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Briefing on Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals: Trade in biodiversity-based goods and services
25 November 2015
Room XV, A Building, Palais des Nations
Geneva, Switzerland

Key Issues


The BioTrade Facilitation Programme Phase III (BTFP III) is implemented by UNCTAD with financial support from Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), Government of Switzerland.

Operational since July 2015, BTFP III aims to mainstream BioTrade in relevant multilateral, regional and national processes and strengthen the policy and regulatory environment for BioTrade sectors. This will allow key governments and companies to take advantage of policy options and strategies available for leveraging BioTrade sectors in support of sustainable development, with a particular focus on biodiversity, and poverty reduction.

The post-2015 development agenda "Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development", including the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were adopted during the UN Sustainable Development Summit from 25-27 September 2015 in New York.

This agenda sets the path for governments, UN agencies, civil society, and businesses to work together to end poverty, promote prosperity and people’s well-being while protecting the environment from 2016 to 2030. The new agenda raises challenges that should be addressed and opportunities that can be seized.

Implementation of the new agenda requires a major effort in moving from decisions to actions. In this regard, UNCTAD will organize, on 25 November 2015, a briefing on "Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals: Trade in biodiversity-based goods and services".


ditc-ted-06112015-biotradeSDG-UNCTAD-SECO.jpgThe briefing will provide Geneva-based trade representatives and other participants with increased understanding on the opportunities and challenges that would emerge from the SDGs in relation to trade, biodiversity and livelihoods development, focusing on SDGs 1, 2, 12, 15 and 17. It will demonstrate concretely how trade and biodiversity programmes, such as BioTrade, can be leveraged to help countries and organizations realize these goals.

The 2030 Agenda seeks to bring about transformations that benefit the people and the planet, and that enhance partnerships. In this regard, the briefing will also provide practical cases, such as those related to the BioTrade Initiative and others led by private stakeholders, that contribute to biodiversity sustainability and sustainable use and that can help achieve the SDGs. Several short and focused presentations will be made by speakers, followed by discussion among participants.

UNCTAD's BioTrade Initiative is a practical programme that can make a concrete contribution to sustainable development. During the briefing, the third phase of the BioTrade Facilitation Programme (BTFP III) will be launched. The briefing is being organized under the framework of BTFP III in respect of mainstreaming BioTrade in sustainable sourcing and use in sustainable development strategies.






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