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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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Monday, December 11 • 11:15am - 12:45pm
Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform and Trade - Understanding the Linkages

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Recent years have witnessed active reform of fossil fuel subsidies at the national level with more than 40 countries capitalising on the opportunity presented by low oil prices. At the same time, G7, G20 and APEC economies have maintained and built on commitments to phase out and undertake peer reviews of fossil fuel subsidies. And yet, in 2015 it was estimated that government subsidies to fossil fuels stood at around USD 425 billion (USD 325 billion consumption subsidies and USD 100 billion to production subsidies).  

New Zealand will lead a Friends of Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform Ministerial level event as part of the TSDS.   The objective of the event will be to share information amongst participants on  fossil fuel subsidies and trade and to promote an open discussion on the issue and following questions:
• What are the links between fossil fuel subsidies and trade?
• How do fossil fuel subsidies hold us back from trade in sustainable energy?
• How have countries delivered and benefitted from reform without harming trade?
• How have countries increased transparency on fossil fuel subsidies at the national and international level?
• What are the options for action on subsidies within the WTO and to encourage reform?

The event will also see the launch of a Ministerial Statement calling for an intensified discussion in the WTO on inefficient fossil fuel subsidies.

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Soledad Aguilar

Director for Climate Change, Min.Environment and Sust.Develop., Argentina
Soledad Aguilar is an expert in international environmental law, she is Argentina’s National Director of Climate Change in the Ministry of Environment and directs the Postgraduate Course in Law and Economics of Climate Change in FLACSO Argentina. She has participated in more than... Read More →

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Alvaro Cedeño

Ambassador to the WTO, Permanent Misison of Costa Rica to the WTO
Álvaro Cedeño Molinari was appointed Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Costa Rica to the WTO on February 2015. Among his responsibilities he holds his country’s representation at the OECD, in Paris, France, during the current process of accession to the membership.Previously... Read More →
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David Laborde

Senior Research Fellow, IFPRI
His research interests include international trade, measurement and modeling of protectionism, multilateral and regional trade liberalization, and as environmental issues such as the impacts of climate change and use of biofuels. Recently, he has been focusing on costing the roadmap... Read More →
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Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne

State Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, France
Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne is the French State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He was born on September 15th 1977, in Bourg-La-Reine, France, and studied at the “Institut d’études politiques” (“Sciences Po”) in Strasbourg, and at “l’ESSEC”. He worked for... Read More →
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Kai Mykkänen

Minister for Foreign Trade and Development of Finland, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland
Kai Mykkänen was appointed Finland's Minister for Foreign Trade and Development in June 2016. He is a Member of Parliament since 2015.Minister Mykkänen is known for his expertise on energy, Russia and the economics. He was the first chairman of the Parliament’s informal and interpartisan... Read More →
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Amy Porges

Principal, Porges Trade Law PLLC
Amy Porges advises companies, governments and trade associations on how to use WTO law, trade agreements and investment rules to solve complex market access problems.  She represents governments and stakeholders in negotiations and litigation in the WTO and free trade agreements... Read More →
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Oscar Stenström

State Secretary to the Minister, EU Affairs and Trade
Oskar Stenström is State Secretary to the Minister for EU Affairs and Trade, Mrs. Ann Linde, at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in Sweden with the responsibility for EU affairs, trade policy, EU single market as well as promotion of trade, investment and Sweden. From 2014 to 2016... Read More →
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Vangelis Vitalis

Deputy Secretary, Trade and Economic Group, Ministry of Foriegn Affairs and Trade
Vangelis is Deputy Secretary Trade and Economic at the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He is New Zealand’s Chief Negotiator for the revised Trans-Pacific Partnership and Special Envoy for the Small Advanced Economies Initiative.He most recently served as New Zealand’s... Read More →
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Peter Wooders

Group Director, Energy, IISD
Based in Geneva, he has 20 years’ experience across the energy sector, with a particular specialization in electricity generation. Peter currently contributes to various IISD’s programmes, including Trade & Climate Change, notably Border Carbon Adjustment and the GHG impacts of... Read More →

Monday December 11, 2017 11:15am - 12:45pm GMT-03
Breakout Room 2 - Sarmiento