|作者：||Committee on Agriculture|
16th DEDICATED DISCUSSION OF THE
TRADE-RELATED DEVELOPMENTS FOR COTTON
4 November 2021
Report by the Chairperson, Ambassador Gloria ABRAHAM PERALTA
1. Pursuant to the Bali Ministerial Decision on Cotton of 7 December 2013 and the Nairobi Ministerial Decision on Cotton of 19 December 2015, the 16th Dedicated Discussion of the Relevant Trade-Related Developments for Cotton (the Dedicated Discussion) took place on 4 November 2021. The Dedicated Discussion was held back-to-back with the 36th Round of the Director-General's Consultative Framework Mechanism on Cotton (DGCFMC) dealing with the development assistance aspects of cotton.
2. In my introductory remarks I noted that, despite the sanitary-related challenges, the 2021 edition of World Cotton Day was duly celebrated by partner organizations, Members, observers, civil society, and the private sector, in various parts of the globe. The celebrations at the WTO included a joint webinar with the ITC focusing on African value chains for cotton, textiles, and the clothing sector, a cotton exhibition in the WTO atrium showcasing stands by the WTO Secretariat, Members, and partner organizations, as well as online celebrations such as a dedicated webpage with news on cotton and WCD 2021 events. The WTO also hosted several Ministers from Burkina Faso and Mali on that occasion.
3. I congratulated the Cotton-4 (C-4) on the historic adoption by the United Nations General Assembly of the resolution proclaiming 7 October as the international day for cotton. I highlighted the importance of this achievement for the cotton community, noting that the resolution acknowledges the vital role cotton plays in several countries by providing livelihoods for millions of people, as well as its broader economic and social impacts around the world. I noted that the resolution also reaffirms the relevance of the sectoral cotton initiative launched in 2003 and acknowledges the work undertaken at the WTO since then, both on effective development assistance to cotton sectors in developing countries and in terms of the trade negotiations.
4. In my report of the state of play in the agriculture negotiations with a focus on cotton, I noted that achieving an outcome on cotton at MC12 was a shared objective for Members and such an outcome should address both trade and development. The latter, developed under the DGCFMC, envisaged to acknowledge at MC12 the work undertaken under the cotton development track pursuant to past Ministerial Decisions. The second Partners' Conference, to be held in the margins of MC12 to help LDCs in their efforts to mobilize technical and financial resources for the implementation of cotton projects, would also be an important component of an outcome on development.