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WTO Trade and Environment Week 2020

Sustainable development and the protection and preservation of the environment are fundamental goals of the WTO. They are enshrined in the WTO's founding document, the Marrakesh Agreement Establishing the WTO.

From 16 to 20 November 2020, the WTO will organize Trade and Environment Week 2020, a global forum to:

  • explore issues at the forefront of the trade and environment agenda;
  • showcase successful experiences on how to make global trade more sustainable, resilient and inclusive; and
  • exchange concrete ideas on the role of trade and the WTO in building back greener and better from the COVID-19 crisis.

Trade and Environment Week 2020 comprises a series of events and workshops led by WTO Members, along with a high-level session co-hosted by the United Nations Environment Programme and the WTO Secretariat. Events throughout the week are held in conjunction with the Committee on Trade and Environment (CTE), whose second meeting of the year will start on 16 November and resume on 20 November 2020.

MONDAY 16 NOVEMBER 2020

10:00-13:00

Meeting of the WTO Committee on Trade and Environment (CTE)

15:00-16:30

WTO-UNEP High Level Event "Environment and Trade for a Sustainable and Inclusive Recovery from COVID-19"

To participate, please register here.

17:00-18:00

A Stakeholder Perspective on Trade, Environment and Sustainable Development
International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)

To participate, please register here.

TUESDAY 17 NOVEMBER 2020

9:30-11:00

Launch of the Structured Discussions on Trade and Environmental Sustainability
Australia, Canada, Costa Rica, European Union, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland and Chinese Taipei

To participate, please register here.

See document WT/CTE/W/249 here.

11:15-12:45

WTO Informal Dialogue on Plastics Pollution and Environmentally Sustainable Plastics Trade
China and Fiji

To participate, please register here.

16:15-17:45

Sustainable Living and International Trade: Achieving mutual supportiveness – Costa Rica’s portrayal of sustainable economic recovery post COVID-19
Costa Rica

To participate, please register here.

WEDNESDAY 18 NOVEMBER 2020

09:15-10:45

Roundtable: Stakeholder Priorities for a Forward-looking WTO Agenda on Environmental Sustainability and Trade
The Geneva Trade Platform, UNEP Environment and Trade Hub, and The Graduate Institute's Global Governance Center

11:00-12:30

Climate Change, Natural Disasters and Recovery Efforts: Tapping into trade facilitation as an effective response tool
Barbados, Newcastle University, Shridath Ramphal Centre, University of the West Indies and the Commonwealth Secretariat

To participate, please register here.

12:45-14:15

Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform as Part of a Green COVID-19 Recovery
New Zealand (on behalf of the signatories to the MC11 Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform declaration)

To participate, please register here.

14:45-16:15

The Global Plastic Action Partnership – Lessons Learned
United Kingdom (in collaboration with the Global Plastic Action Partnership)

To participate, please register here.

16:30-18:00

E-commerce and Climate Change in the COVID-19 Era: A game changer for the green economic recovery?
Canada and France (in partnership with the International Chamber of Commerce)

To participate, please register here.

THURSDAY 19 NOVEMBER 2020

9:30-11:00

Fight Against Plastic Pollution and Role of Trade Policy: A stakeholder’s view
France and the Netherlands

To participate, please register here.

12:00-13:30

The Future of Trade and Environment: Interactions with Geneva's Youth
Barbados and Germany

To participate, please register here.

FRIDAY 20 NOVEMBER 2020

10:00-13:00

Meeting of the WTO Committee on Trade and Environment (CTE)

15:00-18:00

Meeting of the WTO Committee on Trade and Environment (CTE)

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