Trade, Environment, Climate Change and Sustainable Development

T07.pngUNCTAD'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.


 Meetings and Events

Start DateTitleLocationCountry
01-02 Nov 2010International Conference and Exhibition on Climate Change, Agriculture and Related Trade StandardsKuala Lumpur
07-08 Oct 2010Ad Hoc Expert Meeting on the Green Economy: Trade and Sustainable Development Implications (2010)Geneva
27-29 May 2010Workshop on Harmonization and Equivalence on Organic Agriculture in AsiaShanghai
07 Apr 2010UNDP/UNCTAD Informal Brainstorming Session: BioTrade Potential for Growth and Sustainability
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
20 Feb 2010Certified Organic plus certified GLOBALGAP: A New PathNuremberg
19 Feb 2010Africa Symposium@Biofach 2010: Markets as motors for sustainabilityNuremberg
18 Feb 2010A Level and Fair Playing Field for Organic TradeNuremberg
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
10-11 Dec 2009Ad hoc Expert Meeting on Facilitating Access of Small Organic Farmers in Developing Countries to Supermarket Shelves
10 Dec 2008Side event during the UNFCCC COP14Poznan
17-21 Nov 2008International Conference on Biofuels: Biofuels as a driving force of sustainable developmentSão Paulo
06-07 Oct 2008Eighth and final Meeting of the UNCTAD-FAO-IFOAM International Task Force on Harmonization and Equivalence in Organic Agriculture (ITF)
24 Sep 2008Lunchtime briefing on the CBTF and ITF: international partnerships for sustainable development
03-14 Dec 2007Participation in the thirteenth United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 13)Bali
15-18 Oct 2007CLIMA LATINOGuayaquil, Quito
03 Oct 2007CBTF International Symposium on Environmental Requirements and Market Access: Turning challenges into opportunities
25 Jun 2007Joint UNCTAD/WTO informal information session on private standards
19 Jun 2007Ad hoc expert group meeting on Biofuels: Trade and Development Implications of Present and Emerging Technologies
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30 September 2016Illegal trade accelerates wild plant extinctions, more transparency needed
29 September 2016Voluntary standards can accelerate the world towards the SDGs
28 September 2016Andean stakeholders discuss options for policy and regulatory reform for a BioTrade friendly implementation of the Nagoya Protocol
WTO Public forum
28 September 2016To make fisheries more sustainable, trade community must end the pointless subsidies
24 August 2016Organic farming in Africa has rich potential, but is increasingly underfunded
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