Informal meeting of developing countries on trade, environment & sustainable development

The Forum on Trade, Environment and the SDGs (TESS) hosted an informal discussions among developing country delegates on topics at the intersection of trade, environment and sustainable development in the WTO context at the Graduate Institute in Geneva.

These discussions were an outcome of an informal meeting held meeting in early February 2022, where a number of developing country delegates shared ideas on priorities for 2022 on environment, trade and sustainable development in the multilateral setting. The participants agreed that a regular series of informal meetings with a thematic focus would be of value to developing country delegations. This current invitation includes a number of further delegates that have expressed an interest in engagement on these topics.

The discussions held on 9 and 22 March were on the specific themes/topics noted below, which were noted as relevant to upcoming IDP and TESSD meetings, and as having cross-cutting relevance to discussions in the context of the Committee on Trade and Environment (CTE) and a range of other regular bodies at the WTO.

  • March 9: Climate and trade; Access to environmental technologies; Circular economy
  • March 22: Environmental goods and services; Environmentally harmful subsidies; Sustainable agriculture
  • 27 April: Sustainable agriculture, and upcoming CTE, IDP and TESSD meetings at the WTO

The invitation to these discussions were shared with a diversity of delegates from developing country Members that had expressed interests in following discussions on these topics at the WTO, irrespective of whether or not they are cosponsors of the FFSR, IDP or the TESSD initiatives. The discussions took place off-the-record in line with the Chatham House rule.


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