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NZ Trade Minister on Trade, food security, climate conflicts.

- Tuesday, July 07, 2009

NZ Conservation and Trade Minister Tim Groser has highlighted the potentially conflicting climate and trade agendas that are in play at present as attempts are made to finalise the Doha trade round at the same time that multi-lateral climate change negotiations reach a critical point with the Copenhagen negotiations that are set to conclude in December, 2009.

Groser highlights the potential conflicts that exist in simultaneously trying to achieve global greenhouse emission mitigation, increase food production to improve global food security, and negotiate a multilateral trade agreement that would free-up agricultural trade. Underlying these issues is strong indications from the EU and the WTO that ‘carbon status’ could be incorporated into future international trade agreements.

 
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