L'oeil de la Genève Internationale
July 2017

The 6th Aid for Trade Global Review will be held from 11 to 13 July at the World Trade Organization (WTO) headquarters in Geneva. Under the theme “Promoting Trade, Inclusiveness and Connectivity for Sustainable Development”, the 2017 Global Review will focus on crucial trade and development issues, such as the trade dimension of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), digital connectivity, women's empowerment and trade facilitation.


In this context, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) together with WTO will launch a publication entitled “Food standards and Trade”. Food standards and trade go hand in hand in ensuring safe, nutritious and sufficient food for a growing world population, projected to rise to around 10 billion by 2050.


The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development recognizes international trade as an engine for inclusive economic growth and poverty reduction, and an important means to achieve the SDGs. Indeed, international trade rules have an important role to play in efforts to reduce poverty and food insecurity, and thus to contribute to realize FAO’s vision of a “world free from hunger and malnutrition”.


A key objective of FAO’s work programme on trade is to support countries’ more effective participation in the formulation and implementation of trade agreements that enhanced food security. FAO also works with all stakeholders involved in the field of trade, food policy and food standard to strengthen the coordination and the cooperation among agriculture, heath and trade authorities and to raise awareness at the global level on the need for engagement and investment in domestic capacities.


Born in Antwerp in 1941, the photographer Harry Gruyaert has worked in numerous countries, notably in the United Kingdom, in the United States, in India, in Morocco and Japan. He took this photography in Vietnam (Mekong Delta) in 1984. A retrospective of its work was presented in Paris in 2015 and an important exhibition will be shown at the FotoMuseum of Antwerp in 2018.