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Global leaders have been increasingly turning inward, supporting more isolationist political powers.
Climate change is becoming a pressing issue that transverses state boundaries.International trade and multilateral efforts are imperative to mitigating, managing, and preventing some of the impacts from this global problem. With the passing of the binding Paris Agreement at COP21, collaborative action is more important than ever.
This meeting is an opportunity for participants to discuss the role the G20 can play in addressing the issues at the intersection of climate action and global economic issues. There will be a lunch roundtable immediately following on the event "G20 and the Evolution of the Global Trade and Investment Regime: From Crisis Management to Vision and Leadership?"
ICTSD would like to thank the KR foundation for their generous support. Participation in this event is invite only.
This event covered the recent WTO Appellate Body ruling in the Russia – Pigs (EU) dispute (DS475).
The trade row was triggered by Russia’s rejection of certain pig and pork imports from the European Union (EU) following the detection of African swine fever (ASF) in four of its member States – Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia, and Poland. ASF is a highly contagious, lethal haemorrhagic disease affecting pigs.
The Appellate Body found that Russia had indeed imposed an EU bloc-wide ban on live pigs, pork, and other pig products. The Appellate Body also clarified the “regionalization” obligations of an importing Member and that of an exporting Member under the WTO Agreement on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (SPS Agreement). The Appellate Body found that Russia failed to adapt its measures to regional conditions as required by the SPS Agreement. The Appellate Body’s findings uphold the bulk of an earlier panel’s conclusions circulated last August.
Following a presentation on the key findings of the Appellate Body, the experts engaged in an exchange of views on the legal and policy implications of the findings, covering international trade relations and regulatory cooperation perspectives.
Agenda (Geneva Time)
12:15 Lunch Reception
12:45 Panel Discussion
Moderator: Robert MCDOUGALL, International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD)
Presentation of the Appellate Body’s findings in Russia – Pigs (EU):
Maria ALCOVER, Advisory Centre on WTO Law (ACWL)
Anait SMBATYAN, WTO Expertise Center (Moscow) Craig VANGRASSTEK, Harvard University Lorenza JACHIA, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)
13:45 Open Discussion
Venue:Room S3, World Trade Organization (WTO),Rue de Lausanne 154, 1202 Geneva.
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[The views and opinions expressed in the event are those of the experts and do not necessarily reflect those of ICTSD and WTIA.]
The European Union’s carbon market has now been in operation for more than a decade with numerous past and on-going reform efforts following its initial roll out.
In November 2015, the European Commission released its “Report on the functioning of the European carbon market” for 2013-14, an annual report mandated by the EU ETS Directive. Alongside this assessment, there has been much discussion of reviewing and revising EU ETS Phase 4, as well as the so-called Winter Package. Two overarching questions frame this conversation: is the system delivering and is the market working.
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