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Trade, Environment, Climate Change and Sustainable Development

UNCTAD's work on harnessing international trade in promoting sustained growth and inclusive development includes as a key aspect, support to developing countries in taking advantages of emerging opportunities for trade associated with the protection, promotion and preservation of the environment and sustainable development objectives generally, while minimizing potential adverse impacts. This work is carried out by the Trade, Environment, Climate Change and Sustainable Development Branch of DITC.

Through research and analysis, intergovernmental deliberations and consensus building, and technical assistance, as well as partnerships and networks with an array of stakeholders, the Branch works to strengthen the capacity of developing countries to formulate and implement mutually supportive trade, environment and sustainable development objectives; integrate sustainable development and poverty reduction objectives in development strategies at all levels, including the need to address climate change implications inter alia by promoting climate-friendly trade and production strategies including in green sectors; and support the effective participation of developing countries in international deliberations on trade and environment.

The main areas of intervention include:




08 October 2015Growing international demand for BioTrade products: opportunities and challenges
01 October 20152030 trade agenda for sustainable and responsible fisheries proposed by UNCTAD and the Commonwealth Secretariat
Goal 14
29 September 2015Experts discuss new ways to use trade policy to protect the world's fish and oceans
25 September 2015Organic agriculture and tourism can help tackle poverty, new UNCTAD report says
03 September 2015Trade and Climate Change Policy Beyond 2015
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Trade and Environment Review 2003 (UNCTAD/DITC/TED/2003/4)
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Greening Trade in Vietnam (UNCTAD/DITC/TED/8)
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 Meetings and Events

Start DateTitleLocationCountry
19 Mar 2013Trends in Global Biofuels Markets: Sustainability Policy and TradeGenevaSwitzerland
12 Mar 2013UNCTAD/CITES Roundtable on Traceability Systems at CITES COP 16BangkokThailand
10-11 Dec 2012Second Lao Organic Agriculture ForumLuang PrabangLao People’s Democratic Republic
25 Sep 2012TDB 59th Session - Lunch Event BioTrade:Trade working for biodiversity in practiceSwitzerland
25-28 Jun 2012Experiences exchanged between BioTrade Vietnam - BioTrade PeruLimaPeru
19 Jun 2012Advisory Committee Meeting of the Fashion and Cosmetic BioTrade Platform (FCBP)Rio de JaneiroBrazil
18 Jun 2012BioTrade Congress: Biodiversity - The Life of the Green EconomyRio de Janeiro, BrazilBrazil
15-16 May 2012Launching of the BioTrade programme in VietnamHanoiViet Nam
02-04 May 2012Second African Organic Conference: Mainstreaming organic agriculture in the African development agendaLusaka, ZambiaZambia
23 Mar 2012First Lao Organic Agriculture ForumVientiane CityLao People’s Democratic Republic
20-21 Mar 2012Lao Project Technical Workshop March 2012Luang PrabangLao People’s Democratic Republic
15 Feb 2012Value Chain Analysis Workshop for the Natural Ingredients, Rattan and Ecotourism SectorsJakartaIndonesia
08 Jun 2011Working Group Meeting of the UNCTAD, IFOAM and GlobalG.A.P. Secretariats on Reviewing Options to Reduce Costs of Organic and GlobalGAP CertificationBonnGermany
15-17 May 2010Seminar on Environmental governance towards Green Economy - Freiburg MSc students visitGenevaSwitzerland
09-11 Feb 2010Single-year Expert Meeting on Green and Renewable Technologies as Energy Solutions for Rural DevelopmentGenevaSwitzerland
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