UNEP-IRP trade in resources report

The International Resource Panel (IRP), in collaboration with the United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP) Environment and Trade Hub will release a new think piece, “Sustainable Trade in Resources: Global Material Flows, Circularity and Trade” on 16th November 2020.

The think piece aims to promote policymakers’ understanding on trade flows of material resources – including their environmental impacts – and the potential of trade to contribute to the transition to a greener and more circular economy.

The publication will be launched at the WTO-UNEP High-Level event “Environment and trade for a sustainable and inclusive recovery from covid-19” on 16th November at 15h00-16h30 CET. The event marks the start of a series of activities of the WTO Trade and Environment Week 2020.


  • Inger Andersen, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director, UN Environment Programme

  • Alan Wm. Wolff, Deputy Director-General, WTO

  • Soraya Hakuziyaremye, Minister of Trade and Industry, Rwanda

  • Sveinung Rotevatn, Minister of Climate and Environment, Norway and UNEA 5 President

  • Dame Ellen MacArthur, Founder and Chair of Trustees, Ellen MacArthur Foundation

  • Jamshed N. Godrej, Chairman of the Board of Godrej & Boyce Manufacturing Company Limited, India

  • Moderator: Chad Blackman, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Barbados to the WTO and Chair of the WTO Committee on Trade and Environment

Learn more about the event here.

Watch the recording of the event here.