Capacity Building in Trade and Environment

Capacity Building in Trade and Environment

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The Development Account project "Capacity Building in Trade and Environment" is an interregional project implemented by 4 United Nations Regional Commissions, ECA, ECLAC, ESCAP and ESCWA, in collaboration with UNCTAD, UNEP, WTO and ECE.

The objective is to strengthen the capacity of the developing Member States to formulate and negotiate effective trade and environment policies taking into account their linkages, implication for market access, their relationship to multilateral environment agreements and their relevance to national priorities, and thus contributing to achieving MDG 7, Target 9: Integrate the principles of sustainable development into country policies and programmes and reverse loss of environmental resources.

Project Overview

The need for developing mutually supportive trade and environmental policies was expressed at the World Summit for Sustainable Development, where Member States called on United Nations organizations, including regional organizations, to enhance the delivery of coordinated and targeted technical assistance and capacity building programs on trade and environment and particularly to promote cooperation on trade, environment and development and provide technical assistance to developing countries to this end.

The basis for this mandate is found in Millennium Development Goal 7, which calls upon the global community to ensure environmental sustainability. In order to achieve this objective, efforts are necessary to support the integration of sustainable development principles into country policies and programmes and adopt measures to improve environmental sustainability.

Further, the Doha Ministerial Declaration of the Member States of the World Trade Organization emphasises the importance of the trade and environment nexus in paragraphs 31-33 by: a) mandating further negotiations; b) instructing the Committee on Trade and Environment to give attention to issues including the effect of environmental
measures on market access; and c) recognising the importance of technical assistance and capacity building in trade and environment to developing countries.

This interregional Development Account project seeks to achieve these goals by strengthening the capacity of developing countries to formulate effective trade and environment policies. The objective of the project is for developing member states to increase market access for their products and to enhance environmental sustainability by:

a) enhancing the capacity of developing countries to appropriately respond to the environmental standards of developed countries thus improving market access to developed country markets; and

b) better manage the pressures on the local environment arising from trade flows into developing countries, these pressures being: (i) those impacts arising from the import of environmentally hazardous products; and (ii) the impact of imports that are environmentally unsustainable.

As a regional and interregional project, the project focuses on regional, sub-regional and national approaches such as sharing of good practices and other information, and networking.

Activities include the preparation of regional studies in each region on market access and environmental requirements using a sector specific example of interest to the region, as well as regional, sub-regional capacity building workshops and national roundtables.


Regional studyDownload
Case study ChinaDownload
Case study FijiDownload
Case study IndonesiaDownload
Case study NepalDownload
Case study Palm oil MalaysiaDownload
Case study Sri LankaDownload
Case study Viet NamDownload
Reginal Report on Trade and Env 26-10-2006_AfricaDownload
Werner Corrales Discusion conceptualDownload
Werner Corrales-Aplicaciones-ilustracionesDownload
Werner Corrales-Espacios de PoliticaDownload
Pedro Roffe-Intellectual Property Rights and SDDownload
Marco Luraschi-Papel y Celulosa-ChileDownload
Arab Region Resource Paper on Trade and EnvironmentDownload
Environmental standards and competitiveness of key economic sectorsDownload
ESCWA Fisheries Study-25Oct07-FinalDownload