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The biennial Trade and Sustainable Development Symposium, organised by the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) and held alongside the WTO ministerial conference for over a decade, is the leading multi-stakeholder platform for intellectual enquiry and dialogue on sustainable development and the global trade and investment system. It acts as an inclusive platform outside of the WTO negotiating setting for sharing ideas, engaging in dialogue, and influencing trade policy negotiations. Drawing in participants from government, business and civil society, the Symposium helps to maintain and elaborate a global vision of sustainable development in trade and investment policymaking.
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Tuesday, December 12 • 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Using the WTO and the Trade System to Discipline Fossil Fuel Subsidies for Climate Mitigation

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A recent IMF study places global fossil fuel subsidies at US$5.3 trillion, or 6.5% of global GDP. Among a range of negative societal effects, such subsidies boost greenhouse gas emissions and further spur climate change, undermining parallel efforts made by the international community. Political developments over the past few years, including in the G20, the G7, the United Nations Agenda 2030 and the Paris Agreement on climate change, show an increasing recognition of the need to put an end to these perverse subsidies. However, it has proven difficult to move from high-level declarations into concrete action. Trade policy, and more precisely the WTO, could play an important role in this regard. This session seeks to shed light on the impact of fossil fuel subsidises on the environment and will discuss if and how the WTO could become equipped to effectively discipline these subsidies. 

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Ingrid Jegou

Senior Associate, ICTSD
Ingrid Sidenvall Jegou is a Senior Associate with the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development, ICTSD. Prior to this, she was Director for Climate, Energy and Natural Resources in ICTSD and served in the senior management team. Ms Sidenvall Jegou holds a Masters... Read More →

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James Bacchus

Senior Counselor, ICTSD
James Bacchus is Senior Counsellor at the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD). He is also Distinguished University Professor of Global Affairs and Director of the Center for Global Economic and Environmental Opportunity at the University of Central... Read More →
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Dr. Susanne Dröge

Senior Fellow, German Institute for International and Security Affairs
Susanne Dröge is a Senior Fellow in the Global Issues Division at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP) in Berlin. Susanne is specialised in energy, climate and international economics and has a long-standing work experience on trade and environment... Read More →
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Michael Ewing-Chow

Professor, National University of Singapore
Prof Michael Ewing-Chow is the WTO Chair at the Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore (NUS). He has a First Class Honours degree in law from NUS and a Masters from Harvard Law School. Michael worked in Allen & Gledhill before joining NUS where he started the first World... Read More →
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Jennifer Hillman

Professor of International Law, Georgetown Law School
Jennifer Hillman is a professor of international law at Georgetown Law School in Washington DC, teaching and writing about international trade, investment and economic law. She has had a distinguished career in public service, having served as a member of the WTO Appellate Body, as... Read More →
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Robert Howse

Lloyd C. Nelson Professor of International Law, New York University School of Law
Robert Howse received his BA in philosophy and political science with high distinction, as well as an LLB with honors, from the University of Toronto, where he was co-editor-in-chief of the Faculty of Law Review. He also holds an LLM from Harvard Law School. Howse has been a visiting... Read More →
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Matias Ignacio Pinto Pimentel

Legal Adviser, Ministry of Finance of Chile
Matias Ignacio Pinto Pimentel is a Chilean lawyer from the Concepcion University School of Law, where he graduates with honors. He also holds a LLM in Environmental Law from the School of Law of the University of Chile. He is currently working as a Legal Advisor in the Green Climate... Read More →
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Hubert René Schillinger

Director, Geneva Office, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung
Former: Coordinator, FES’ Dialogue on Globalization Programme; Country director, FES – Namibia; Country director, FES – South Africa; Country director, FES – Morocco; Project leader, FES – Senegal, FES. Master’s Degree in Economics, University of Konstanz (Germany); Advanced... Read More →

Tuesday December 12, 2017 1:30pm - 3:00pm GMT-03
Breakout Room 1 - Belgrano