Environmental Goods Negotiations

By Sandeep Singh on July 14, 2005
This paper analyzes possible approaches for ensuring a balance in trade gains in the ongoing WTO negotiation on environmental goods. It begins with a realistic assessment of the negotiations under Para 31(iii) of the Doha Ministerial Declaration and touches upon the progress made in the negotiations so far vis-à-vis different Members' positions. It suggests that a combination of Special and Differential Treatment provisions and bringing environmentally preferable products of export interest to developing countries in the ambit of environmental goods, could offer a balanced deal to the developing countries.

IISD acknowledges the generous support of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) in the publication of this paper.

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