Trade and Environment at the WTO

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Developed to assist public understanding of the trade and environment debate in the WTO, this document briefly presents its history and focuses on trade and environment related issues within the Doha mandate, the effects of trade liberalization on the environment, the relationship between multilateral environmental agreements and the WTO, and a review of trade disputes involving environmental issues.



Environment-Related disputes: An overview

Under the GATT, six panel proceedings involving an examination of environmental measures or human health-related measures under Article XX were completed. Of the six reports, three have not been adopted by GATT Contracting Parties. Under the WTO Dispute Settlement Understanding, three such proceedings have been completed. The following provides a factual overview of these disputes.


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