Going Green: How Technology Offers Development and Climate Benefits

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Going Green: How Technology Offers Development and Climate Benefits

Geneva, Switzerland, 10 March 2023

Green technologies such as artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things and electric vehicles are growing rapidly and could create a market of over $9.5 trillion by 2030. But most of the benefits are going to developed countries.

UNCTAD’s Technology and Innovation Report 2023 to be published on 16 March examines why it’s important for developing countries to act now to benefit more from green tech to catch up economically while tackling climate change.

But this will only be possible through the right national policies and global cooperation to ensure consistency across international agreements on trade, intellectual property and climate change.



UNCTAD is the UN’s leading institution dealing with trade and development. It is a permanent intergovernmental body established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1964.

UNCTAD is part of the UN Secretariat and has a membership of 195 countries, one of the largest in the UN system. UNCTAD supports developing countries to access the benefits of a globalized economy more fairly and effectively.

We provide economic and trade analysis, facilitate consensus-building and offer technical assistance to help developing countries use trade, investment, finance and technology for inclusive and sustainable development.


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