INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
Trade and Sustainable
There are a number of good reasons why the gap between the trade and environment communities remains unbridged. First, the trade and environment debate misses the crucial truth that underlying its most difficult conflicts are disparities of development. The Rio bargain was based on the understanding that until global disparities could be lessened, progress on environmental issues of shared concern would be difficult. But this understanding has been scarce when environmentalists and free-traders argue their positions. The need is to expand the focus of the debate from trade and environment to trade, environment and development, or trade and sustainable development.
A trade and sustainable development debate not only brings into the picture the crucial issues of development--poverty, community, social well-being--but it also allows a framework for discussion and analysis that can move the debate for-____________________