The World Trade Organization and Sustainable Development: An Independent Assessment Summary

By on October 5, 2001
The interlocking of the world's economy and ecology presents difficult but also bold choices. The relationship of trade and sustainable development is perhaps the most significant. We cannot afford the costs of trade derived through resource and environmental degradation. Nor can we ignore the unmet social and economic needs of billions of people.

IISD has focused on the WTO because this new organization is the global bell-wether for action on the linkages of trade, environment and development. It is the meeting place of nations from South and North on the key subject of wealth creation through free trade. But we know there are important differences to be bridged. The period from the Rio Earth Summit to Marrakesh introduced many of the necessary concepts. Since then what has been the action?

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IISD, 2001