International trade - WTO Public Forum (Geneva, 2 October 2018)


Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, Minister of State attached to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, will travel to Geneva on October 2 to take part in the WTO Public Forum which brings together more than 1,500 representatives from civil society, academia, the business world, the media, governments, the parliamentary community and intergovernmental organizations to debate the regulation of world trade and propose solutions to strengthen the multilateral trade system.

He will open the round table organized by France, Canada and the International Chamber of Commerce on compliance with the commitments made under the Paris Climate Agreement by the international trade system, as well as on its contribution to the transition toward a low-carbon economy in line with President Macron’s commitment, reaffirmed during his speech on September 25 at the UN General Assembly, to link our trade commitments to respect for environmental and social constraints. Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne will also reaffirm the France-Canada partnership on the environment and climate signed on April 17, 2018, to implement free-trade that will support climate change objectives.

The minister of state will also take part in a high-level panel with Roberto Azevêdo, WTO Director-General, and Erik Solheim, Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Program, within the framework of the partnership between the two organizations.

The minister of state will meet with the WTO director-general to discuss ways to modernize the organization and its rules proposed by the EU, with France’s full support.