20 years of building pathways to sustainable development
28 April 2015, WTO Headquarters

The creation of the WTO in 1995 marked a crucial step in the history of multilateral co-operation, helping to open up fresh avenues of dialogue on how trade interacts with the environment and how to ensure that trade and environmental policies work hand in hand.

This event seeks to take stock of discussions on trade and the environment since the establishment of the WTO. It will provide an opportunity to look back at the role of the global trade and environment regimes in helping countries to achieve sustainable development, and to explore how WTO jurisprudence on trade and environment has evolved during the past two decades.





UNEP and WTO Opening Session

The session will feature opening remarks by Mr Roberto Azevêdo, WTO Director-General, and Mr Achim Steiner, Executive Director of UNEP, reflecting on the relationship between trade and environment and the past two decades of work on this interface at UNEP and the WTO.

Opening remarks by Mr Roberto Azevêdo, WTO Director-General

Opening remarks by Mr Achim Steiner, Executive Director of UNEP


  • Mr Adrian Macey, Former Climate Change ambassador and former Chief Trade Negotiator; Senior Associate, Institute for Governance and Policy Studies, Victoria University of Wellington






High-Level Panel on the Global Environment and Trade

Speakers include:

  • Mr John Scanlon, Secretary-General, Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora
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  • H.E. Ms Päivi Kairamo, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Finland to the WTO, former Chair of the Committee on Trade and Environment (CTE)






Expert Panel on the Evolution of Trade and Environment Jurisprudence

Speakers include: 


  • Mr Franz Perrez, Former panel member of the US-Tuna II case, current Ambassador for the Environment of Switzerland





Registration required. Please complete the registration form and send to environment@wto.org.

20th anniversary publication


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