The Covid-19 crisis has revealed countries’ vulnerability to global shocks, and the necessity to prioritize non-trade issues. These exceptional circumstances have prompted a reflection on the relationship between trade and fundamental non-trade interests & objectives. One of the biggest looming shocks is climate change.
The WTO and its Members could build on this momentum to elevate climate change on the trade agenda and rethink the relationship between trade and climate change.
Trade experts have already made the case for a WTO “climate waiver”. This roundtable session proposes to revive the debate and explore the question further. More generally, panellists will review the current WTO approach to trade & climate change and identify shortcomings in pursuing sustainable development goals. They will discuss possible reforms of WTO rules and explore ways forward.
- James Bacchus, Director of the Center for Global Economic & Environmental Opportunity, University of Central Florida, Former Member of the U.S. House of Representatives ;
- Jean-Marie Paugam, Permanent Representative of France to the WTO;
- Tracey Epps, Trade Consultant at Chapman Tripp (Wellington, New-Zealand);
- Emily Rees, Senior Fellow at ECIPE and Managing Director at Trade Strategies.
Moderated by Stéphanie Noël, Trade Lawyer, S.Noël Law Office