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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
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
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 projects1
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
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 to1
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
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
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 to1
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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