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High-level Dialogue on Green Economy and Trade Calls for Global Action

Geneva (Switzerland), 8 May 2013 - A High-level Dialogue hosted by UNEP confirmed there is growing interest to accelerate global action on greening trade. UNEP report shows greening trade imperative for sustainable development

More than 150 people attended the event, which also marked the launch of the report Green Economy and Trade – Trends, Challenges and Opportunities, whose findings served as the basis for panellists to discuss the growing interconnection between international trade and the transition to a Green Economy.

Panellists participating in the dialogue included: UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner; WTO Director General Pascal Lamy; Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Peru to the United Nations and WTO Luis Enrique Chavez; Maldives Minister for Environment and Energy Maryiam Shakeela; Uganda Minister for Water and Environment Ephraim Kamuntu; UNCTAD Director of the Division on International Trade in Goods and Services, and Commodities Guillermo Valles; and, ICTSD Chief Executive Officer Ricardo Melendez-Ortiz. The Head of UNEP’s Trade, Policy and Planning Unit Anja von Moltke opened the session with a brief overview of the report, and the IISD’s Executive Director Mark Halle moderated the discussion.

Financially supported by the European Commission, the UNEP report finds that sustainable and responsible trade, while still relatively limited when compared to conventional trade, has eminently advanced over recent years.

Trade opportunities identified in the report include: access to sustainable global supply chains, particularly through business-to-business certification of sustainable practices and sustainability reporting initiatives; more efficient manufacturing practices leading to greater competitiveness on international markets; trade in certified products, such as organic agriculture, sustainable fisheries and forestry products; trade in environmental goods, such as in renewable energy technology; and trade in environmental services such as sustainability certification and tourism.

Prior to the dialogue, UNEP held a press conference at the United Nations on the new report. To view the highlights of the media coverage, click here.

To read a summary of the event, click here.

To download a copy of the report, click here.

More resources:

Article of Executive Director Achim Steiner on Green Trade

Photos of the Event