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ENVIRONMENT: TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE

Technical assistance

WTO technical assistance on trade and the environment aims to help developing countries participate more effectively in the work of the Trade and Environment Committee and in the negotiations. All technical assistance activities include information on both the regular work of the Trade and Environment Committee and the different aspects of the Doha Round negotiations related to trade and the environment.

Topics handled by WTO committees and agreements


Advanced course on trade and the environment back to top

The Advanced Course on Trade and Environment takes place every 2 years at the WTO headquarters in Geneva. Government officials from LDCs, developing countries and economies in transition are selected to participate in the two-week course, whose main objective is to consolidate their knowledge on trade and environment issues and facilitate their participations in the work of the WTO Committee on Trade and Environment.

A wide range of environment-related topics are discussed, such as environmental requirements and market access, disputes involving environmental issues, environmental technologies, environmental provisions in regional trade agreements as well as trade and climate change. Past activities included contributions from several international experts (ACWL, Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions Secretariat, CBD, CITES, GEN, ICTSD, IISD, ISO, ITC, Minamata Convention Interim Secretariat, OECD, UNCTAD, UNECE, UNEP, UNFCCC, WBCSD, WIPO, WMO).

 

Latest advanced courses back to top

Activities

Date

2014 Advanced Course

> Programme

24 March – 4 April 2014

2012 Advanced Course

> Programme

16-27 April 2012

 

Regional seminars on trade and the environment    back to top

The WTO’s regional seminars on trade and the environment are for developing countries and economies in transition. They have been organized by the WTO Secretariat since 1998.

The immediate objective is to raise awareness on the linkages between trade, the environment and sustainable development, to promote greater dialogue between trade and environment policy makers and to make it easier for member governments within a region to share their experiences.

Programmes are tailored to the interests of each region and are designed to ensure the participants engage fully.

Other organizations also take part in the seminars so that participants can benefit from their expertise. Since 1999 the WTO Secretariat has invited experts from the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the Secretariats of multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs).

 

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Beneficiary region

 

Date

Asia and Pacific Economies
co-organized with UNESCAP
(Host: Indonesia)

> Programme

17-19 September 2013

Caribbean Countries
co-organized with the ADB and the CARICOM Secretariat
(Host: Jamaica)

> Programme 15-17 January 2013
Latin America
(Host: Mexico)
> Programme

27-29 September 2011

  

National workshops on trade and the environment    back to top

National workshops on trade and the environment are undertaken in response to requests from member governments. Programmes of these events are discussed with the beneficiary government and tailored to respond to specific needs.   

 

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Beneficiary country

Date

Ecuador

> Programme

7-8 November 2013

Gabon

> Programme

28-29 August 2013

Peru

> Programme

6-7 May 2013

Paraguay

> Programme

4-5 November 2012

Angola

> Programme

28-29 May 2012

Uganda

> Programme

24-25 November 2011

Mexico

> Programme

27 September 2011

 

WTO Chair Programme    back to top

The WTO Chairs Programme aims to support and promote trade-related academic activities by universities and research institutions in developing and least-developed countries. Academic institutions awarded WTO Chairs receive support in the following areas: course preparation, teaching, research and outreach activities. More info...

  

Latest WTO Chairs activities on trade and the environment    back to top

Beneficiary institution

Date

Shanghai University of International Business and Economics (SUIBE)

> Programme

06-17 July 2014

Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO) Argentina

> Programme

12-14 September 2013

 

Side-events    back to top

The WTO Secretariat uses the opportunity of the Conference of the Parties of relevant MEAs to brief officials about current discussions in the trade policy area. This is aimed at increasing the coordination between the trade and environment communities.
  

Trade policy courses and introductory courses    back to top

Along with all the other subjects covered by the WTO, trade and the environment is routinely included in the trade policy courses and introductory courses in Geneva, as well as in WTO trade policy courses held regionally around the world.

  

Technical assistance discussions in the CTE    back to top

The importance of technical assistance and capacity building in the field of trade and environment to developing countries, in particular the least-developed among them was recognized in paragraph 33 of the DDA. Under this item, Members and observer organizations are to report on trade and environment related technical assistance and capacity building in the CTE. Delegations, whether as donors or recipients, have been encouraged to exchange information on these activities.

 
 Trade and Environment E-learning 

WTO E-Learning courses are part of the WTO Progressive Learning Strategy and aimed at promoting higher levels of Learning.

The E-Learning course on trade and environment reviews the WTO discussions, including negotiations, on trade and environment, and how WTO rules intersect with environmental policies.

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