On October 17, 2022, the Friends of Multilateralism Group (FMG) organized an online briefing to discuss Trade and Climate Change. Alejandro Jara, FMG Co-Chair and Former Deputy Director-General of WTO moderated this session.


Aik Hoe Lim, Director of Trade and Environment Division at the WTO; Daniel Esty, Hillhouse Professor at Yale University; and Joel P. Trachtman, Professor at Tufts University shared their insights about current challenges and opportunities of trade and climate change and answered the questions from the participants.  


Nearly 50 participants joined the brainstorming, including members of FMG, Ambassadors/DPRs of WTO members, Directors of WTO divisions, representatives from related international organizations, and experts from renowned think tanks and universities etc.  


Recording of this session can be watched via: https://youtu.be/2CbZ_K3AF0o 



Annex 1: Program


Opening Remarks

Speaker: Xiankun Lu (FMG)



Speaker:  Alejandro Jara (FMG)





Moderator: Alejandro Jara (FMG)

15:05- 15:15

Speaker 1: Daniel Esty (Yale University)

15:15- 15:25

Speaker 2: Joel P. Trachtman (Tufts University)


Speaker 3: Lim Aik Hoe (Trade and Environment Division, WTO)




15:35- 16:30


Moderator: Alejandro Jara (FMG)



Annex 2: List of confirmed participants



Mercedes Araoz (FMG)

Clemens Boonekamp (FMG)

Daniel Crosby (FMG)

Jonathan T. Fried (FMG)

Stuart Harbinson (FMG)

Bernard Hoekman (FMG)

Patrick Low (FMG)

Xiankun Lu (FMG)

Hamid Mamdouh (FMG)

Fernando De Mateo (FMG)

Mia Mikic (FMG)

Mario Matus (FMG)

Jan Yves Remy (FMG)

Sherry Stephenson (FMG)

John Weekes (FMG)


2.WTO Missions

Norway: Petter Ølberg, Ambassador

Denmark: Erik Brøgger RASMUSSEN, Ambassador

Djibouti: Kadra AHMED HASSAN, Ambassador

Cabo Verde: Clara Manuela da Luz DELGADO JESUS, Ambassador

Malawi: Pacharo KAYIRA, DPR

EU: Hiddo Houben, DPR


Turkey: Ayşegül Şahinoğlu Yerdeş, DPR

Netherlands: Marcel VERNOOIJ, DPR

Finland: Anna VITIE, DPR

Cabo Verde: Carla MIRANDA, DPR

EU: Davide GRESPAN, Minister Counsellor

Egypt: Sherif RABIE, First Secretary

Singapore: Ariel Marie Li Jun QUEK, First Secretary

German: Yannik GRÄF, Delegate

3.WTO Secretariat

Werner Zdouc, Director, Knowledge and Information Management, Academic Outreach and WTO Chairs Programme

Maria Pereyra, Senior Counsellor, Legal Affairs Division, WTO

Kuiten Bernard, Senior Counsellor on External Relations, WTO


4.International Organizations

Julia Nielson, OECD

Yuvan Beejadhur, World Bank

Pierre Sauve, World Bank


5.Think Thanks

Hosuk Lee-Makiyama, ECIPE

Peter Van den Bossche, WTI

William Reinsch, CSIS