WTO agriculture negotiations at “critical juncture”, Chair tells delegation heads

With less than five weeks until the WTO’s 12th Ministerial Conference (MC12), due to take place from 30 November to 3 December, the agriculture negotiations are at “a critical juncture”, the Chair of the Committee on Agriculture in Special Session, Ambassador Gloria Abraham Peralta (Costa Rica), noted at a meeting on 28 October. She stressed that WTO members “now urgently need clear political guidance” on questions where gaps remain.