International Trade Minister to attend WTO environment ministerial meeting

December 2, 2016 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada

The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of International Trade, will be in Geneva, Switzerland, on December 3 and 4, 2016, to represent Canada at the Ministerial Meeting on the World Trade Organization (WTO) plurilateral environmental goods agreement (EGA).

WTO members will participate in the negotiations on the EGA, an ambitious agreement that will eliminate tariffs on a broad range of environmental goods. The EGA will contribute to global efforts to address environmental challenges, such as greenhouse gas emissions, resource and energy efficiency, and air and water pollution. The EGA stands to help Canadian firms use and develop clean and sustainable technology and processes that can be exported globally.

Negotiations on the EGA were launched in 2014, and 18 rounds of negotiations have been held to date, including the most recent, which took place from November 26 to December 2, 2016.

The 18 EGA participants are Australia, Canada, China, Chinese Taipei, Costa Rica, the European Union, Hong Kong (China), Iceland, Israel, Japan, Liechtenstein, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, South Korea, Switzerland, Turkey and the United States.

For more information, please visit WTO Environmental Goods Agreement.

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