Climate and Energy

Climate Action in the post-Paris COP 21 World: Intersections with International Trade

16 December
17:15 - 18:45


TDS LIVE | Climate Action in the post-Paris COP 21 World: Intersections with International Trade

Session objectives 

MC10 will be organized immediately after the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, UNFCCC, set to deliver a new climate agreement. In the run up to COP21, countries have submitted their plans for climate action, forming the basis for climate action under that new agreement. This bottom-up approach and almost universal participation means that a wide variety of climate policy instruments will be used across the world, many of them with possible trade relevance.
The mega gathering of climate delegates and experts at the COP will happen in parallel with political steps being taken in the trade world towards the liberalization of environmental goods, including many climate-friendly technologies and essential clean energy goods. This refers both to reforms within regional- and bilateral trade agreements and to the Environmental Goods Agreement which has been under negotiation in Geneva since mid-2014. Bringing down trade barriers in climate friendly goods is one of the most concrete, positive contributions which the trade system can do for climate action in the short to medium term, with multiple additional development gains in parallel.
In the light of these developments, and of the many complex interlinkages between trade and climate change, there is scope for deepening the conceptual debate. Even more so, it is crucial to ensure that the global trade system is supportive of and being effectively used for climate action, ultimately contributing to the fulfillment of the recently adopted global sustainable development goals.


  • Executive Director, South Asia Watch on Trade, Economics & Environment
  • Senior Programme Manager of the Global Platform on Climate Change, Trade and Sustainable Energy, ICTSD
  • Senior Fellow, International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development
  • Distinguished Fellow and former President, International Institute for Sustainable Development
  • Ambassador, Permanent Mission of Costa Rica to the WTO
  • Permanent Representative to the WTO, France