Regional seminars on trade and the environment back to top
The WTO’s regional seminars on trade and the environment are for
developing countries and economies in transition. They have been
organized by the WTO Secretariat since 1998.
The immediate objective is to raise awareness on the linkages between
trade, the environment and sustainable development, to promote greater
dialogue between trade and environment policy makers and to make it
easier for member governments within a region to share their
there is an overriding purpose. The regional workshops aim to strengthen
members’ participation in the WTO’s work on trade and the environment.
The WTO gives particular attention to the topics related to trade and
the environment being negotiated in the Doha Round.
Therefore, all regional workshops include information for participants
on both the regular work of the Trade and Environment Committee and on
the different aspects of the negotiations that are related to trade and
the environment. Programmes are tailored to the interests of each region
and are designed to ensure the participants engage fully.
Other organizations also take part in the seminars so that participants
can benefit from their expertise. Since 1999 the WTO Secretariat
has invited experts from the UN Environment Programme (UNEP),
the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)
and the Secretariats of multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs).
Latest events back to top
WTO Regional Workshop on the Relationship between the Trade
and Environment Regimes for Asia and the Pacific
Programme of the event
Hong Kong, China
Korea, Rep. of
Papua New Guinea
National workshops on trade and the environment back to top
National workshops on trade and
the environment are undertaken in response to requests from member
governments. Programmes of these events are discussed with the
beneficiary government and tailored to respond to specific needs. For
instance, a national workshop was conducted in China in March 2010.
Side-events back to top
Secretariat uses the opportunity of the Conference of the Parties of
relevant MEAs to brief officials about current discussions in the trade
policy area. This is aimed at increasing the coordination between the
trade and environment communities.
policy courses and introductory courses back to top
all the other subjects covered by the WTO, trade and the environment is
routinely included in the trade policy courses and introductory courses
in Geneva, as well as in WTO trade policy courses held regionally around
Technical assistance discussions in the CTE back to top
The importance of technical
assistance and capacity building in the field of trade and environment
to developing countries, in particular the least-developed among them
was recognized in
paragraph 33 of the DDA. Under this item, Members and observer
organizations are to report on trade and environment related technical
assistance and capacity building in the CTE. Delegations, whether as
donors or recipients, have been encouraged to exchange information on