Environment and Trade Hub

Trade, when accompanied by appropriate policies for the environment and society, can be a principal driver of the transition to an inclusive green economy.

Since 2002, the financial volume of international trade has more than tripled. Trade can open domestic production to larger and often completely new global markets for environmental goods and services, thereby encouraging or even providing the basis for investment and growth in green industries.

The 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda recognizes international trade and investment as key and cross-cutting means of imple­mentation for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The historical agreement reached at the COP21, also known as the Paris Climate Conference, opens a new chapter in the journey of tackling climate change and is expected to trigger actions that drive the development and diffusion of clean technologies and green transport. Global trade in environmental goods is presently estimated at USD 1 trillion annually and is projected to grow to USD 2-3 trillion by 2020.

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Why trade can save the planet, if we do it better

by Erik Solheim

In the Indian tech hub of Hyderabad, I recently visited an ultra-modern campus that is home to some of the country’s youngest and brightest minds who crank out code as part of the software…

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UN Environment’s trade work is vested in the belief that while the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda offers many oppor­tunities for sustainable trade, it cannot be achieved with­out balancing the rapid growth of international trade with environmental and social safeguards.

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For information on upcoming conferences, meetings and events related to environment and trade.

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Environment and Trade Hub
Resources and Markets Branch
UN Environment, International Environment House 1
Chemin des Anémones 15-17
1219-CH Chatelaine, Geneva