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

  • Climate change mitigation and adaptation
  • Sustainable agriculture, biodiversity loss, and natural resources
  • Plastic pollution
  • Sustainable production and consumption, circular economy
  • Trade in environmental goods and services
  • Aid for trade, trade finance, and sustainability
  • Trade and environmental technology transfer

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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