The roundtable brought together Geneva-based agriculture and environment delegates in the WTO from both developed and developing countries with leading experts from think tanks, research centres, stakeholder organizations, and international organizations in an informal and off-the-record setting. The dialogue took place in a “brainstorming mode” and provided an opportunity for in-depth exploration of key trends and policy developments as well as challenges and opportunities for trade-related cooperation around trade and deforestation.
The dialogue was held as part of TESS’s sustainable agriculture and trade roundtable series, which aims at spurring a constructive and inclusive discussion on the trade and sustainable agriculture interface in its various social, environmental, and economic dimension.
Topics for attention included:
- Key developments in the trade and deforestation interface from a social, economic and environmental perspective
- Recent trends in regulations and supply chain initiatives at the national, regional, and international levels that seek to address deforestation and trade
- Challenges faced by developing countries in complying with new requirements and standards dealing with trade and deforestation
- Options for promoting inclusive international cooperation to address the challenges faced by developing countries in relation to deforestation, trade, and sustainability, and to fostering a transition to more sustainable agriculture practices.