CITES and the WTO: Enhancing Cooperation for Sustainable Development

“CITES and the WTO: Enhancing Cooperation for Sustainable Development” illustrates how the relationship between the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and the WTO has evolved into a leading example of how global trade and environmental regimes can support each other and work coherently to achieve shared objectives.

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In a joint foreword to the publication, WTO Director-General Roberto Azevêdo and CITES Secretary-General John E. Scanlon say: “Underpinning the positive evolution of the CITES-WTO relationship is the growing recognition that the well-being of economies, habitats, and societies are inextricably linked. This has led CITES and the WTO to embark on more active forms of cooperation to assist governments in ensuring that trade, environment, and development policies work together for sustainable development. Such cooperation includes periodic institutional and policy dialogues, and joint technical assistance and capacity building activities.”

Co-published by the WTO and CITES in 2015

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