The purpose of the regional series is to explore how international cooperation on trade and trade-related policies can support the climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts and priorities of developing countries and foster pathways to climate-resilient sustainable development.
While many discussions are now taking place on trade and climate change in a range of international settings, including at the WTO, most are dominated by concerns, policies, and proposals from more advanced economies. In an effort to spur a more inclusive dialogue, the series supports the bottom-up formulation of developing country priorities on trade, climate change, and sustainable development, including how to advance them at the regional and multilateral levels.
This week, we are releasing the first paper in the series which outlines an African narrative on trade and climate change for the UNFCCC Climate Change Conference (COP27) and beyond, focusing on trade, climate-resilient development in Africa, and a global green new deal. The second and third papers on Latin American perspectives and Caribbean perspectives will be available in the coming weeks. We hope you will find the series useful and look forward to discussion on their findings and recommendations.
TESS is also present this week at COP27, with Director Carolyn Deere Birkbeck moderating two high-level UN system side-events on 10 November: an expert panel on "Accelerating the low-carbon transition through sustainable and inclusive trade" and an event on "How combatting plastic pollution and illegal traffic in plastic waste can help reduce carbon emissions." You can also scroll below for links to recent TESS publications and resources on climate and trade.