Ministerial-level engagement is key to building support at home and
internationally for a trade-related contribution to the climate agenda
that is ambitious, fair, coherent, and effective.
This year, the coalition has important opportunities to break down
silos between the trade and climate communities. At COP 28, the
coalition can enhance collaboration among trade, finance, and climate
ministers through a joint meeting with climate ministers and the Finance
Ministers Coalition for Climate Action. The UN Secretary General’s
Climate Summit also offers an opportunity to highlight the importance of
trade and trade policies to the climate agenda and the readiness of a
broad group of trade ministers to contribute positively and collectively
to the climate agenda through enhanced international cooperation.
At the same time, across all of their bilateral, regional, and
multilateral engagements, trade ministers can ensure climate action is a
top agenda item, seeking regular opportunities to deepen trade-related
climate partnerships and support collective efforts with fellow
Coalition members have signalled their interest in learning from a
range of international and regional organizations, relevant
stakeholders, and experts active on the climate-trade policy agenda. The
coalition's co-leads coupled
its inaugural meeting with a stakeholder consultation on the margins of
the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting. The coalition will be well
served by ongoing consultations with organizations and experts leading
climate action and the global climate community on where trade-related cooperation can help.
Some good news: the top leadership of the WTO, the United Nations
Conference on Trade and Development, the International Trade Centre, and
the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change have
signalled their support.