WTO Members Hope To Move Climate Issues Center Stage

Law360 (November 17, 2020, 8:10 PM EST) -- Several countries mobilized to make environmental issues a higher priority at the World Trade Organization on Tuesday, seeding the ground for new engagement in Geneva as governments around the world eye new proposals to tackle climate change.

Led by the European Union, Canada and Japan, nearly two dozen WTO members issued a joint communication vowing to intensify their work on climate matters, including through "structured discussions" beginning next year.

"We encourage all WTO Members to join our open effort to enhance environmental sustainability in international trade and actively participate in this work," wrote the joint statement, which was not signed by...

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