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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:

 

 

 News

 
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21 July 2016UNCTAD14 sees 90 countries sign up to UN roadmap for elimination of harmful fishing subsidies
Vietnam BioTrade
13 July 2016Vietnam's BioTrade exporters want more transparent trade measures
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08 July 2016Laos government sees bright future for organic farming
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17 May 2016Trade, transport, tourism and oceans
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04 May 2016Morocco's rosemary, thyme and olive producers propose national actions to improve production efficiency, output and product quality
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 Meetings and Events

 
Start DateTitleLocationCountry
20 Jan-15 Feb 2014e-Learning course on: Integrating REDD+ Projects into BioTrade Strategies
18 Sep 2013Launch of the Trade and Environment Review 2013
21-22 Mar 2013Conference Launching the United Nations Forum on Sustainability StandardsGeneva
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
02 Jul 2014Bioenergy in the context of the SDGs at the African Carbon Forum 2014WindhoekNamibia
24-25 Oct 2013UN Forum on Sustainability Standards (UNFSS) briefing sessions for ASEAN and the Philippines on policy and strategic approaches towards voluntary sustainability standardsSan FernandoPhilippines
03 Sep 2014UNCTAD/PIFS Side-event at the UN Conference on Small Island Developing StatesApiaSamoa
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
03-04 Apr 2014Green Economy and Trade. Ad hoc Expert Group 2: Trade Remedies in Green Sectors: the Case of RenewablesGenevaSwitzerland
31 Jan 2014Launch of annual reports of the State of Sustainability Initiatives (SSI) and the Committee on Sustainability Assessment (COSA)GenevaSwitzerland
11-13 Dec 2013Second BioTrade Congress: Integrating REDD+ projects into BioTrade strategiesGenevaSwitzerland
17-18 Oct 2013UNCTAD–CITES Meeting: Traceability systems for managing international trade in South East Asian python skinsGenevaSwitzerland
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
27-31 May 2013Workshop on South-North-South Dissemination of Bioenergy Technologies and PracticesStockholmSweden
05 Feb 2014Sustainability at the Intersection of Trade, Environment and Development. UNCTAD-CITES-OAS side event event to the Eighth Session of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development GoalsNew YorkUnited States of America
26-27 Aug 2014First National Stakeholder Workshop. Vanuatu National Green Export ReviewPort VilaVanuatu
04 Jul 2013UNCTAD Bioenergy session at the African Carbon Forum 2013AbidjanCôte d’Ivoire
10-11 Jun 2014First National Workshop on Ecuador's National Green Export Policy ReviewQuitoEcuador
14-15 Jul 2014The Third Lao Organic Agriculture Forum (LOAF 3)VientianeLao People’s Democratic Republic
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