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Trade and Sustainability Hub 2022

IISD’s second Trade and Sustainability Hub will reconvene 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 gather in Geneva for their 12th Ministerial Conference (MC12) this June, IISD is reconvening 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), will continue the conversations started during our inaugural Trade and Sustainability Hub conference last December. We will be hosting 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.

Our opening plenary will discuss the role of trade and the multilateral trading system in the face of a “perfect storm” of crises facing the WTO today, including the effects of the pandemic, the food security crisis, rising geopolitical tensions, and the damaging effects of climate change. Our three round tables will focus on:

  • How the WTO can better respond to food crises
  • How trade rules can help in our race to preserve the environment
  • Whether digitalization and e-commerce can offer new prospects for tackling inequality

We will also be fostering an online dialogue about these issues—join the conversation by using and tuning into #TimeToTalkTrade on social media. For Geneva-based colleagues, we will provide a space for you to meet, follow the round tables in screening rooms, and network in person. 

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

Conference details

Trade and Sustainability Hub
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