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Workshop on Environmental Goods and Services for Developing Country Members 18 February 2010. Marie Isabelle Pellan Counsellor, Trade and Environment Division.
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“31. With a view to enhancing the mutual supportiveness of trade and environment, we agree to negotiations, without prejudging their outcome, on:
(iii) the reduction or, as appropriate, elimination of tariff and non-tariff barriers to environmental goods and services.
“a unique mandate” with both challenges and opportunities...
- improving access to green goods and technologies
- delivering on the trade, environment and development dimensions of the mandate
- overlap with other areas of the DDA
Trade Negotiations Committee (TNC)
Special Session of the Committee on Agriculture
CTE Special Session
Negotiating Group on Market Access
TRIPS Special Session
Negotiating Group on Rules
Special Session of the Council for Trade in Services
Special Session of the Dispute Settlement Body
2002-2005: Individual lists tabled by 9 Members
April 2007: 153-items list by proponents (“potential convergence set”)
July 08: Work Programme
Oct. 09: Revised Work Programme (new timelines)
2005-2007: proposals on alternative approaches (India, Argentina, Brazil)
Call for submissions on identification of EGs of interest and other issues under mandate
Group of Friends
(“potential convergence set”):
Other Members that have contributed with submissions:
Argentina, Brazil, China, Colombia, Cuba, India,Peru, Philippines, Saudi Arabia
Identifying goods (product coverage)
Determining treatment (modalities)
In the context of a list... (Friends)
In the context of requests and offers... (Brazil)
In the context of the integrated approach... (Argentina)
Flexibilities for DgC (S&D)
Tariff cuts “over and above” what will be agreed in NAMA
1- Agree multilaterally on categories of environmental activities to combat climate change;
2- In accordance with categories, identifyclimate change mitigation and adaptation goods that may be used in national projects;
3- Proceed to reduce/eliminate tariff and NTBs with respect to goods required in the context of projects under the Clean Development Mechanism (time bound)
Non-tariff barriers (NTBs)
Transfer of technology / TA
Covered in the next presentation...
Some overlaps with respect to products...