In June 2008, IISD collaborated with the Government of Denmark, the German Marshall Fund and the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development to convene a major seminar on trade and climate change in Copenhagen. The event's background papers have been revised and finalized, and constitute excellent brief surveys of the key issues in each of the six areas covered:
The event's summary remarks are also available, as is a comprehensive report (PDF - 700 kb) that covers all the themes from this meeting. Support for this event came from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Government of Denmark and the German Marshall Fund.
Since 1999, the IISD has explored the linkages between trade and climate change. Our work continues to focus on defining areas of linkage: identifying ways in which trade policy might effectively support the objectives of addressing climate change and identifying areas of potential conflict between the objectives of the two regimes.
In the summer of 2008, the IISD began co-ordinating a two-year collaborative effort of research and analysis to deepen our understanding of six key areas of trade and climate change linkages:
This research, which follows on the groundbreaking trade ministerial meeting on the margins of UNFCCC COP-13 in Indonesia (December 2007), will provide a solid platform for informed policy-making, most immediately in the lead- up to COP-15 in Copenhagen in 2009. As part of the project, IISD and the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development will be co-ordinating a series of regional workshops in developing countries in April of 2009 to identify key developing country concerns and positions in the trade and climate change agenda.
Generous support for the project has been provided by the governments of Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland.
Bali to Copenhagen Project
An 18-month program of research, analysis and networking on the issues of trade and climate change, covering border carbon adjustment, subsidies, investment, intellectual property rights and liberalization of low-carbon goods and services.
Copenhagen Meeting on Trade and Climate Change
Extensive background and summary materials from a June 2008 meeting in Copenhagen, designed to further the understanding of trade and climate change linkages.
Bali Trade Ministerial on Trade and Climate Change
Materials from the pioneering Bali meeting of trade ministers on the margins of UNFCCC's COP-13 in December 2007.
Outside Trade and Climate Change Work
A collection of various publications released outside of IISD, and therefore not available in the IISD Publications Database.
For more information on IISD's work in this area, please contact Aaron Cosbey.