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.



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
08 July 2016Viet Nam focuses on Access and Benefit Sharing under BioTrade through developing new regulations for sustainable use of biodiversity
Flag of Loas
08 July 2016Laos government sees bright future for organic farming
Goal 14
17 May 2016Trade, transport, tourism and oceans
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 Meetings and Events

Start DateTitleLocationCountry
19 Jun 2012Advisory Committee Meeting of the Fashion and Cosmetic BioTrade Platform (FCBP)Rio de JaneiroBrazil
18 Jun 2012BioTrade Congress: Biodiversity - The Life of the Green EconomyRio de Janeiro, BrazilBrazil
21-22 Mar 2013Conference Launching the United Nations Forum on Sustainability StandardsGeneva
20 Jan-15 Feb 2014e-Learning course on: Integrating REDD+ Projects into BioTrade Strategies
25-28 Jun 2012Experiences exchanged between BioTrade Vietnam - BioTrade PeruLimaPeru
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
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
18 Sep 2013Launch of the Trade and Environment Review 2013
15-16 May 2012Launching of the BioTrade programme in VietnamHanoiViet Nam
11-13 Dec 2013Second BioTrade Congress: Integrating REDD+ projects into BioTrade strategiesGenevaSwitzerland
10-11 Dec 2012Second Lao Organic Agriculture ForumLuang PrabangLao People’s Democratic Republic
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
25 Sep 2012TDB 59th Session - Lunch Event BioTrade:Trade working for biodiversity in practiceSwitzerland
19 Mar 2013Trends in Global Biofuels Markets: Sustainability Policy and TradeGenevaSwitzerland
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
04 Jul 2013UNCTAD Bioenergy session at the African Carbon Forum 2013AbidjanCôte d’Ivoire
12 Mar 2013UNCTAD/CITES Roundtable on Traceability Systems at CITES COP 16BangkokThailand
17-18 Oct 2013UNCTAD–CITES Meeting: Traceability systems for managing international trade in South East Asian python skinsGenevaSwitzerland
27-31 May 2013Workshop on South-North-South Dissemination of Bioenergy Technologies and PracticesStockholmSweden
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