Environment and trade for a sustainable and inclusive recovery from COVID-19

The COVID-19 crisis has put huge additional strains on the global trading system. How we respond is crucial. Sound environmental frameworks as well as an open, rules-based and transparent world trading system are key ingredients in the economic recovery. Both must contribute to addressing environmental challenges whose economic and social damages could ultimately eclipse those caused by the current pandemic. What opportunities exist to use trade policies as catalysts for a green and sustainable economic transition and recovery? How can we make global supply chains green and more resilient? How can trade better contribute to conservation and the sustainable use of nature? How can we break down silos to ensure that trade plays a full role in building back greener and better? This high-level session, which is organized by WTO and UNEP as part of their collaboration to promote dialogue between the trade and environment communities, will bring together leaders from across the globe to identify concrete actions for sustainable, resilient and inclusive trade.

The event will be held on Zoom. To participate, please register here.

Virtual - 15h00-16h30 CET


Inger Andersen

Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director, UN Environment Programme

Alan Wm. Wolff

Deputy Director-General, WTO

Soraya Hakuziyaremye

Minister of Trade and Industry, Rwanda

Andrea Meza Murillo

Minister of Environment and Energy, Costa Rica

Dame Ellen MacArthur

Founder and Chair of Trustees, Ellen MacArthur Foundation

Jamshyd N. Godrej

Chairman of the Board of Godrej & Boyce Manufacturing Company Limited, India


    Chad Blackman

    Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Barbados to the WTO and Chair of the WTO Committee on Trade and Environment

The event will be held on Zoom. To participate, please register here.



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