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Trade and Environment Issues in the Forest and Forest Products Sector

This Discussion Paper was written as a follow-up to the special topic discussion on “Trade and Environment Issues in the Forest and Forest Products Sector” in the course of the 57th Session of the UN/ECE Timber Committee in Geneva on 29 September 1999. Four speaker presented their views on the topic – Dr. Carol Cosgrove-Sacks, Director of the UN/ECE Trade Division, Mr. Jan-Eirik Sørensen, Director of the WTO Trade and Environment Division, Mr. Charles Arden-Clarke, Head of the WWF Trade and Investment Unit and Mr. Albert Fry of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). This paper presents an unbiased overview of topics relevant to the trade and environment debate and the speaker’s opinions and statements on them.