Trade Agreements and the Supply of Public Goods
From 28 March 2015 to 29 March 2015, the Heinrich Böll Foundation (HBF) and Knowledge Ecology International Europe (KEI Europe) convened an expert meeting to consider a text for a World Trade Organization (WTO) Agreement for the Supply of Social/Public Goods (SGA). The meeting was held in Berlin, Germany at the campus of the Heinrich Böll Founda included eighteen experts from eleven countries. The convening of this expert meeting was made possible through the support of the HBF, an independent German political foundation affiliated with the German Greens/Alliance 90 Party, with public goods and the commons in theory and practice.
The aim of the proposed agreement is to expand the supply of social/public goods by creating a mechanism within the WTO for member governments to make (broadly defined) public/social goods having cross Berlin workshop to serve as a space for experts with backgrounds in international trade, law, the environment, development, public health and the draft articles of the proposed agreement on social goods and provide technical and strategic advice.