WTO 2021 Public Forum - Sustainable Public Procurement

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Sandra describes the domestic landscape for procurement policy in high-income countries as extremely dynamic, and will discuss four emerging themes of interest to GPA member states and global policymakers.

SDG 12 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development calls to "promote public procurement practices that are sustainable, in accordance with national policies and priorities" (target 12.7). Green government procurement directly supports this goal. But there is scarcely any debate about how this fits with the open international trading system.

Do international trade rules, including those in the WTO's Government Procurement Agreement 2012 and FTAs, support or hinder countries in achieving this goal?

What should be done, and how, so that government procurement can be deployed to make international trade more sustainable and at the same time to help countries to make the shift towards more low-carbon and circular economies (i.e. build back greener)? How best to reconcile trade and the environment in the field of government procurement and "ensure that the WTO best supports the green and circular economy" (WTO DG Okonjo-Iweala)?
This debate is both timely and pressing.

Join our panel of four global experts: Jean Heilman Grier - Trade Principal, Djaghe LLC, USA; Liesbeth Casier - Senior Policy Advisor, International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD); Ryohei Tobibayashi - Deputy Director, International Trade Divison Japan, and Sandra Hamilton, Strategic Procurement Advisor, Ph.D. researcher, Manchester Institute of Innovation Research, for this important conversation moderated by Reto Malacrida, Head of Government Procurement at the WTO.

The session will be live-streamed and the recording will be made available on the WTO-GPA website.
Period29 Sept 2021
Event typeConference
LocationGeneva, SwitzerlandShow on map


  • Sustainable Public Procurement
  • SDG 12
  • Trade Deals
  • sustainability
  • Green Impact
  • social impact