WTO 11th Ministerial Conference

Buenos Aires, December 2017

Fossil Fuel Subsidies Ministerial Statement on behalf of Chile; Costa Rica; Iceland; Liechtenstein; Mexico; The Republic of Moldova; New Zealand; Norway; Samoa; Switzerland; The Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu; Uruguay

11 December 2017

Ministerial Segment – Presentation of a Ministerial Declaration on Fossil Fuel Subsidies and Trade

This Ministerial Segment will see a number of countries release an official statement (a Ministerial Declaration) urging the WTO to make room for FFSR in their ongoing discussions. This Declaration will be led by the Friends. High level delegates from signing countries will share a few words on the Declaration, there will be photo opportunities […]

There is a window of opportunity

2017 offers a significant opportunity to call for elimination of fossil fuel subsidies

  • Fossil-fuel subsidy reform is the missing piece of the climate change jigsaw and governments must deliver global actions to decrease emissions as we head towards implementation of the Paris Agreement on climate change.
  • Oil prices are low making fuel more affordable so the impact of reducing or removing subsidies will be felt less.

The top 5 reasons for reform

Supporters are growing

The momentum for reform is growing led by Communiqué supporters from government, business and international organisations. Find out which governments and organisations support the Communiqué.

Recent supporters include
  • United Kingdom
  • Morocco
  • Netherlands
  • Italy
  • Uruguay
  • Mexico
  • Czech Republic
  • Moldova
  • Gambia
  • Colombia
  • Marshall Islands
  • Peru
  • Croatia
  • Samoa
  • Estonia
  • Malaysia
  • Uganda
  • Austria
  • Philippines
  • Cyprus
  • Ghana
  • Mozambique
  • Canada
  • Monaco
  • Viet Nam
  • Germany
  • United States

Endorse the Communiqué

show your support for fossil-fuel subsidy reform

The Friends group was formed in June 2010 to support G20 and APEC leaders’ commitments to phase out inefficient fossil fuel subsidies. The Friends encourage the G20 and APEC to implement their initiative as soon as possible, with maximum ambition and transparency.

Friends of Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform are

  • Costa Rica
  • Denmark
  • Ethiopia
  • Finland
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Uruguay