International commodity agreements, most of them agreed through the framework of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), aim to develop international trade in commodities produced in developing countries and their sustainable production through collaboration between producing and importing countries.
International commodity organisations in 2010:
- International Tropical Timber Organization, ITTO
- International Coffee Organization, ICO
- International Cocoa Organization, ICCO
- International Sugar Organization, ISO
- International Grains Council, IGC
- International Olive Council, IOC
- International Cotton Advisory Committee, ICAC
- International Jute Study Group, IJSG
- International Rubber Study Group, IRSG
- International Network for Bamboo and Rattan, INBAR
- International Nickel Study Group, INSG
- International Copper Study Group, ICSG
- International Lead and Zinc Study Group, LZSG
In addition, eleven inter-governmental groups working under the FAO Committee on Commodity Problems (CCP) have an International Commodity Organisation status.
Through the European Union Finland is a member of all the commodity organisations listed above, except for the organisations covering cotton, bamboo and rattan. The EU positions on commodity issues are coordinated by the Council Working Party on Commodities (PROBA).
Most issues related to these commodities fall within the administrative sphere of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry. The Ministry therefore coordinates these issues in Finland and appoints Finland’s representative to PROBA. The Ministry of Employment and the Economy deals with issues related to copper, lead, zinc and nickel, and participates in collaboration on research through the related international study groups. The Ministry for Foreign Affairs conducts Finland’s preparatory and monitoring work on the Common Fund for Commodities (CFC) and the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), as well as defines the related development policies of Finland.
Finland’s national coordinator and representative for the Council Working Party on Commodities (PROBA) is Ministerial Adviser Kimmo Närhinen from the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry. Other experts from Finland are invited to participate in PROBA’s meetings as necessary.