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World Trade Organization

  • By: Sikina Jinnah
  • In: Green Politics: An A-to-Z Guide
  • Edited by: Dustin Mulvaney & Paul Robbins
  • Subject:Environmental Sociology, Environmental Technology, Policy & Management, Environmental Policy & Law (general)

The photograph shows a dolphin caught in a controversial type of fish seine in the Pacific in 1966. The World Trade Organization's involvement in the dolphin-safe nets dispute led to changes within the organization in the early 1990s.
Source: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

The World Trade Organization (WTO) is a central player in the process of contemporary globalization. Although its core function is to facilitate trade liberalization (the reduction or removal of tariffs and other trade practices that inhibit the free flow of goods and services) among its member states, the WTO also plays an important role in certain aspects of environmental governance. For example, the WTO is currently discussing how to liberalize trade in environmental goods and services and also plays an important role in ...

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