Global Forum on Trade and Climate Change
Paris, France | 9-10 June, 2010
The theme of this year’s OECD Global Forum on Trade is Climate Change. It is an obvious choice. The threat to the world’s ecosystems and resource-dependent industries, notably agriculture, forestry and fishing, posed by climate change is serious. The need for the international community to negotiate a post-2012 regime for addressing emissions of gases that contribute to climate change, is urgent.
Yet the need to provide opportunities for countries to develop through engagement with the world economy is also of critical importance. That means, among other priorities, continuing to reduce barriers to trade among nations.
The 2009 OECD Global Forum on Trade, which is being organized this year with support from the World Bank and the Governments of Sweden and Switzerland, will bring together trade and climate-change policy makers from OECD countries and a number of emerging economies to discuss how to make trade and climate-change policies mutually supportive. Representatives from academia, civil society and key multilateral organisations will also contribute to the discussion. Specifically, the Global Forum on Trade this year will examine several important issues at the interface between trade and climate-change policies: the importance of removing barriers to trade in climate-friendly technologies; the links between trade liberalization, the demand for transport, and emissions of greenhouse gases; carbon accounting and labeling; and subsidies to fossil fuels.
The Global Forum on Trade is the OECD’s main instrument for broad-based dialogue between OECD members and non-member economies on trade policy issues. The Global Forums represent one part of the OECD Framework for Global Relations, and are specifically designed to address issues of global importance that cannot be solved by OECD Members alone. Since 2001 the Global Forum on Trade has been used to examine topics of mutual concern to both sets of countries and to broaden the discussion of national policy developments to include important non-member trading economies.
Information for Participants
Session I: Setting the scene
This session will review the extent of the climate challenge, and provide an introduction to the numerous linkages between trade and climate change.
Session II: How can trade policy support climate-change objectives?
This session will explore the links between trade policy and climate policy, and discuss the ways that the former can support the latter.
Session III: Trade liberalization, transport and climate change
This session will explore the links between trade liberalization, the demand for transport, and emissions of greenhouse gases.
Session IV: Issues in quantification
This session will focus on data and analysis gaps, and show how better statistics and insights from quantitative analysis can improve our understanding of the trade-and-climate change nexus.
Session V: Carbon leakage and competitiveness concerns
This session will consider the issues that fall under the broad heading of “carbon leakage and competitiveness”.
Session VI: Energy subsidies, trade and climate change
This session will explore the extent of subsidies supporting the production and use of fossil fuels, the benefits of subsidy reform, including from a trade perspective, and multilateral options for encouraging reform.
Session VII: Looking forward
This session will consider what lessons can be drawn from the previous two days and how they can be taken forward.
Background documents are simply that: selected documents (or links to articles) undertaken by participants in the Forum that may serve as useful background to discussion. Not all documents will be discussed at the Forum, and not all presentations will be available in advance of the Forum. All views expressed in the documents are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of the OECD or of its Member countries.
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