Experts' profiles - Charles Arden-Clarke
Charles Arden-Clarke
Charles Arden-Clarke trained as a zoologist and ecologist in the UK and South Africa. From 1984 to 1990 he was a co-director of the Political Ecology Research Group, a non-profit making environmental consultancy in the UK, where he worked on a range of issues including the impacts of civil nuclear power, conventional and organic farming systems and acid rain. In 1990 he joined WWF International in Switzerland as a policy analyst, focusing mainly on trade and environment, but also covering foreign direct investment and environment, ISO standards, eco-labelling and agriculture. The majority of his worked focused on assessing the effects of WTO rules and negotiations on the environment, and proposing and advocating reforms to reduce those impacts.

In January 2000 he joined UNEP's Economics and Trade Branch in Geneva, with responsibilities for trade and environment matters, focusing on the effects of trade liberalisation on the environment, and the relationship between WTO rules and multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs). He also engaged in capacity building activities to assist countries in the integration of trade, environmental and development objectives. In April 2004 he moved to UNEP's Division on Technology, Industry and Economics (DTIE) in Paris, to work on trade, economics, poverty alleviation, global public goods and agriculture, and liaison with governments and other key partners. Since January 2007 he has been Head of the Goods and Services Unit in the Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) Branch of DTIE. This unit is developing a 10 year framework of programmes on SCP, promoting SCP in the tourism and food & agriculture sectors, working on communications and advertising for SCP and on demonstrating the contribution that SCP policies and actions can make to poverty alleviation.
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