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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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Robert McDougall

ICTSD
Senior Fellow
Geneva
Robert McDougall is a Senior Fellow at ICTSD and an independent international trade law consultant. His main research interests are in the trade law aspects of climate change, inclusive trade, trade facilitation, ecommerce, Brexit as well as formal and informal mechanisms for dispute resolution.Robert spent fifteen years as an international trade lawyer at Global Affairs Canada (formerly Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada), during which time he provided trade law advice and litigated disputes before the WTO. As permanent delegate to the WTO for five years, he was Canada’s representative to the Dispute Settlement Body, to negotiations to improve the dispute settlement system, and in many disputes involving Canada. Previously, as Canada’s permanent delegate to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in Paris, he represented Canada in OECD activities relating to trade, agriculture, science, technology, industry, including major initiatives on innovation, digital economy and green growth.
Monday, December 11
 

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Tuesday, December 12
 

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Wednesday, December 13
 

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