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Published: 26 March 2020

How Can Trade Rules Support Environmental Action?

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As governments and businesses grapple with the effects of COVID-19, other global challenges remain. Once the immediate crisis abates, countries must intensify environmental action to tackle climate change, pollution, and biodiversity loss, even while restarting their economies. Trade policy has a vital role to play. This briefing paper by the Global Future Council on International Trade and Investment highlights the links between trade and the environment, summarizes efforts to date and outlines five ways in which trade rules could support environmental action.

As governments and businesses grapple with the effects of COVID-19, other global challenges remain. Once the immediate crisis abates, countries must intensify environmental action to tackle climate change, pollution, and biodiversity loss, even while restarting their economies. Trade policy has a vital role to play. This briefing paper by the Global Future Council on International Trade and Investment highlights the links between trade and the environment, summarizes efforts to date and outlines five ways in which trade rules could support environmental action.

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