The E15 Initiative-Strengthening the Global Trade System



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Climate Strategies is a partner of the E15 Initiative.

The E15Initiative convenes world-class experts and institutions to generate strategic analysis and recommendations for government, business and civil society geared towards strengthening the global trade system.

ICTSD launched the E15Initiative (E15) in 2011 against the background of the halting multilateral trade negotiations in the context of the Doha Development Round of the World Trade Organization (WTO).

The faltering negotiation function of the WTO in the past decade not only resulted in the absence of tangible results in the Doha Development Round, but increasingly put the general relevance and credibility of the multilateral trade system at risk. Moreover, it reduced the system’s ability to respond to the new and emerging trade and development challenges of the 21st century, such as the reshaping of value chains, food security, climate change, digital economy or innovation. A strong, equitable and predictable rules-based multilateral trade system is, however, crucial to enabling a robust world economy and addressing 21st century challenges. Multilateral trade relations serve as powerful drivers of sustainable development and as a crucial tool for developing countries’ inclusion in the world trade system.

However, mega regional agreements such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) have the potential to bring large portions of global trade under new rules, while others like the Trade in Services Agreement (TISA) seek eventually to multilateralise under the WTO.

The E15 seeks to contribute to strengthening the global trade system by stimulating a fresh, strategic look at key challenges and opportunities it is will face beyond 2015, such that it improves its effective, fair and inclusive functioning and ability to promote sustainable development.
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E15 Knowledge Partners are globally recognized institutions that co-manage the work under the Expert Groups and provide deep expertise on topics. The E15Initiative receives financial and in-kind support from these institutions as well as governments.
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