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Trade and Sustainability Hub 2021

IISD's inaugural Trade and Sustainability Hub was an online event focused on policy issues at the intersection of trade and sustainable development. It took place from December 1-3, 2021. Session recordings are available below.
December 1, 2021 - December 3, 2021

(Open to public)

IISD’s inaugural TRADE + SUSTAINABILITY HUB convened over 50 partners, 150 speakers, and 1800 registered participants from civil society, government, business, and international organizations to discuss how to ensure trade policies contribute to sustainable development.

The three-day event—held from December 1-3, 2021, to coincide with the World Trade Organization's (WTO) Twelfth Ministerial Conference before its postponement—aimed to help develop policy solutions oriented toward advancing a more sustainable trade regime.

Click session titles to watch session recordings.

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

  Session Title (click for recording) Session Organizers
Opening Plenary The Multilateral Trade Regime in Contending Narratives about Economic Globalization International Institute for Sustainable Development, Queen’s University, and Australian National University
Session 2 Greening Small Business, Greening Trade International Trade Centre
Session 3 Will all Services be an Environmental Service in the Future? UK Professional and Business Services Council
Session 4 Exploring the African Continental Free Trade Area and the Resilient Economic Recovery Overseas Development Institute and TULIP Consulting
Session 5 Sustainable Trade in Supporting Global Green Value Chains China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development
Session 6 Role of the G20 in Sustaining and Improving WTO Rules for Sustainable Development Purposes G20 Trade and Investment Research Network
Session 7 Environment Initiatives at the WTO: Regional views on ways forward Forum on Trade, Environment, and the SDGs
Session 8 Promoting Inclusiveness in E-commerce Negotiations Through Capacity Building DiploFoundation, International Trade Centre, and CUTS International, Geneva
Session 9 Natural Disasters, Trade Policy, and Trade Negotiations: Challenges, solutions and resilience building for small island developing states and others Commonwealth Secretariat, Shridath Ramphal Centre at the University of the West Indies, and WTI Advisors
Session 10 Why is “WTO Reform” Still a Work in Progress? European University Institute

Thursday, December 2, 2021

  Session Title (click for recording) Session Organizers
Plenary 2 A WTO Fisheries Subsidies Deal: From conclusion to implementation International Institute for Sustainable Development, The Pew Charitable Trusts, and Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Sweden
Session 11 Plastic Pollution and Trade: WTO, Basel Convention, and a global treaty on plastic pollution Center for International Environmental Law and Forum on Trade, Environment, and the SDGs
Session 12 Industrial Policy in the Age of the Fourth Industrial Revolution South Asia Watch on Trade, Economics, and Environment
Session 13 CISDL Roundtable on Trade and Investment Rules and Sustainability in COVID Recovery Centre for International Sustainable Development Law
Session 14   International Support Measures for the Graduating LDCs: Perspectives from South Asia     Citizen’s Platform for SDGs, Bangladesh, South Asia Watch on Trade, Economics, and Environment, and Centre for Research on Bhutanese Society, Bhutan
Session 15 Aligning Trade and Climate Policy for LDCs and Graduates Overseas Development Institute and International Institute for Environment and Development
Session 16 Humanizing the WTO: Seeking a sustainable, just, and integrative trade agenda Quaker United Nations Office, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, and Africa Trade Programme at LSE Firoz Lalji Institute for Africa
Session 17 Carbon Pricing, the WTO, and CBAM After COP 26: Can we connect the dots? International Institute for Sustainable Development, WTI Advisors, and Climate Capital
Session 18 Action for Better Trade World Economic Forum
Session 19 A Multi-Billion Dollar Opportunity to Reform Farm Subsidies at the World Trade Organization (High-level Panel) International Food Policy Research Institute, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, and International Institute for Sustainable Development
Session 20 Trade in Circularity: Perspectives of developing and transition economies Institute for European Environmental Policy, The Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra, and United Nations Economic Commission for Europe

Friday, December 3, 2021

  Session Title  (click for recording) Session Organizers
Plenary 3 Agriculture in a Post-pandemic World: How can trade, resilience, and inclusivity support food for all? International Institute for Sustainable Development, Food and Agriculture Organization, and CUTS International, Geneva
Session 21 Minimum Environmental Standards at the WTO: A way to avoid a fractured environmental turn of trade policy that disadvantages vulnerable developing countries? UK Research and Innovation Global Challenges Research Fund Trade, Development, and The Environment Hub and TULIP Consulting
Session 22 Resilient and Sustainable Supply Chains: Role of efficient connectivity and trade facilitation measures for food and nutrition security in the BBIN sub-region CUTS International and Indian Institute of Sustainability
Session 23 Advancing the Race to Net Zero: How trade policy can support climate action German Development Institute, University of Sussex, and United Nations Economic Commission for Europe
Session 24 The Future of Special and Differential Treatment for Developing Countries in the WTO Maastricht University and Global Public Policy Institute
Session 25 Sustainability Standards and Smallholder Farmers: Opportunities to address poverty through trade International Institute for Sustainable Development and United Nations Conference on Trade and Development
Session 26 Quantity and Quality: Assessment of sustainability impacts of trade Centre for Development and Environment, University of Berne, and International Institute for Sustainable Development
Session 27 The Role of Trade Policy in Reducing Commodity-driven Deforestation International Institute for Sustainable Development, Centre for Development and Environment, University of Bern, and Foreign and Commonwealth Development Office, United Kingdom
Session 28 Investment Facilitation for Development: Identifying key policy issues for facilitating responsible, inclusive, and resilient investment South Centre
Session 30 How to Ensure a Positive Development Impact of a Future Investment Facilitation for Development Agreement? German Development Institute and International Trade Centre

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