WTO PUBLIC FORUM 2023
It is time for action
The 2023 Public Forum will explore how trade and the WTO can help create a greener and more sustainable future. In particular, it will delve into how the services sector, digitalisation and inclusive trade policies can support this objective.
Climate change is one of the most critical issues of our time. The global community must take action now to live up to the objectives of the Paris Agreement and keep alive the ambition of limiting global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees. According to the United Nations' Secretary-General, we are headed for a 2.8-degree increase without urgent action. Trade can be one of the solutions in helping the planet get back on track for meeting the ambition of 1.5 degrees. Taking action together can create a more sustainable, green and resilient future!
By embracing inclusive growth and sustainable policies, the world can not only tackle climate change but also address other pressing challenges, such as biodiversity loss, the high cost of living and slow economic growth. International trade plays a vital role here. It can increase the availability and affordability of environmental goods and technologies, align climate policies and accelerate the transition to a global low-carbon economy. This can help countries work towards their national plans to cut emissions and adapt to climate impacts while contributing to the collective goal of tackling global warming head on. It is time for action!
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