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TESS is a partnership of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), housed at the Geneva Trade Platform.

TESS aims to catalyse policy action across the trade, environment and sustainable development communities through a versatile, needs-driven and outcome-focused toolbox of activities. Mandated to ‘connect, inform, analyse and empower’, the work of TESS combines public facing events and policy briefs; expert and stakeholder roundtables; and off-the-record consultations key to supporting international policymaking processes.

To facilitate engagement with the range of actors keen to renew attention multilateral cooperation and identify ways forward, TESS is supported by a regionally diverse International Advisory Network composed of experts from international organisations, NGOs, civil society, business and the research community.


Carolyn Deere Birkbeck

Carolyn Deere Birkbeck is a Senior Researcher at the Graduate Institute’s Global Governance Centre and Director of the Forum on Trade, Environment & the SDGs (TESS).

Christophe Bellmann

Christophe Bellmann is the Head of Policy Analysis and Strategy at the Forum on Trade, Environment & the SDGs (TESS).