FAO, WHO, WTO, voice support for free flowing trade amid Covid-19

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IGTC fully supports the March 2020 Joint Statement by QU Dongyu, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and Roberto Azevedo, Directors-General of FAO, WHO and WTO (here), highlighting:

  • Millions of people around the world depend on international trade for their food security and livelihoods.
  • As countries move to enact measures aiming to halt the accelerating COVID-19 pandemic, care must be taken to minimise potential impacts on the food supply or unintended consequences on global trade and food security.
  • When acting to protect the health and well-being of their citizens, countries should ensure that any trade-related measures do not disrupt the food supply chain.
  • Every effort must be made to ensure that trade flows as freely as possible.