A Positive Agenda for Trade, Climate and Development Goals
2 December 2023 – 12:00-13:00 – Trade House Pavilion
TESS Executive Director Carolyn Deere Birkbeck will be a speaker at this leaders conversation hosted by UNCTAD. The event will explore the foundations of a pro-development agenda for trade and climate, looking at the development considerations of nascent efforts on trade and climate, the risks of ignoring development priorities in building cooperation around trade and climate, and key principles for climate-resilient development.
The Climate Impact of Plastic Production – The Road to a Global Plastics Treaty
3 December 2023 – 10:00-11:00 – Rwanda Pavilion
This high-level session, co-sponsored by the Government of Rwanda, through the Rwanda Environment Management Authority, and the French Ministry of Ecological Transition, with implementing partners TESS and EIA, will seek to connect the dots between the plastics and climate crises. Carolyn will moderate a discussion among ministers and leading players in the plastics treaty negotiations on how reducing primary plastic polymer production and eliminating high risk plastics can generate co-benefits for the Paris Agreement and plastics treaty goals.
A Contribution to the Global Climate Agenda - Perspectives From the Global Climate Community on Priorities for Cooperation by Trade Ministers
3 December 2023 – 12:00-13:15 – Ecuador Pavilion
This roundtable meeting, co-sponsored by the co-leads of the Coalition of Trade Ministers on Climate – Ecuador, the European Union, Kenya, and New Zealand – and TESS, will foster a conversation with relevant stakeholders on ways that cooperation on trade can promote on-the-ground climate action, transitions, and resilient development.
Expanding South-South Trade in Low Carbon Technologies for Development and Resilience
3 December 2023 – 13:30-14:30 – Trade House Pavilion
This leaders conversation, hosted by UNCTAD with partners IRENA, South Centre, and TESS, will examine how South-South trade, and more specifically the Global System of Trade Preferences among Developing countries (GSTP), can be harnessed to reap commercial and development benefits from the energy transition in low and zero carbon technologies. The speakers will explore how preferential South-South trade on these technologies can support national determine contributions implementation by developing countries while creating new investment, production, trade, and transfer of technology opportunities.
The Future of Trade in a Net Zero World
3 December 2023 – 16:30-17:30 – Trade House Pavilion
Carolyn will moderate this report launchpad hosted by the WTO with partners European Climate Foundation. The speakers will discuss the findings of the Future of Trade in a Net Zero World report and discuss strategic options with the potential to drive taxation and finance reform, value creation in clean energy supply chains, corporate responsibility, and new trade rules underpinning climate action.
Connecting Climate Mitigation to Depolluting Oceans Through Concrete Solutions in the Pacific Islands
4 December 2023 – 09:00-09:50 – Moana Blue Pacific Pavilion
At this high-level event, hosted by the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam, and Stockholm Conventions, Carolyn will moderate a discussion on how the Pacific Islands strive towards achieving sustainable waste management, control of flows of plastic wastes, and reductions of greenhouse gases emissions.
Climate Transition for SIDS, LLDCs and LDCs – Role of Trade & Small Business
4 December 2023 – 16:30-17:30 – Trade House Pavilion
This stakeholders’ dialogue, hosted by ITC with partners UN-OHRLLS and the Caribbean Development Bank, will explore the importance and enabling conditions of small business climate action in SIDS, LLDCs and LDCs in the context of climate and financial justice. Carolyn will moderate as voices from SIDS, LLDCs, and LDCs, United Nations agencies, and key stakeholders explore the role and recommendations for access to climate finance for small business and marginalized communities as well as sustainable and innovative business models and enabling policy conditions.
Mitigating Climate Change with Trade-Related Regulations
5 December 2023 – 13:30-14:30 – Trade House Pavilion
This stakeholders’ dialogue, hosted by UNCTAD with partners WTO, IISD, and TESS, will launch recent WTO and UNCTAD publications on trade and climate change that focus on technical regulations and discuss their potential as a tool to mitigate climate change. The speakers will explore how trade regulations can play an important role in supporting the transition towards a low-carbon economy. Carolyn will speak on the findings of a recent report of an international legal experts group, published by TESS, on principles of international law relevant for consideration by policymakers in the design and implementation of trade-related climate measures and policies.