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Trade and Sustainability Hub 2022

IISD’s second Trade and Sustainability Hub reconvened our community of stakeholders alongside the WTO’s 12th Ministerial Conference to discuss how trade policy can contribute to sustainable development.
June 13, 2022 12:00 pm - June 15, 2022 3:00 pm CEST

(Open to public)

As World Trade Organization (WTO) members gathered in Geneva for their 12th Ministerial Conference (MC12), IISD reconvened with our network of trade partners to host our second Trade and Sustainability Hub event.

This 3-day event, hosted in partnership with CUTS International, Geneva, and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES), continued the conversations started during our inaugural Trade and Sustainability Hub conference last December. We hosted an opening plenary followed by three virtual thematic round tables focused on some of the most pressing trade issues in the runup to MC12 and beyond.

A viewing room was also set up for those interested in following the virtual round tables at our office in Geneva. We offered a space to network with sandwiches, coffee, and snacks each day. In addition, our partners at Queen’s University hosted two sessions for in-person attendees on June 14 discussing the international legal dimensions of Russia's war against Ukraine and the shift to multipurpose trade policy.

Session recordings

View the recordings by clicking on the session titles below.

  Session title Session organizers
Opening plenary Navigating a Perfect Storm at the WTO IISD; CUTS International, Geneva; Paris School of International Affairs; African Union
Round table one How Can WTO Rules Better Prevent and Mitigate Food Crises? IISD; Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy; International Food Policy Research Institute
Partner session International Legal Dimensions of Russia’s War Against Ukraine Queen's University
Round table two Trade in the Race to Preserve the Environment IISD; Forum on Trade, Environment and the SDGs; UN Environment Programme; The Pew Charitable Trusts; Shridath Ramphal Centre at the University of the West Indies; Institute for European Environmental Policy; Council on Energy, Environment and Water
Partner session Toward Multipurpose Trade Policy: How competing narratives about globalization are reshaping international trade cooperation Queen's University; IISD
Round table three Digitalization and E-Commerce: New prospects for tackling inequality? IISD; CUTS International, Geneva


For more details about the event, please visit our virtual event platform.

Conference details

Trade and Sustainability Hub
Focus area