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28 Jan 2021 / 3 min read

An International Trade Policy Agenda for Environmental Sustainability

Chatham House / Online / 28 January 2021, 09:00–11:30 GMT


In 2021, the UK is developing its independent trade policy and strategies to deliver an ambitious economic transition towards a low carbon economy. On the international stage, the UK has leadership roles as host of the COP26 on climate and of the G7. 2021 provides a timely and critical opening for UK leadership on a positive vision and agenda for international trade policy that builds more resilient and sustainable economies across the globe.

This event explored the opportunities in 2021 to develop a forward-looking international trade agenda on environmental sustainability. Speakers identified opportunities for the UK to foster a new generation of trade agreements and partnerships in key international processes and organizations that could support the international community’s environmental sustainability goals and development commitments.


Opening remarks

Bernice Lee, Hoffmann Distinguished Fellow for Sustainability, Chatham House

Tanya Steele, CEO, WWF UK


Minette Batters, President, National Farmers Union (NFU)

James Cameron, Senior Advisor, Pollination and Executive Fellow, Yale University

Pamela Coke-Hamilton, Executive Director, International Trade Centre (ITC)

Rt Hon Greg Hands MP, Minister of State for Trade Policy, Department for International Trade (DIT)

Rachel Kyte, Dean, The Fletcher School at Tufts University

Michael Liebreich, Official Advisor, UK Board of Trade and Chairman and CEO, Liebreich Associates

Sara Pantuliano, Chief Executive, Overseas Development Institute

Chris Southworth, Secretary General, UK International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)

Shaun Spiers, Executive Director, Green Alliance

Kevin Watkins, Chief Executive, Save the Children UK


Carolyn Deere Birkbeck, Senior Researcher, Graduate Institute’s Global Governance Centre and Associate Fellow, Chatham House’s Hoffmann Centre for Sustainable Resource Economy

Angela Francis, Chief Advisor, WWF UK

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