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WTO Public Forum Addresses Conflicts and Coherence between Climate-Change Policies and Trade Rules

1 October 2009: The World Trade Organization (WTO) Public Forum featured a panel on climate change policies and trade rules that looked into whether the interpretation of WTO agreements ensures sufficient policy space to adopt effective climate-change measures.

The panel, organized by the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) and Friends of the Earth Europe (FOEE), examined the challenges and opportunities of the link between climate and trade, and address questions such as: the contribution of the liberalization of energy services to key energy reforms and/or measures to combat climate change; the impact of trade rules on efforts to establish necessary energy sector reforms or measures to combat climate change; and the role of intellectual property rights in measures to combat climate change. [WTO Public Forum programme (audio available) ]