June 5, 2016
The 14th round of negotiations between certain members of the World Trade Organization (WTO) for an Environmental Goods Agreement (EGA) took place from June 20-24, 2016 in Geneva.
Prior to the round, the trade ministers of 7 EGA participants (Canada as well as Australia, the European Union, Japan, Korea, New Zealand and the United States) met in Paris on June 2, 2016 to discuss progress in the negotiations. They committed to work together with the aim of concluding an ambitious EGA with all participants ahead of the G20 Leader's Summit in September 2016.
During the Geneva round, participants met bilaterally as well as in small groups and intensified their negotiating efforts toward agreeing on a final list of environmental goods.
Bridges Weekly reports that several sources commented on signs of renewed engagement from China, which had previously held back from submitting a revised offer on product coverage.
According to Canadian officials, encouraging progress was made during the week and participants agreed to convene the next round on July 25-29.
The current participants are: Australia, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Chinese Taipei, the European Union, Hong Kong (China), Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland, Singapore, United States, Israel, Turkey and Iceland.