Session 1: Setting the Stage
This session provided an overview of the current state of play in multilateral discussions around environmental goods and services, including recent developments in the context of the Trade and Environmental Sustainability Structured Discussion (TESSD) and the Informal Dialogue on Plastic and Environmentally Sustainable Plastic Trade (IDP).
State of Play of EGS Discussions Under TESSD
- Helga Helland, Counsellor, Permanent Mission of Norway
- Carlos Guevara, First Secretary, Permanent Mission of Ecuador
State of Play of EGS-Related Discussions Under IDP
- Rhys Pogonoski, Second Secretary, Permanent Mission of Australia
State of Play of Multilateral Discussions in the WTO
- Rainer Lanz, Economics Affairs Officer, World Trade Organization (WTO) Secretariat
Open Discussion Among Delegations
Session 2: Lessons from Experiences at the Regional Level to Facilitate Trade and Investment in EGS
This session drew lessons from past initiatives on EGS in the context of RTAs and their role as incubator and laboratory of new ideas and approaches to facilitating trade and investment in EGS. It also reviewed existing experiences and impacts of trade in environmental goods and services.
Lessons Learned from RTAs in Facilitating Trade in EGS
- Christophe Bellmann, Head of Policy Analysis and Strategy, TESS
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Evidence on Trade and Environmental Impact of EGS Efforts to Date
- Clara Brandi, Head of Research Programme, Transformation of Economic and Social Systems, German Development Institute (DIE)
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Benefits of Increased Trade in Environmental Goods and Services, Experiences from the APEC Region
- Carlos Kuriyama, Senior Analyst, Policy Support Unit, APEC Secretariat
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- Ronald Steenblik, Senior Fellow, International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)
- Pierre Sauvé, Trade and Investment Practice, World Bank
Open Discussion among Delegations
Session 3: Sectoral Perspectives and Objective-Based Approaches to EGS
This session took specific environmental challenges affecting WTO Members and particularly developing countries such as clean energy generation, climate change adaptation, plastic pollution and biodiversity conservation. Participants reviewed goods, services and technologies necessary to address them and explored the role of trade and trade policies in facilitating their diffusion and uptake at different stages of relevant value chains.
Session 3a: Fostering Access and Scaling Up of Clean and Renewable Energy
Trade in Renewable Energy Goods, Services and Technologies: Benefits, Key Drivers and Obstacles
- Francesco Pasimeni, Associate Programme Officer, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA):
- Joachim Monkelbaan, Climate Trade Lead World Economic Forum (WEF)
- Veena Jha, CEO, Ikdhvaj Advisers LLP India
- Melaku Desta, Incoming Coordinator, Africa Trade Policy Centre, UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA)
Open Discussion Among Delegations
Session 3b: Climate Adaptation and Economic Resilience in the Face of Natural Disasters
The Role of Trade in Climate Adaptation Technologies, Goods and Services: Key Drivers and Obstacles
- Anne Hammil, Senior Director, Resilience, International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)
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- Chelceé Brathwaite, Researcher, Shridath Ramphal Centre for International Trade Law, Policy and Services, Barbados
- Collin Zhuawu, Economic Advisor, Multilateral Trade, Commonwealth Secretariat
- Rajiv Garg, Regional Manager for Africa and Central Asia, UN Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN), UNFCCC Technology Mechanism
Open discussion among delegations