Christophe Bellmann, Carolyn Deere Birkbeck, Marianne Kettunen, and Mahesh Sugathan
The interface between trade and environmental policies is one of the critical challenges in global economic governance and has been a subject of debate for the last 50 years. The multilateral trading system offers a range of entry points for governments to address the intersection of trade, environment, and sustainable development. By providing a space for multilateral cooperation, the World Trade Organization (WTO) is an important venue for deliberations and action in support of sustainable trade among a broad diversity of members, including developing countries.
This policy brief provides an update on the trade and environment interface from a WTO governance perspective. It presents an overview of the different institutional fora, functions, and processes where this interface is or can be addressed.