The purpose of the session was to spur forward-looking discussion on what governments can do at the multilateral level to ensure trade and trade policies advance progress on shared environmental goals, the SDGs, and a green recovery. In particular, what specific environment deliverables could governments pursue at the 12th WTO Ministerial Conference?
The session addressed the following questions
- How could trade policy more proactively support the international community’s efforts to tackle the world’s triple environmental crises – of climate change, pollution and biodiversity loss?
- What can governments do at the multilateral level to ensure trade and trade policies advance progress on shared environmental goals, the SDGs, and a green recovery?
- What are the opportunities in 2021, and what specific environment deliverables should governments pursue for the 12th WTO Ministerial Conference?
- How can stakeholders support ambitious cooperation on environment and the SDGs in the multilateral trade setting?
- Joyce MSUYA, Deputy Executive Director, UNEP
- Jean-Marie PAUGAM, Deputy Director-General, World Trade Organization (WTO)
- H.E. Mr. Stephen DE BOER, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Canada to the WTO
- H.E. Mr. José VALENCIA, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Ecuador to the WTO
- Carolyn DEERE BIRKBECK, Director, TESS
TESS, in collaboration with the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), held a joint session on “Trade and environment at MC12: How can work at the WTO support a green and fair global economy?”
Trade and Environment at MC12
You can view this video of a working session on trade and environment at the WTO co-convened by the WTO, UNEP, and TESS at the 2021 WTO Public Forum.