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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:




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10 August 2015Small island developing states in the Pacific explore ways to make fisheries and other oceans economic sectors more sustainable
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18 May 2015Development Bank of Latin America (CAF) and UNCTAD formalize partnership
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29 April 2015Trade, poverty reduction and protecting the environment go hand in hand, says UNCTAD Deputy Secretary-General
03 March 2015UNCTAD supports Ecuador's campaign to promote key exports in international markets
03 March 2015Ecuador's ratification of the Nagoya Protocol presented to parliamentarian and other stakeholders
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Trade and Environment Review 2006 (UNCTAD/DITC/TED/2005/12)
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 Meetings and Events

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25 Nov 2015Briefing on Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals: Trade in biodiversity-based goods and servicesGenevaSwitzerland
24 Nov 2015Peer review on the Implementation of the Nagoya Protocol, and its Impact over Certain Aspects of BioTradeGenevaSwitzerland
11-13 Nov 2015Advancing bioenergy in Latin America: UNCTAD collaborates with IRENA on liquid biofuels event in Quito, EcuadorQuitoEcuador
27-29 Oct 2015Beyond Biofuels: UNCTAD previews advanced bioenergy market study on opening panel of EFIB 2015BrusselsBelgium
20-21 Oct 2015Premier Atelier national de l'Examen national de l'export vert du Royaume du MarocRabatMorocco
19-20 Oct 2015UNCTAD discusses Bioenergy Finance at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) ConferenceBerlinGermany
05 Oct 2015Climate Change COP21 and Beyond: Briefing on SDGs, Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) and the Role of the International Trade CommunityGenevaSwitzerland
29 Sep-01 Oct 2015Ad Hoc Expert Meeting on Trade in Sustainable FisheriesGenevaSwitzerland
15 Sep 2015UNCTAD speaks at the 5th International Conference on Lignocellulosic Ethanol BrusselsBelgium
05 Aug 2015Consultation on Challenges and Opportunities on Oceans Economy, Trade and Sustainable Fisheries for Pacific SIDSPort VilaVanuatu
06-07 Jul 2015Solutions Alliance Thematic Meeting on The Role of the Private Sector in Solutions for DisplacementGenevaSwitzerland
02 Jun 2015UNCTAD moderates panel at the General Assembly of the Roundtable on Sustainable BiomaterialsGenevaSwitzerland
14 Apr 2015UNCTAD workshop at the African Carbon Forum 2015: Harvesting opportunities for REDD+MarrakechMorocco
26 Feb 2015Seminar with Parliamentarians, Civil Servants, and Users on the Implications of the Ratification of the Nagoya Protocol for EcuadorQuitoEcuador
25 Feb 2015Third National Workshop on Ecuador's Green Export Review: The Case of Cocoa and ChocolateQuitoEcuador
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