Making trade work for the environment, prosperity and resilience

International trade offers unique opportunities to help tackle mounting environmental challenges while fostering economic and social prosperity. This new co-publication by the World Trade Organization and UN Environment illustrates how trade can support action by governments, companies, innovators and consumers to improve economies and protect the environment at the same time.

The publication highlights the need for coordinated action, along with fit-for-purpose policies and institutions, to expand the contribution of trade for a better and more resilient environment. It illustrates how the WTO and UN Environment are working together to support countries in identifying opportunities to use trade proactively to promote sustainability and prosperity, and to strengthen international co-operation to deliver benefits for all.

In a joint foreword to the publication, WTO Director-General Roberto Azevêdo and UN Environment Executive Director and Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations Erik Solheim say: "Our aim is to shine a light on opportunities to bring trade and environment closer together, and to highlight the importance of close collaboration between governments, entrepreneurs, investors, scientists, environmental activists and civil society at large. In this way, we hope to strengthen the contribution of our two organizations towards the sustainable, resilient and prosperous world we all want."

Co-published by the WTO and UN Environment in 2018.

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