International Trade and Commodities
International Trade and Commodities

The overall objective of the programme is to promote inclusive and sustainable development through international trade.

It offers analysis and advice and seeks to build consensus, strengthen capacity and promote partnerships for trade policy, trade negotiations, trade in goods and services, competition law and consumer protection, and managing issues arising at the intersection of trade, the environment and climate change.



07 April 2020Call for proposals: Social media campaign on tool boosting intra-African trade
02 April 2020Barbados bets on tuna to boost the value of fish exports
13 March 2020Consumer protection crucial for the digital economy to thrive
12 March 2020World Consumer Rights Day: Do consumers play a role as influencers of sustainable consumption?
04 March 2020Coronavirus outbreak has cost global value chains $50 billion in exports
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Manual on Consumer Protection (UNCTAD/DITC/CPLP/2017/1)
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Start DateTitleLocationCountry
16-17 Oct 2020Global Commodities Forum 2020BridgetownBarbados
04-08 May 2020Project on cotton by-products – a study visit to Uganda KampalaUganda
29 Apr 2020VSS Academic Advisory Council Inception MeetingGenevaSwitzerland
06 Apr 2020Briefing on the 2020 United Nations Ocean Conference: The trade, technology and development perspective [POSTPONED, new dates TBC]GenevaSwitzerland
24 Mar 2020Sustainable Trade: What role for Voluntary Sustainability Standards?BangkokThailand
03-04 Mar 2020Second National Stakeholder Workshop: Discussion and validation of an Oceans Economy and Trade Strategy for Barbados. Toward a sustainable tuna value chainBridgetownBarbados
18 Feb 2020UNCTAD-ICO Workshop on Fostering Sustainable Development in Coffee-Exporting CountriesGenevaSwitzerland
10-14 Feb 2020In-Country Capacity Building Training for Non-Tariff Measures (NTMs) and Good Regulatory Practices (GRP) in Brunei Darussalam and MalaysiaBandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
03-04 Feb 2020UNCTAD Illicit Trade ForumGenevaSwitzerland
04-05 Dec 2019Second Regional Coordination Workshop on BioTrade and Access and Benefit-Sharing in the Mekong RegionHanoiViet Nam
04-05 Dec 2019Second National Stakeholder Workshop: Discussion and validation of an Oceans Economy and Trade Strategy for Belize. Marine finfish species and seafood manufacturingBelize CityBelize
28 Nov 2019Inter-Agency Joint Plan of Action (IAPoA) for achieving the trade related targets of SDG 14. UNCTAD-FAO-UNEP Side-Event to the FAO Sub-Committee on Fish Trade (COFI:FT)VigoSpain
28-29 Nov 2019LOAF 7- 7th Lao Organic Agriculture Forum: National Strategy for Green Development and International CompetitivenessVientianeLao People’s Democratic Republic
25 Nov 20191st Technical Working Group Meeting on the Assessment of Organic Certification in the Coconut Oil Value Chain in the Philippines Metro ManilaPhilippines
25-29 Nov 2019NGER training workshop on coffee and tropical fruits in Uíge province, AngolaUíge, Uíge ProvinceAngola
21-22 Nov 2019National Workshop: harnessing agricultural trade for sustainable development and food securityLilongweMalawi
06-07 Nov 2019Stakeholder Awareness Meeting: Stakeholders’ Perspectives on VSS, Sustainable Development and Bio-economyPretoriaSouth Africa
30-31 Oct 2019Vanuatu Coconut Summit 2019: National Dialogue on Coconut for a Better FutureSantoVanuatu
30-31 Oct 2019Second National Stakeholder Workshop: Discussion and validation of an Oceans Economy and Trade Strategy for Costa RicaPuntarenasCosta Rica
28 Oct 2019Ad Hoc Expert Meeting on Creative Economy and Sustainable DevelopmentGenevaSwitzerland
07 Oct 2019World Cotton DayGeneva
02-04 Oct 2019Annual Meeting of the Working Group on Trade and Competition for Latin America and Caribbean countriesAsunciónParaguay
16-18 Sep 20192nd International Convention on Sustainable Trade: Sustainable Value Chains and StandardsRio de JaneiroBrazil
11 Sep 2019Commodities and Development Report 2019: Commodity Dependence, Climate Change and the Paris AgreementGeneva
09 Sep 2019Online Briefing on WTO negotiations and implications for the design of Oceans Economy and Trade Strategies (OETS)GenevaSwitzerland
09-13 Sep 2019UN Trade Forum: SDGs and Climate ChangeGenevaSwitzerland
18 Jul 2019Dialogue on Illicit Trade and the Sustainable Development GoalsGenevaSwitzerland
04 Jul 2019WTO A4T Side Event: Moving beyond SPS and TBT - Challenges of the Green MarketGenevaSwitzerland
02 Jul 2019Webinar – BioTrade and Access and Benefit-Sharing: Issues and Experiences in Implementation
26 Jun 2019Stakeholder Consultations on Draft Oceans Economy and Trade Strategies Report for Costa RicaPuntarenasCosta Rica
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