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58/00: World Trade & Environment
Do we need new Regulations and Institutions?

International Conference, October 11 to 13, 2000
In collaboration with: United Nations Environment Programme
and Stiftung für Entwicklung und Frieden

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Globally seen, much of the environmental damage is due to the dynamic increase of economic activity. International trade constitutes a relevant portion, which is even growing, of that growth of scale, making it increasingly important as a driving force of environmental change. - And, as economic globalisation proceeds and the planetary impacts of many environmental problems become more and more evident, there is bound to be friction between the multilateral systems of law governing both.

Trade law is embodied in regional trade agreements and in the World Trade Organisation (WTO); environmental law is embodied as national and subnational regulations, in regional agreements, and in various multilateral environmental agreements - many of them relying on trade measures as well. Against this complex background, to prevent the rise of fundamental conflicts, especially with regard to vital needs and interests of developing countries, questions like the following need urgently to be answered:

"The need to ensure that trade and environment policies are mutually supportive is more pressing today than ever before. However, successful integration of these policies can only be achieved through a constructive dialogue based on far broader awareness and understanding of the complex interlinkages between trade and our environment", says Dr. Klaus Töpfer, the Executive Director of UNEP.

Dr. Andreas Dally, Director of Studies
Dr. Burkhard Könitzer, Managing Director, Development and Peace Foundation (SEF)

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Wednesday, October 11, 2000

Words of Welcome
Dr. Andreas Dally, Loccum Academy
Dr. Burkhard Könitzer, Managing Director, Development and Peace Foundation (SEF), Bonn

World Development & Environment:
What is new about Globalisation and how are Common Goods to be protected?
Prof. Paul P. Streeten, Editor, World Development, Spencertown N.Y.

Why does World Trade need Environmental Regulation?
Prof. Klaus Töpfer, Executive Director, UNEP - United Nations Environment Programme, Nairobi
inaugural statement, commented by
Dr. Reinhard Loske, MdB Bündnis90/Die Grünen, German Bundestag, Berlin

Thursday, October 12, 2000

Is Trade better than Aid?
Dr. Carsten Helm, Faculty of Economics, University of Magdeburg, Germany
introducing remarks, commented by
Pradeep S. Mehta, Secretary General, CUTS - Consumer Unity & Trust Society, Jaipur, India
Ricardo Meléndez Ortiz, Director, ICTSD - International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development, Geneva
Peter Fuchs, WEED - World Economy, Ecology & Development, Bonn

Trade and Multilateral Environmental Agreements: Challenges to the WTO
Charles Arden-Clarke, UNEP, Economics & Trade Unit, Geneva
introducing overview, commented by
Beatrice Chaytor, Senior Lawyer, FIELD - Foundation for International Environmental Law and Development, London
James Currie, General Director, European Commission, GD Environment, Bruxelles
Cornelia Quennet-Thielen, Federal Ministry for the Environment, Berlin
Dr. Christine von Weizsäcker, Protestant Churches of Germany, Bonn
Jan-Eirik Sørensen, WTO - World Trade Organisation, Trade & Environment Division, Geneva
open panel discussion; further identification of crucial issues for debate

Press Conference:   more >
with Prof. Klaus Töpfer and representatives of participating institutions and organisations

International Trade and Environment: Crucial issues under debate
consultations in small groups, constituted around the speakers of the previous sessions and on spontaneous initiatives by participants of the conference

Toward a Common Statement:
- background and intentions
- introduction & critical revision of a draft
- evaluation of the achieved status and perspectives of its further development
introduced by
Mark Halle, Director, IISD - International Institute for Sustainable Development, Trade and Investment Programme, Geneva
Kristina Steenbock, Head, Business & Trade Department, Greenpeace, Berlin

Friday, October 13, 2000

Global Environmental Politics: Do We Need New Regulations and Institutions?
Prof. Udo E. Simonis, WZB - Science Centre Berlin; Member of the UN Committee for Development Policy
in a fish-bowl discussion with:
Charles Arden-Clarke, UNEP, Geneva
Bernard Kuiten, External Relations Division, WTO - World Trade Organisation, Geneva
Dr. Martin Rocholl, Political Director, Friends of the Earth Europe, Bruxelles
René Vossenaar, Chief, Trade and Environment Unit, UNCTAD - United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, Geneva
Michael Windfuhr, Germanwatch/FIAN-Food First Information and Action Network, Heidelberg, Germany

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