WTO’s Lamy Says More International Trade Prevents Climate Change and Water Scarcity


3 June 2008: The World Trade

Organization's (WTO) Director-General, Pascal Lamy, addressed the High-Level

Conference on World Food Security, which met in Rome, Italy, from 3-5 June

2006, where he highlighted climate change's impacts on agriculture, including

the potentially greater scarcity of water, and called attention to the

water-saving potential of international trade, by preventing the unnecessary

growth of agriculture in countries without access to sufficient water resources.

Lamy emphasized that international trade will help countries to cope with

soaring food prices and adjust food supply to demand, and said “easier, more

open trade can strengthen the production capacity of developing countries,

rendering them less vulnerable.” [Statement]