trade and environmental sustainability

Launch Event: Ministerial Statements on Trade, Environment and Sustainable Development

Trade and Environmental Sustainability (TESSD), Plastics Pollution and Environmentally Sustainable Plastics Trade (IDP) and Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform (FFSR)

Geneva, WTO Headquarters

Building on the momentum of the positive work already undertaken under each of the three initiatives to position trade as part of the solution for environmental challenges, this joint event recognizes the important achievements supported by a large diversity of WTO members and provides an opportunity to publicly launch the ministerial statements.

The event opens with a keynote address by WTO Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala. This is followed by the launch of the ministerial statements, with trade ministers representing each initiative providing remarks. The next section is devoted to statements from stakeholders, including heads of various intergovernmental organizations as well as non-governmental organizations and business organisations. Deputy Director‑General Jean‑Marie Paugam provides the closing remarks.


Live Webcast

Keynote Address

  • WTO Director-General Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

Launch of Ministerial Statements

TESSD (WT/MIN(21)/6/Rev.2); IDP (WT/MIN(21)/8/Rev.2); FFSR (WT/MIN(21)/9/Rev.1)

Trade and Environmental Sustainability – TESSD

  • Hon. Andres Valenciano, Minister of Foreign Trade (Costa Rica)
  • Arif Virani, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Trade, Export Promotion, Small Business and Economic Development (Canada)

Plastic Pollution and Environmentally Sustainable Plastics Trade – IDP

  • H.E. Wang Shouwen, Vice-Minister of Commerce  (China)
  • Hon. Julio Jose Prado, Minister for Production, Foreign Trade, Investment and Fisheries (Ecuador)
  • Hon. Dan Tehan, Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment (Australia)

Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform – FFSR

  • Hon. Damien O'Connor, Minister for Trade and Export Growth (New Zealand)
  • Valdis Dombrovskis, Executive Vice-President and Commissioner for Trade (European Union)

Moderator: Dr. Carolyn Deere Birkbeck, Forum on Trade, Environment & the SDGs (TESS)

Perspectives from Stakeholders

  • Inger Andersen, Executive Director, UN Environmental Programme (UNEP)
  • Rebeca Grynspan, Secretary General, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)
  • Mathias Cormann, Secretary-General, Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
  • Pamela Coke-Hamilton, Executive Director, International Trade Center (ITC)
  • Peter Wooders, Senior Director, Energy, International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)
  • Sean Doherty, Head of International Trade & Investment, World Economic Forum (WEF)
  • Crispin Conroy, Geneva Representative, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)
  • Marco Lambertini, Director General, WWF International

Closing Remarks

  • Jean-Marie Paugam, Deputy Director-General,