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In a rapidly changing world, how can countries ensure that trade continues to contribute to jobs, growth and sustainable development, particularly in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals under the 2030 Agenda? How can trade and efforts to address environmental problems complement one another in order to contribute towards a sustainable future?

There are important synergies between trade and environment. Shifting to a more sustainable world economy opens up major new business opportunities, estimated at US$12 trillion or more over the next 15 years. A rapidly growing number of companies, large and small, are already tapping into these business opportunities by innovating in sustainable goods, services, technologies and business models. Coherent trade and environmental policies can play an important role in this shift.

On 2 October, UN Environment Programme and the World Trade Organization will co-host a high-level event titled, “Making Trade Work for the Environment, Prosperity and Resilience,” within the context of the WTO’s Public Forum, this year centered on “Trade 2030”.

Hosted by UN Environment Programme Executive Director, Erik Solheim, and World Trade Organization Director-General, Roberto Azevêdo, the dialogue will call for actions from countries, civil society and the private sector to bring trade into closer alignment with a healthier, sustainable, resilient and prosperous world.

The event will feature a high-level segment, multistakeholder discussions on themes such as subsidies and the circular economy, an exhibition and a leadership dialogue. In this context, the two organizations will also launch a new, joint publication under the same theme, providing an analysis of trade’s role in ensuring a healthy environment and in promoting prosperity and resilience.

Ultimately, it aims to demonstrate the need for trade to protect the environment and to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and to catalyze multistakeholder partnerships among sustainable trade champions to improve mutual supportiveness between environment and trade policies.  


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Co-organized with:
The World Trade Organization



UN Environment
Ms. Anja von Moltke, anja.moltke [at] un.org 

World Trade Organization
Mr. Aik Hoe Lim, hoe.lim [at] wto.org



09:15 - 11:15

Opening plenary for the Public Forum, Room CR

  • Erik Solheim, UN Environment
  • Roberto Azevêdo, WTO Director-General
  • Prime Minister Mottley of Barbados
  • David MacLennan, Chairman and CEO of Cargill
  • Laura Behrens Wu, CEO and Co-founder of Shippo
  • Tunde Kehinde, Co-founder Lidya
  • Jack Ma, Founder and CEO Alibaba (tbc)


15:30 - 17:00

Leadership Dialogue: Making Trade Work for the Environment, Prosperity and Resilience, Room CR

  • Erik Solheim, Executive Director UN Environment
  • Roberto Azevêdo, Director-General WTO
  • Monica Juma, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Kenya (tbc)
  • Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, French Minister of Foreign Affairs
  • Kimmo Tilikainen, Environment Minister Finland
  • Bertrand Piccard, Solar Impulse
  • Jérôme Pécresse, CEO GE Renewables
  • Moderator: Pileta Clark, Financial Times


11:30 - 13:00

The circular low-carbon economy: identifying sustainable trade options (Permanent Mission of Finland to the WTO and Permanent Mission of Costa Rica to the WTO), Room W

Blue economy (Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norway), Room S3

Caught in a net – Untangling fisheries subsidies and sustainable development (Pacific Network on Globalization), Room B


14:00 - 15:30 

The role of fossil fuel subsidy reform towards achieving Agenda 2030’s sustainable objectives and its impact on trade (Friends of Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform), Room E

Trade and climate change: can we create a mutually supportive framework? (Permanent Mission of France to the WTO and Permanent Mission of Canada to the WTO), Room D


Sustainability Exhibition: Showcasing innovative green business ventures from around the world, the exhibition provides an opportunity for attendees to learn more about the opportunities available at the trade and environment nexus.