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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:




25 November 2015New BioTrade project to promote sustainable trade of products derived from biodiversity
25 November 2015Impact of the Nagoya Protocol for BioTrade business and practitioners
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06 November 2015Morocco seeks to enhance production and boost exports in key green sectors
14 October 2015With markets for organic produce booming, African farmers and other stakeholders gather to discuss reaping the benefits
08 October 2015Growing international demand for BioTrade products: opportunities and challenges
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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
31 Jan 2014Launch of annual reports of the State of Sustainability Initiatives (SSI) and the Committee on Sustainability Assessment (COSA)GenevaSwitzerland
18 Sep 2013Launch of the Trade and Environment Review 2013
04 Jul 2013UNCTAD Bioenergy session at the African Carbon Forum 2013AbidjanCôte d’Ivoire
12-13 Jun 2013Green Economy and Trade. Ad hoc Expert Group 1: Domestic Requirements and Support Measures in Green Sectors: Economic and Environmental Effectiveness and Implications for TradeGenevaSwitzerland
21-22 Mar 2013Conference Launching the United Nations Forum on Sustainability StandardsGeneva
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
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