UNEP's preparations for the Fourth
WTO Ministerial Conference
Doha, Qatar - 9th - 13th November, 2001
This page contains two new UNEP papers, released
on 5 November 2001, as part of UNEP's preparations for the Fourth
WTO Ministerial Conference, that will open in Doha, Qatar on 9th
The two papers are entitled "Economic Reforms,
Trade Liberalization and the Environment: a Synthesis of UNEP Country
Projects" and "Enhancing Synergies and Mutual Supportiveness
of Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) and the WTO".
These two documents summarise key elements of the
work undertaken over the last two years by UNEP's Economics and
Trade Branch on concrete linkages between trade, environment and development.
"Economic Reforms, Trade Liberalization
and the Environment: a Synthesis of UNEP Country Projects"
This paper summarizes the results of six country projects
involving assessment of the environmental effects of trade liberalization
and other trade-related policies at the national level. The projects
examined the environmental, and related economic and social effects
of these policies in the fisheries, agricultural and forestry sectors.
The projects related to marine fisheries in Argentina and Senegal,
banana production in Ecuador, cotton production in China, cocoa
and rubber production in Nigeria, and forestry in Tanzania. The
projects provide empirical analysis on the relationship between
trade, environment and development policies and objectives, and
have also helped to refine methodologies for the assessment of those
linkages. These six projects build on the results of a first round
of similar projects completed in 1999, and will be followed up with
capacity-building and policy design and implementation activities
in interested countries.
Download (141kb .pdf
"Enhancing Synergies and Mutual Supportiveness
of Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) and the WTO"
The second paper summarizes and synthesizes the results
of a series of five meetings that UNEP has organized since June
1999 on the relationship between MEAs and the WTO. These meetings
have focused on unrealised opportunities to make MEAs and the WTO
Agreements work more effectively together in pursuit of sustainable
development. These meetings and the associated analysis have taken
into account the technical assistance and capacity building needs
of developing countries on this policy interface. A list of concrete
next steps for enhancing synergies between MEAs and the WTO have
been drawn from the results of these meetings. The version downloaded
was updated on January 2002, to take into account developments in
Doha and the preparatory process for the World Summit on Sustainable
Development to be held in Johannesburg, Africa, in August-September
Download (106kb .pdf
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