Chapter 25: Trade and Environment Policy-Making in the Arab Region
25 Trade and environment policy-making in the Arab region Carol Chouchani Cherfane* In November 2007, an expert meeting on trade and environment priorities facing the Arab region was convened in Cairo, Egypt under the auspices of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The meeting involved delegates from ministries of environment, trade, industry and economy from nearly all Arab countries, as well as representatives from regional organizations, the private sector and civil society. The conference was organized by the League of Arab States (LAS), United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) and the United Nations Environment Program Regional Oﬃce for West Asia (UNEP/ROWA). Discussions focused on key issues, including the liberalization of environmental goods and services; the impact of environmental requirements on market access and competitiveness; the eﬀects of globalization and trade liberalization on the environment; trade and environment policy coordination; and climate change. The meeting illustrates the wide range of topics that have now become mainstream trade and environment concerns in developing countries, as well as the number of diﬀerent stakeholders involved in the process of trade and environment policy-making in the Arab region. While the event built upon of a series of meetings conducted on varied trade and environment topics over the course of several years, it is worth noting that this gathering concluded with a number of recommendations that were subsequently adopted by the Council of Arab Ministers Responsible for the Environment (CAMRE) in December 2007.1 The Council also mandated that the recommendations...
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