QUNO’s Sustainable and Just Economic Systems programme has been closely involved in discussions on trade and environment between members at the World Trade Organisation (WTO). In this space, QUNO prioritises supporting members to work collaboratively on trade policies which support global environmental sustainability and ensure a sustainable and just future for all.
During Geneva Peace Week in November, the Sustainable & Just Economic Systems programme organized a side event on this topic and the role of the private sector in different aspects of conflict resolution and sustaining peace, which require the combined effort of many different groups, agencies and sectors. Currently, more than half of the 22 countries that are in the process of joining the World Trade Organization (WTO) are considered fragile conflict-affected States. They face specific challenges in building their economic foundation and integrating into the global economy.
In November 2019, Joachim Monkelbaan participated for the second time in the Paris Peace Forum. The Paris Peace Forum is an international event on issues of global governance and multilateralism that is held annually in Paris. Joachim liaised with heads of international organisations, representatives of civil society (such as non-governmental organizations, private corporations, trade unions, think tanks, experts, journalists, media) for detailed discussions of major global challenges to sustainable development and finding practical solutions.