Global business calls for substantial progress on a WTO Environmental Goods Agreement by Nairobi Ministerial Conference
1 December 2015 [Singapore] - On behalf of associations representing business from around the world, we urge governments to conclude an ambitious Environmental Goods Agreement (EGA) that will eliminate tariffs on a broad range of environmental goods and technologies under the umbrella of the World Trade Organization (WTO).
Industries across the globe strongly endorse efforts to negotiate an EGA that is commercially significant, negotiated in a timely fashion, implementable and adequately flexible to accommodate and adjust to innovation.
To this end, we call on negotiators to make substantial progress towards an ambitious outcome by the 10th Ministerial Conference of the WTO to be held in Nairobi, Kenya from 15 to 18 December 2015.
We hope the agreement will encourage the inclusion of as many economies as possible, provided that new entrants are supportive of an ambitious result. We applaud Iceland, Israel and Turkey for joining the negotiations this year, and encourage additional economies to consider entering into the agreement as a means to lowering the cost of adopting environmentally-friendly technologies and integrating into global supply chains.
We commend the work of our countries’ negotiators on their progress so far and commit to working with governments around the world to realize substantial progress towards a
comprehensive EGA that promotes economic growth, improves environmental outcomes and advances innovation by the 2015 WTO Ministerial Conference.