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Updates from the Front 05
7 June 2013

The Theory of the Hypothesis

Agriculture held its first contact group where the Philippines in its intervention cited food security as the primary national objective in agriculture which is competing heavily with heavily subsidized foreign competition.

(Among the interventions from developing country, ours brought us in the radar of the EU along Saudi Arabia for citing subsidies as per leaked EU state-of-play report provided by Oxfam).

The Philippines also explained climate change impacts as a game changer in agriculture, why adaptation should be the focus of the discussions under sbsta, why CBDR, and presented concrete examples of needs in agriculture that needs to be addressed re: [1] developing the climate resilience of agricultural infrastructure, [2] technology, [3] where to locate/relocate production areas and the rural population to reduce risks, [4] distribution systems especially for archipelagic countries like the Philippines, [5] raw material and product standards, and [6] appropriate support systems for small, subsistence, resource-poor farmers.

We also continue to provide inputs in the G77/China position paper on NWP [we proposed sticking to the mandate of SBSTA while being alert on any attempt to bring matters from other work streams like LD which is being pushed by the US and agriculture which is being forwarded by Norway] and LD [we presented a way forward in designing the architecture, functions, and modalities of the international mechanism].

The SBI held a closed “hypothetical” meeting yesterday where “hypothetical” problems were presented for consideration in the “hypothetical” club called Saal Maritim.

The BURs continue to hardline on their “hypothetical” issue and G77/China parties opted to keep quite in the “hypothetical” meeting with only the G77/China chair engaging in a “hypothetical” discussion.

Because it is a “hypothetical” setting and upon the request of parties, a formal plenary will be held today at 10 am to discuss the issue.

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