Thursday, March 5, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
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Land Hall B-400, HKS, 79 JFK St., Cambridge

Trade and Sustainability Lunch Seminar

Marianne Kettunnen, Principal Policy Analyst and Head of Programme Global Challenges and SDGs for the Institute for European Environmental Policy, and Shunta Yamaguchi, Policy Analyst in the Environment and Economy Integration Division of the OECD Environment Directorate, will be leading a lunch seminar to explore the impact that sustainability policies in EU and OECD countries have or may have on the developing world. 

Policies from developed countries aimed at promoting sustainability often carry consequences for developing countries, and one of the major channels for that is international trade. In 2019 the European Union launched a “green new deal” policy package to align actions on trade, climate and SDGs. Components of such package are likely to impact competitiveness, such as provisions to stimulate circular economy practices within and across the block.

Echoing developments at the EU level, and answering to longstanding calls for policy coherence, the OECD has been similarly active on work linking trade and environment, with special emphases on regional trade agreements, circular economy, climate change and environmental indicators. Recent modelling work from the OECD has explored climate change impacts on trade, and how trade flexibility could increase climate resilience.

This event is part of a series of pre-events leading to the first Circular Economy Symposium at Harvard on March 6th, 2020. Speakers will be at their personal capacity and not speaking officially on behalf of their institutions. 

Contact Name: 

Nick Van Hollen

Research Areas: 

Harvard University
Center for the Environment

Address: 26 Oxford Street, 4th Floor, Cambridge
Phone: (617) 495-0368

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