15 December 2021

Launch of Three Ministerial Statements on Trade, Environment, and Sustainable Development at the WTO

TESS moderated the launch event of the Ministerial Statements on Trade and Environmental Sustainability Structured Discussions, Informal Dialogue on Plastics Pollution and Environmentally Sustainable Plastics Trade, and Fossil Fuel Subsidies at the World Trade Organization.

TESS was proud to moderate this launch event, which was originally scheduled during the postponed MC12 on 1 December 2021. The launch event witnessed varied range of stakeholders including Trade Ministers from WTO members participating in one or more of three initiatives, as well as leaders of a number of international organisations and stakeholder groups.

The latest versions of the three Ministerial Statements can be accessed here: TESSD, IDP and Fossil Fuel Subsidies


Keynote Address

  • Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Director-General, WTO

Launch of Ministerial Statements

Trade and Environmental Sustainability – TESSD

  • Hon. Andres Valenciano, Minister of Foreign Trade (Costa Rica)

Plastic Pollution and Environmentally Sustainable Plastics Trade – IDP

  • Hon. Vice Minister Wang Shouwen (China)
  • Hon. Julio Jose PRADO, Minister for Production, Foreign Trade, Investment and Fisheries (Ecuador)
  • Hon. Dan Tehan, Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment (Australia)

Fossil Fuel Subsidies

  • Hon. Damien O'Connor, Minister for Trade and Export Growth (New Zealand)
  • Mr. Valdis Dombrovskis, Executive Vice-President and Commissioner for Trade (European Union)


  • Carolyn Deere Birkbeck, TESS

Perspectives from Stakeholders

  • Inger Anderson, Executive Director, UN Environmental Programme (UNEP)
  • Rebeca Gryspan, Secretary General, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)
  • Mathias Cormann, Secretary-General, Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
  • Pamela Coke-Hamilton, Executive Director, International Trade Center (ITC)
  • Peter Wooders, Senior Director, Energy, International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)
  • Sean Doherty, Head of International Trade & Investment, World Economic Forum (WEF)
  • Crispin Conroy, Permanent Observer to the UN and Representative at the WTO, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)
  • Marco Lambertini, Director General, WWF International

Closing Remarks

  • Jean-Marie Paugam, Deputy Director-General, WTO

Launch of Three Ministerial Statements on Trade, Environment, and Sustainable Development at the WTO

You can view the video of the launch of the three ministerial statements on trade, environment, and sustainable development at the WTO.

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