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Second Informal Dialogue on Multilateral Priorities for Trade and Environmental Sustainability

The UN 2030 Agenda underlines the importance of international trade as means of implementation for the SDGs. The climate change, nature loss and pollution crises are highly interlinked, with significant implications for the economies of developing countries, and require a coherent response from the trade community that reflects international commitments to advancing progress on the SDGs.

In 2021, governments have an opportunity to take these priorities forward through the ongoing preparations for UNCTAD XV and the 12th WTO Ministerial Conference (MC12), where a range of developing countries are involved in Member-led initiatives for Ministerial Statements on topics of environmental sustainability.

In this context, an informal dialogue was co-organised by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the International Trade Centre, and hosted by UNEP’s new partnership with the Forum on Trade, Environment and the SDGs (TESS) at the Graduate Institute, Geneva on 21 July 2021 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 CEST.

In line with UNEP and ITC strategies on trade and environmental sustainability, this informal dialogue aimed to support developing countries to exchange views on priorities and discuss pathways forward in regard to these processes in light of their sustainability priorities, challenges and opportunities.

The meeting was chaired by H.E. Chad Blackman, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Barbados to the United Nations Office and other international organizations in Geneva. It was attended by Ambassadors and delegates from 14 countries and representatives from three IGOs.

This informal dialogue was the second in a series of four such discussions, and presents an opportunity for delegations to meet informally to identify and review shared priorities.

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