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Towards an ambitious climate agenda at the WTO

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17:30 30 Sep 2022 Geneva - WTO headquarters - Room F

The intersection of trade and climate policy is an increasingly topical, but still underdeveloped area. E3G will explore this intersection with an event at the World Trade Organisation’s (WTO) Public Forum 2022. The event will bring together active participants in recent initiatives to discuss how we continue to build momentum towards an ambitious trade and climate agenda.

Around the WTO, a range of initiatives has begun to explore the intersection of trade and climate policy. This includes the Trade and Environmental Sustainability Structured Discussions (TESSD), the Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform agenda, or the Informal Dialogue on Plastics.

Most recently, in the margins of WTO’s MC12, an inclusive group of countries came together to form the Trade Ministers’ Coalition for Climate. This resulted in creating, for the first time, a Ministerial-level forum for discussing trade and climate change.

This E3G event will bring together active participants in these recent initiatives to discuss how we continue to build momentum towards an ambitious trade and climate agenda at the WTO and beyond. What are the immediate next steps to align the global trading system with global climate goals? How can we scale-up efforts to meet the scope and the urgency of the climate crisis?

Speakers

  • Moderator: Jonny Peters – Senior Policy Advisor covering Trade and Climate at E3G.
  • Ignacio García Bercero – Director in charge of Multilateral Affairs, Strategy, Analysis and Evaluation at DG Trade, European Commission.
  • Daniela Garcia Freire – Deputy Permanent Representative at the Mission of Ecuador to the WTO.
  • Charra Tesfaye Terfassa – Senior Associate in Climate and Trade at E3G.
  • Carolyn Deere Birkbeck – The Director of the Forum on Trade, Environment and the SDGs (TESS).

Find more information about this event and the speakers here.

WTO’s Public Forum 2022

The Public Forum is the WTO’s largest annual outreach event. It provides a unique platform for heads of states, parliamentarians, business people, students, academics and civil society to come together and debate a wide range of trade and development topics. Over 1,500 participants attend the Forum each year.

This year’s WTO Public Forum will take place from 27 to 30 September 2022. It will look at how trade can contribute to post-pandemic economic recovery. The Forum will examine, in particular, how trade rules can be strengthened, and government policies improved to create a more resilient, sustainable and inclusive trading system. Read more on the Public Forum 2022.

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