The E15 engages key stakeholders – trade and investment policy makers, business and thought leaders – in policy dialogues in Geneva and around the world to explore and help validate ideas, align interests and strengthen the impetus for change.
Trade and Development Symposium
Advancing Environmental and Labour Priorities Through Trade Agreements
The development and implementation of provisions related to sustainable development has recently emerged as a two-speed process: while limited progress is being observed at the WTO-level, several bilateral and regional trade agreements have been increasingly featuring a wide variety of measures, including regulatory commitments, labour- and environment-related instruments, and cooperation mechanisms. This session sought to explore how sustainability concerns, in particular labour and environmental provisions, are incorporated in regional trade agreements (and mega-regionals) and what benefits and challenges arise from these provisions. Additionally, the session tried to identify suitable provisions that could be multilateralised or at least adapted to further the discussion at the multilateral level (i.e. WTO or other international fora). This session was organised under the RTA Exchange, and was moderated by Gustavo Beliz, Director, Institute for the Integration of Latin America and the Caribbean (INTAL).
The biennial Trade and Sustainable Development Symposium (TSDS), held alongside the WTO ministerial conference for over a decade, is the leading multi-stakeholder platform for intellectual enquiry and dialogue on sustainable development and the global trade and investment system. The TSDS – organised by ICTSD in partnership with the Centro de Implementación de Políticas Públicas para la Equidad y el Crecimiento (CIPPEC), the Inter–American Development Bank (BID), Consejo Argentino para las Relaciones Internacionales (CARI) and Bolsa de Cereales with the support and collaboration of the Ministerio de Producción, Presidencia de la Nación, Argentina – acts as an inclusive platform outside of the WTO negotiating setting for sharing ideas, engaging in dialogue, and influencing trade policy negotiations. Drawing in participants from government, business and civil society, the Symposium helps to maintain and elaborate a global vision of sustainable development in trade and investment policymaking.