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Policy and Institutional Frameworks

The United Nations, World Trade Organization, and Challenges of Human Security

This project focuses on the emerging or re-emerging threats to human security in three global policy areas that intersect the mandates of the UN, its specialized agencies, and the World Trade Organization (WTO). The three global/human security policy areas include food security, health security, and environmental security. Global trade rules enforced by the WTO are now having a significant impact on UN-led multilateral conventions and norms in these three human security areas.

Specifically, this project explores how WTO rules are interacting with the Food and Agriculture Organization conventions and regulations on food safety/security, the World Health Organization policies and resolutions on health security/right to health, and the UN Convention on Biological Diversity/Protocol on Biosafety, including the precautionary principle in UN-led multilateral environmental treaties.


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