Stepping beyond the immediate issues related to the UK’s trade negotiations, this consultation aims to draw together a group of UK-based experts, advocates and stakeholders for an informal exchange on three of the big strategic questions facing those working for a more sustainable trade agenda at the international level:
1. How do trade agreements need updating to better support environmentally sustainable production? What specific improvements in trade rules could yield the greatest impact?
2. Which existing rules and efforts - national, bilateral, regional, plurilateral and multilateral - are the most promising building blocks for further improvements?
3. Where are the political prospects for success greatest and what kind of alliances would these require? How could sustainable trade agendas more effectively incentivize, support and leverage more environmentally sustainable production in developing countries?
The discussion will focus specifically on the kinds of rules that are needed and ideas on other ways to advance progress toward more sustainable production in trade, such as market-based initiatives, trade governance mechanisms beyond formal changes to rules, and non-trade international policy processes (e.g., MEAS, SDGs, climate negotiations, etc).