“Trade Behind the Headlines” is the motto for this year’s World Trade Organization (WTO) Public Forum in Geneva from 26 to 28 September 2017.

However, when we look behind the headlines of the heated trade policy debate, it becomes apparent that the new trade deals contain a whole range of regulations that go beyond the dismantling of trade barriers. The latest data shows that 85 per cent of all free trade agreements contain environmental clauses. In fact, recently concluded agreements contain over 60 different environmental provisions.

Read in The Current Column of 25 September 2017 by Axel Berger and Clara Brandi on why environmental provisions are more than mere protecitonism!

“Environmental provisions should be used in future trade accords in order to more effectively harmonise trade and environmental protection – not least as a means of contributing to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda.”

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