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UNEP-UNCTAD Capacity Building Task Force for Trade, Environment and Development. Brief Overview. Permanent Missions Geneva, 2 October 2001. Activities. Training … raises awareness & understanding Country Projects … learning-by-doing policy analysis & development

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UNEP-UNCTAD Capacity Building Task Force for Trade, Environment and Development

Brief Overview

Permanent Missions

Geneva, 2 October 2001


  • Training …raises awareness & understanding

  • Country Projects …learning-by-doing policy analysis & development

  • Policy Dialogue …to exchange of experiences & creation of networks

  • Thematic Research …to identify innovative ways to meet challenges & exploit opportunities

  • Information exchange …online dissemination of results & practical interactive resources


  • Government officials including policy-makers and negotiators

  • Private sector decision-makers and practitioners managing production of goods, commodities and services for export

  • Academic and NGO experts with experience on sectoral issues

  • Development cooperation officers seeking to promote sustainable development in countries undertaking CBTF activities

Implementation has begun

  • A call for proposals was issued in August 2000

  • Over 50 requests for capacity building in the form of project proposals received from some 30 countries

  • Seven projects selected for first round implementation are now underway

    • funding remains the only constraint to wider implementation

Some current CBTF projects

  • Assessing and responding to environmental effects of trade liberalisation (Lebanon)

  • Utilisation of economic instruments for the sustainable use of natural resources (Indonesia)

  • TrainforTrade Programme on trade, environment and development (Cuba, Vietnam and LDCs)

Some current CBTF projects

  • Workshop on enhancing production and market access of organic agricultural products from developing countries

  • List potential environment and development gains

Assisting Countries to…

  • assess effects and maximise net welfare gains of trade and trade liberalisation policies

  • design and implement mutually supportive trade and environmental protection policies which sustain livelihoods and reduce poverty

Assisting Countries to…

  • identify and comply with environmental and sanitary requirements in key export sectors (market access)

  • access sources of foreign investment, including through mechanisms of MEAs, for the acquisition/development of ESTs

  • identify and exploit trading opportunities for niche products, including various environmentally preferable products (EPPs)

CBTF Programme for LDCs

  • Supporting the LDC-III Programme of Action Commitments 5 & 6

  • Implemented through a region & language specific approach

  • Building capacity on practical and policy-relevantthemes

  • Proposed – pending funding

Assisting LDCs to…

  • address trade and development issues in the context of national environmental management plans in LDCs

  • sustainably manage natural and environmental resources while supporting growth in exports, sector by sector

  • identify national trade-environment challenges/opportunities and develop strategic policy responses

Assisting LDCs to…

  • Identify, secure and absorb environmentally sound technologies (ESTs)

  • focus on small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)

  • develop newnational, regional and global multi-stakeholder partnerships


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