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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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 Meetings and Events

Start DateTitleLocationCountry
18 Feb 2010A Level and Fair Playing Field for Organic TradeNuremberg
07-08 Oct 2010Ad Hoc Expert Meeting on the Green Economy: Trade and Sustainable Development Implications (2010)Geneva
19 Feb 2010Africa Symposium@Biofach 2010: Markets as motors for sustainabilityNuremberg
20 Feb 2010Certified Organic plus certified GLOBALGAP: A New PathNuremberg
02 Dec 2010East Africa Organic Conference 2010Nairobi
01 Dec 2010First National Consultation on Kenyan Organic Agriculture PolicyNairobi
12 May 2011Green Economy and Rio +20: How can LDC’s benefit from a Successful Rio + 20 Summit?Istanbul
01-02 Nov 2010International Conference and Exhibition on Climate Change, Agriculture and Related Trade StandardsKuala Lumpur
08 Feb 2010Launch of the UNCTAD Trade and Environment Review 2009/2010
19-21 Jan 2010Redefining Sustainability in the International Agenda: Inspiring Greater Engagement in Biodiversity Issues
03-05 Mar 2010Second all-Africa Carbon Forum: Conference, Trade Fair and Capacity Development to build on CDM gains on continent organized by IETA, UNEP, UNDP, WB, UNITAR, UNCTAD and UNFCCCNairobi
26-27 Sep 2011UNCTAD-FAO-IFOAM Global Organic Market Access project: Asia Working Group on Framework for Cooperation on Organic Labelling and TradeSeoul
07 Apr 2010UNDP/UNCTAD Informal Brainstorming Session: BioTrade Potential for Growth and Sustainability
09-10 Dec 2010Working Group on Harmonization and Equivalence for Organic Agriculture in AsiaMumbai
27-29 May 2010Workshop on Harmonization and Equivalence on Organic Agriculture in AsiaShanghai
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