The event also aims to focus on the WTO's role in promoting shared strategies in supporting sustainable global trade and is a unique opportunity to integrate discussions across various policy areas. It aims to enhance collaboration, effectively respond to present-day challenges and underscore the WTO's contribution to facilitating the development of international trade practices that are environmentally friendly, sustainable and beneficial for all.

A high-level panel organized by the WTO Secretariat titled “Trade for Sustainability” will be held on 13 June. It will include the following speakers: Ecuador's former environment minister Yolanda Kakabadse, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Deputy Director-General Stewart Maginnis, Ambassador Marie Chantal Rwakazina of Rwanda, United Nations Environment Programme director of ecosystems Susan Gardner and WTO Trade and Environment Division Director Aik Hoe Lim. The event will be opened by Ambassador José Valencia of Ecuador, chair of the Committee on Trade and Environment, and moderated by the UN Senior Correspondent Catherine Bokonga-Fiankan.

The full programme for Trade and Environment Week, the live webcast link and registration information for in-person participation is available here.




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