Conference

IISD at the WTO's Trade and Environment Week: A Stakeholder Perspective on Trade, Environment, and Sustainable Development

The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) is actively involved throughout the World Trade Organization's Trade and Environment Week, scheduled from November 16 to November 20, 2020.
November 16, 2020 10:00 am - November 20, 2020 6:00 pm CET

(Open to public)

IISD at the WTO's Trade and Environment Week

 

IISD is excited to be participating in the World Trade Organization's (WTO) Trade and Environment Week, a fully virtual event featuring sessions that span topics ranging from fossil fuel subsidy reform to tackling plastic waste.

Along with organizing and participating in some of the week's sessions, we will also be publishing daily reporting and analysis through IISD's SDG Knowledge Hub. For an e-mail newsletter featuring our trade and sustainability reporting, please subscribe here.

Monday, November 16: A Stakeholder Perspective on Trade, Environment, and Sustainable Development

This stakeholder dialogue was held by IISD during the WTO's Trade and Environment Week and featured an in-depth discussion on some of the key issues at the heart of the trade, environment, and development nexus.

This virtual session was held on Monday, November 16, 2020, at 5 PM CET (Geneva time). Bringing together speakers from civil society and the WTO membership, this dialogue considered some of the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead in these policy areas, as well as how to foster further collaboration across the various stakeholders operating in this space.

Speakers included:

  • Ambassador Chad Blackman of Barbados, Chair of the WTO's Committee on Trade and Environment
  • Nathalie Bernasconi-Osterwalder, Executive Director, IISD Europe
  • Peter Wooders, Senior Director, Energy, IISD
  • Rashid Kaukab, Executive Director, CUTS International Geneva
  • Isabel Jarrett, Manager, Reducing Harmful Fisheries Subsidies, the Pew Charitable Trusts
  • Carolyn Deere Birkbeck, Senior Researcher, Global Governance Centre, the Graduate Institute

The event moderator was Soledad Leal Campos, Senior Policy Advisor, IISD.

Watch the full recording of the virtual session

 

Tuesday, November 17: IISD at the Launch of the Structured Discussions on Trade and Environmental Sustainability

A group of WTO members announced the launch of "structured discussions" on trade and environmental sustainability, looking at how to complement and support existing work in this area at the organization. Peter Wooders, Senior Director, Energy, IISD, was part of the panel discussion organized for the launch.

Further details about IISD's participation in other events throughout the week will be available in due course.