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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
23 Feb 2015Second National Workshop on Ecuador's Green Export Review: The Case of Sustainable FisheriesMantaEcuador
13 Feb 2015Organic Agriculture Side-event at BioFachNurembergGermany
10 Feb 2015Briefing session on climate change, sustainable development goals and trade: At the crossroads of sustainable developmentGenevaSwitzerland
10 Dec 2014BioTrade, market innovation and social inclusion in climate diverse scenarios - Side event to the UNFCCC COP 20LimaPeru
12 Oct 20143rd BioTrade Congress: Promoting Sustainable use through Business EngagementPyeongchangRepublic of Korea
22 Sep 2014Launch of publication: Road from Rio +20: Towards Sustainable Development GoalsGenevaSwitzerland
22 Sep 2014Lunch Event: Organic Agriculture and Development: Experiences from Uganda and Lao PDRGenevaSwitzerland
17 Sep 2014Launch of the Prototype Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR)GenevaSwitzerland
03 Sep 2014UNCTAD/PIFS Side-event at the UN Conference on Small Island Developing StatesApiaSamoa
26-27 Aug 2014First National Stakeholder Workshop. Vanuatu National Green Export ReviewPort VilaVanuatu
14-15 Jul 2014The Third Lao Organic Agriculture Forum (LOAF 3)VientianeLao People’s Democratic Republic
02 Jul 2014Bioenergy in the context of the SDGs at the African Carbon Forum 2014WindhoekNamibia
10-11 Jun 2014First National Workshop on Ecuador's National Green Export Policy ReviewQuitoEcuador
29 Apr 2014UNCTAD/CITES/PCP side event at the 27th Meeting of the CITES AC: Innovative initiatives for the sustainable management of CITES Appendix II listed speciesVeracruzMexico
03-04 Apr 2014Green Economy and Trade. Ad hoc Expert Group 2: Trade Remedies in Green Sectors: the Case of RenewablesGenevaSwitzerland
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