Areas of Work

Agricultural Trade and Investment

In 2012, the Quaker UN Office (QUNO) began a four year project working with others in stepping back from the WTO agriculture negotiations to explore some questions at the heart of defining the purpose, structure and directions of governance of trade and investment in agriculture.

QUNO believes that by placing livelihoods and dignity alongside sustainability, resilience and food security as the central objectives of trade and investment for agriculture, and taking account of new global challenges, it is possible to envision a New Framework for Trade and Investment in Agriculture (NFTIA) that would better enable the world to meet peoples’ long-term food security needs.

Activities

In early 2014, QUNO convened an off the record expert consultation, in which different actors were able to share and develop ideas about the development of a new framework for trade and investment in agriculture and strategize on a shared plan for change.

The consultation focused on two themes:

  • Previous civil society efforts to change the paradigm of trade and investment in agriculture
  • A review of changes in food systems since the conclusion of the WTO's Agreement on Agriculture and other trade agreements, to better understand the current climate, need and potential for change so that trade and investment rules support all people's food security.

These two discussion areas provided a foundation to share and develop ideas about possibly developing a new framework that would better support food security. The presentations shared during the consultation are available below.

Throughout 2014 we will continue to hold consultations with key stakeholders to work towards the development of the new framework. QUNO is gathering related papers and blog pieces, which are shared on this page. If you would like further information, please contact us at shbragon@quno.ch.

Background Documents

Related Reading

Opinions expressed in the papers and blog pieces shared in the collection of links below do not necessarily reflect those of QUNO, but are provided instead to offer additional background and context to the issues and debate surrounding agricultural trade and investment.

More to be uploaded soon…

Recent Timeline Events

March 2015

QUNO is still accepting applications our 2015 Geneva Summer School

QUNO has extended the application deadline for our 2015 Geneva Summer School to 16 March. 

  • Do you have an active interest in international affairs?
  • Would you like to study the UN at first hand?
  • Do you want to meet people from all over the world?
  • Are you aged 20 to 26?

The Geneva Summer School (5 July – 17 July 2015) provides an introduction for young people to the work of the United Nations, as seen through the programmes of QUNO. Emphasis is given to formal and informal discussion sessions so that the 25 summer school participants can gain in-depth understanding of the issues at stake and the dynamics that shape work on these issues. A variety of learning techniques are employed, including lectures, small group discussions, role plays and workshops.

Contact Helen Bradford for more information or to submit the application forms below at helenb@quaker.org.uk or +44 (0) 20 7663 1071. Further information is also available here.

 

 

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February 2015

QUNO Geneva is accepting applications for Programme Assistant in Food & Sustainability and Climate Change

Our Geneva office is now hiring a Programme Assistant for September 2015 to August 2016. This is an opportunity for a person in sympathy with Quaker approaches and with an interest in international affairs and in international organizations. You would experience a range of international work, while working primarily as an assistant to QUNO’s Representative for Food & Sustainability in her work relating to agricultural trade, intellectual property of plants and innovation by small-scale farmers. The work also includes a support role to QUNO’s Bonn-based Representative for Climate Change, maintaining strong linkages between QUNO’s work in Geneva and in Bonn, contributing to programme outreach and acting as a Geneva-based presence in meetings.

For more information, visit our PA page and download the complete job description and application form below. The deadline for applications is 30 March. 

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