Apr 11

Past Event

Trade, Labor & the Environment: Preview of the IMF/World Bank Meetings


As the protests at the WTO meeting in Seattle showed, two of the most controversial issues on the trade agenda relate to how, if at all, future trade negotiations should take account of differences in environmental and labor standards around the world. Some assert that both issues should be considered in trade negotiations. Others argue that labor and environmental standards are internal matters for individual countries, and should not be enforced in WTO negotiations.

The Brookings Institution and Resources For The Future have assembled a team of experts from both organizations to discuss these issues, in advance of the upcoming IMF/World Bank meetings in Washington and the announced plans for demonstrations related to them.

Event Agenda

  • Moderator

    • Zanny Minton-Beddoes

      Correspondent, The Economist

  • Panelists

    • Gary Burtless

      Senior Fellow, Economic Studies

      The John C. and Nancy D. Whitehead Chair

    • Paul Portney

      Senior Fellow and President, Resources For the Future; Editor of Public Policies For Environmental Protection

    • Robert E. Litan

      Nonresident Senior Fellow, Economic Studies

    • Wallace Oates

      University Fellow, Resources For The Future; Co-author of The Theory Of Environmental Policy


April 11, 2000

10:00 AM - 12:00 AM EDT

The Brookings Institution

Falk Auditorium

1775 Massachusetts Ave., NW


For More Information

Brookings Office of Communications

(202) 797-6105