Advancing Green Trade Against the Backdrop of the Euro Crisis
A key challenge for the international trade agenda is how to liberalize green trade without stifling growth. As the eurozone crisis continues, European leaders must find the best way to move this agenda forward without adversely affecting economic recovery. European Union trade ministers will meet in late May to discuss the options for tackling these challenges at the international level, including reducing tariff and non-tariff barriers to green goods and services.
On April 26, Global Economy and Development at Brookings hosted a discussion on the possibilities for cooperation between the EU, U.S. and the business sector for green trade liberalization. Danish Minister of Trade Pia Olsen Dyhr delivered keynote remarks, followed by a panel discussion with Jennifer Hillman, senior transatlantic fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States and Brookings Fellow Joshua Meltzer. Brookings Vice President Kemal Derviş introduced the event and Brookings Senior Fellow Katherine Sierra will moderate the discussion.
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Brookings Senior Fellow and former U.S. State Department Special Envoy on Climate Todd Stern spoke at the US Climate Action Center, at the COP 24 UN climate negotiations, on the future of the Paris Agreement in Katowice, Poland on December 10, 2018.
[On the U.S. negotiating team at the COP 24 climate negotiations in Katowice, Poland] They work seriously, effectively and knowledgeably. There is only this technical negotiating team, not a political one.
[On the role of the United States in the U.N. climate negotiations at COP 24 in Katowice, Poland] You cannot underestimate the negative impact of the U.S. being on the sidelines. With Obama, the U.S. had credibility. We brought China along. We moved a lot of countries out of their comfort zones. That’s all missing now.