Regional Seminar on Emerging Issues on Trade, Climate Change and Food Security
SAWTEE, the Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka and Oxfam Novib organized a South Asia-level regional seminar on “Emerging Issues on Trade, Climate Change and Food Security: Way Forward for South Asia” on 31 May-1 June 2012 in Colombo. The programme was inaugurated by Hon’ble Anura Priyadharshana Yapa, Minister of Environment, Government of Sri Lanka.
South Asian academics, experts, civil society members, policy makers and media persons, among others, deliberated on issues such as the outcomes of the Durban Climate Conference in relation to climate finance and technology transfer, the SAARC Food Bank, SAARC Seed Bank, issues of competition policy and food price inflation, liberalization of trade in environmental goods and services, and South Asian intra-regional liberalization of trade in services. Discussions took place over six technical sessions. The meeting also came up with a way forward on these issues.