of negotiating topics in the area of Agriculture, several of which bear a strong development dimension.
TAF 2 is currently finalising arrangements to provide support several developing countries groups and delegations in the run-up to MC 11.