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International trade cooperation to address plastic pollution: Options and pathways to enhance environmental outcomes

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The Forum on Trade, Environment and the SDGs (TESS), The Pew Charitable Trusts, Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL), International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and International Institute of Sustainable Development (IISD) invite you to a hybrid session on “International trade co-operation to address plastic pollution: Options and pathways to enhance environmental outcomes” at 17:30-18:45 CEST on 29 September 2022 during the WTO Public Forum 2022 (27-30 September 2022) at the World Trade Organization, Room S1, Geneva, Switzerland and on-line.

The session will explore concrete ways in which international co-operation on trade could support efforts to reduce plastic pollution. Panelists will address the relevance of trade and trade-policy in the fight against plastic pollution, address specific ways in which co-operation around trade can make a difference in reducing plastic pollution, and identify concrete options and pathways for pursuing such co-operation, including in the context of ongoing work within the WTO’s Dialogue on Plastic Pollution. Discussion will also cover possible synergies between negotiations for a new internationally binding global instrument to address plastic pollution, and the implementation of the Basel Convention’s Plastic Waste Amendments, and work at the WTO.

Speakers:

  • Ernesto Fernandez MONGE, Senior Policy Advisor, International Institute of Sustainable Development (IISD)
  • Helionor DE ANZIZU, Attorney, Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL)
  • Janaka DE SILVA, Senior Programme Coordinator, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
  •  Mahesh SUGATHAN, Senior Policy Advisor, Forum on Trade, Environment and the SDGs (TESS)

Moderator: Ieva BARŠAUSKAITĖ, Senior Policy Advisor, International Institute of Sustainable Development. 

Please note that the last date to register for the WTO Public Forum 2022 is 7 September 2022. For more information on the WTO Public Forum 2022, please click here.

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