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The Committee on Trade and Environment (‘regular’ CTE)

The 1994 Ministerial Decision on Trade and Environment created the WTO’s Committee on Trade and Environment (CTE), which is open to the entire WTO membership, with some international organizations as observers. The committee’s mandate is broad, and it has contributed to identifying and understanding the relationship between trade and the environment in order to promote sustainable development.

Click for Doha Development Agenda gatewaySee also:
Trade and Environment Committee “special sessions” (negotiations)
Negotiations, implementation and development: the Doha agenda
Hong Kong Ministerial Declaration

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The CTE’s 1994 work programme
The work programme covers a range of relevant issues, from trade and the environment in general, liberalization and trade barriers, and taxes, to individual sectors such as services and intellectual property, and relations with environmental organizations.


The Doha mandate
The 2001 Doha Declaration has a section dealing with the committee’s regular work. The focus is on effects of environmental measures on market access, the relevant provisions of the intellectual property agreement, labelling requirements for environmental purposes, technical assistance, sharing expertise for national environmental reviews and environmental aspects of the Doha negotiations.


Recent discussions



List of documents of the CTE work can be found here.

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CTE documents use the code WT/CTE/* (where * takes additional values)
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help with downloading these documents

  • Annual reports of the committee to the General Council (Document code varies)    > search
  • Minutes of the meetings of the CTE (Document code WT/CTE/M/*)    > search
  • List of working documents by items of the work programme (Document code WT/CTE/INF/*)    > search
  • Working documents of the CTE (Document code WT/CTE/W/*)
       > search

You can perform more sophisticated searches from the Documents Online search facility (opens in new window) by defining multiple search criteria such as document symbol (i.e. code number), full text search or document date.

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