UN Unveils Environment and Trade Hub in the Wake of Trade Forum

Panelists at the High Level plenary session. From left: Mark Eddo, moderator; Hon. Amina Mohamed, Cabinet Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kenya; Ricardo Meléndez-Ortiz, CEO of ICTSD; Achim Steiner, UNEP Executive Director; Hon. Gregory Domingo, Trade Minister of the Philippines; Fred Agah, WTO Deputy Director General.

 

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) on Tuesday launched the Environment and Trade Hub.

This initiative is aimed at assisting countries to use sustainable trade as a vehicle for achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

“UNEP is already working directly with many governments and other stakeholders to implement an inclusive green economy in countries across all continents” said UNEP Executive Director Mr. Achim Steiner

Steiner added that the Hub holds enormous potential to build on this experience and help unlock the true capabilities of developing countries, using trade as a motor for sustainable development and environmental protection.

Formally launched at an event on the sidelines of the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) 10th Ministerial Conference in Nairobi, the hub is expected to offer; Capacity building services for developing countries such as tailored technical trainings to support international, regional and national design and implementation of sustainable trade and investment policies.

Other services include, Targeted stakeholder trainings; technical assistance in designing trade and environment related agreements; development of tools, methodologies and indicators for sustainable trade. The valuable hub will also offer support to stakeholder consultations on Identification and dissemination of best practices on advancing sustainable trade.

The Hub aims to enhance the capacity of countries to design and implement trade policies that foster environmental sustainability and human well-being; to assist countries in the realization of trade opportunities arising from a transition to greener economies; to strengthen the sustainability aspects of cross-border trade and investment agreements in negotiations; and to realize a shift of trade practices and trends to more sustainable pathways.

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