The work of TESS focuses on the intersection of trade policies and the following six themes at the nexus of trade, environment and sustainable development:

  • Climate change mitigation and adaptation

  • Circular economy, sustainable consumption and production

  • Plastic pollution

  • Sustainable agriculture, natural resources and biodiversity loss

  • Green aid for trade and trade finance

  • Trade in environmental goods and services

Cross-cutting areas of work for TESS will include green trade classifications; international sustainability standards; sustainable and resilient supply chains; and implementation of trade provisions in multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs).

Across its activities, TESS will work to address linkages between environmental topics; the importance of the social and economic dimensions of sustainability; and the relevance of the environment and trade agenda to intersecting priorities, such as public health. 

The activities of TESS will focus primarily on multilateral and global-level agenda setting processes, while seeking to support, inform and learn from work underway through regional and bilateral processes.

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