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Energy Subsidies & Trade Events

Financial commitments to achieve universal access to electricity are still falling far short of what is required to meet global energy goals by 2030.
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IISD's Global Subsidies Initiative, the Graduate Institute of Geneva and the Centre for Trade and Economic Integration will be hosting a workshop, "Trade Impacts of Fossil Fuel Subsidies." The workshop will take place in the Villa Barton of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies. The Villa is based in Rue de Lausanne 132, next to the WTO.

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This panel will discuss how reforms in this sector could contribute strongly towards achieving SDG goal 12(c) of Agenda 2030 while reducing at the same time significant trade-related distortive effects.
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This Ministerial Segment will see a number of countries release an official statement (a Ministerial Declaration) urging the WTO to make room for FFSR in their ongoing discussions.
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On September 30, 2013, IISD’s Global Subsidies Initiative organized a workshop on "Bringing Energy Subsidies to the WTO." The aim of the workshop was to discuss the opportunities and challenges in bringing the issue of energy subsidies onto the WTO Agenda.

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The World Trade Organization's Sixth Annual Public Forum will bring together representatives from governments, parliaments, civil society, the business sector and the media to ponder the theme What WTO for the 21st Century? The Forum will feature an opening plenary session, followed by working panels that will address the existing imbalances in the multilateral trading system. Time will be set aside for governments, parliamentarians and civil society to organize their own events on issues of their choice.

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