OceanCanada Director Dr. Rashid Sumaila spoke at the 2015 Trade and Development Symposium in Nairobi on December 15 and 16, 2015. Dr. Rashid participated in two sessions. Videos of the sessions can be found at the links.
Addressing Illegal Trade in Natural Resources December 15, 2015
The United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and supported by the commitments made in the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA), was adopted in September 2015. Among the set of global priorities, the Agenda includes reform of illegal and unsustainable resource extraction (including illegal fishing, and the poaching and trafficking of protected species) and promotion of sustainable marine and terrestrial resource use.
Climate change is likely to intensify the many challenges governments face in implementing the 2030 Development Agenda, such as the new sustainable development goal to end hunger and malnutrition. More equitable, sustainable, and efficient global markets for agriculture and fisheries will be key to achieving the level of ambition the international community has set itself in this area. Although progress in agreeing new multilateral disciplines at the WTO has been at best incremental in recent years, E15 experts have identified how existing disciplines can be adapted to help meet future food demand. In this session, the speakers will explore how markets, policies, and global rules are evolving and discuss how the policy options identified by the E15 expert groups on Agriculture and Food Security and Fisheries and Oceans are relevant to the WTO agenda.