unctad.org | Short courses on key issues on the international economic agenda for delegates from Permanent Missions in Geneva (First semester 2017)
Short courses on key issues on the international economic agenda for delegates from Permanent Missions in Geneva (First semester 2017)
17 March 2017
10:00-13:00 hrs., Room XXVI of the Palais des Nations
Geneva, Switzerland

Key Issues

Trade regulation in the twenty-first century: Non-tariff measures, trade costs and sustainable development
[Delivered by the Division on Technology and Logistics]


The aim of the courses is to give delegates from permanent missions an opportunity to become better acquainted with topical issues and developments in the international economic agenda as they are reflected in the work of UNCTAD.

The secretariat invites permanent missions to nominate delegates who follow matters pertaining to UNCTAD or the World Trade Organization to attend these courses.

Course Description

In a context where tariffs have significantly decreased over the last few decades, non-tariff measures have become major determinants in market entry, particularly for developing countries.

UNCTAD research shows that the ability to gain and benefit from market access increasingly depends on compliance with trade regulatory measures such as sanitary requirements and goods standards. This is why they have become a major challenge for exporters, importers and policymakers. Understanding the uses and implications of these trade policy instruments is essential for the formulation and implementation of effective trade policies and development strategies.

Non-tariff measures are closely linked to the Sustainable Development Goals, in particular social and environmental Goals (for example Goal 2 on ending hunger and Goal 12 on sustainable production patterns) and economic Goals (for example Goal 1 on ending poverty and Goal 8 on economic growth).

Non-tariff measures are important instruments for all countries to help achieve the Goals and it is thus likely that their use will increase.

This course will shed light on the interfaces of non-tariff measures with the Sustainable Development Goals, to assist policymakers in designing appropriate trade policies and measuring progress towards the Goals. The course will explore the findings of UNCTAD work on non-tariff measures, which encompasses definitions, classifications, the collection of data and the analysis of trade impacts and links to the Sustainable Development Goals.


Language(s):English; French; Spanish; Arabic;
Ms. Randa Jamal
Project Coordinator, Knowledge Development Branch
T.: 41 22 917 2718;
E.: randa.jamal@unctad.org
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