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WTO members held new talks on environmental trade agreement last month

October 4, 2016

The 16th round of negotiations between certain members of the World Trade Organization (WTO) for an Environmental Goods Agreement (EGA) took place from September 19-23 in Geneva.

Prior to the round, at the G20 Leaders' Summit on September 4-5, 2016 in Hangzhou, China, Leaders from the EGA participants welcomed the progress achieved in the negotiations and reaffirmed the objective to conclude an ambitious, future-oriented EGA by the end of 2016, after finding effective ways to address the core concerns of participants.

Global Affairs Canada reports that, building on the G20 Leaders' communique and the more focused list of products issued by the Chair of the EGA at round 15, participants worked toward narrowing differences on the list of environmental goods and held discussions on the draft text of the EGA.

Canada continued to engage in bilateral and small group discussions with key participants on the list of products in order to advance its priority interests and find ways to address its sensitivities.

The participants agreed to hold the next round of negotiations on October 16-20, 2016.

The current EGA 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.

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