Capacity Building in Trade and Sustainable Development..
WSSD Johannesburg, 3 September 2002..
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Side event at the WSSD, Johannesburg organized by UNCTAD and UNEP in cooperation with the Common Fund for Commodities

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  Press release
Announcement (print version of agenda) Word 112 KB

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  • H.E. Dr. Surakiart Sathirathai, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Thailand
  • H.E. Jan Pronk, Special Envoy of UN Secretary General to WSSD


  • H.E. Professor Ioan Jelev, Secretary of State for Environmental Protection, Romania
  • H.E. Professor Edward Rugumaya, Minister of Trade, Uganda
  • H.E. Suivi-Anne Siimes, Minister for Development Cooperation, Finland
  • Mr. Koos Richelle, Director General, DG Development, European Commission
  • Mr. Rolf Boehnke, UN Under-Secretary General, Managing Director, Common Fund for Commodities
  • Mr. Shafqat Kakakhel, UN Assistant Secretary General, Deputy-Executive Director, UNEP
  • Mr. Rene Vossenaar, Chief, Trade, Environment and Development, UNCTAD
  • Mr. Hussein Abaza, Chief, Economics and Trade, UNEP
  • Mr. Jorge Vigano, Counselor, Trade and Environment, WTO


  • UNEP-UNCTAD Capacity Building Task Force on Trade Environment and Development (CBTF): expanding the programme and engaging new partners
  • Trade and the environment in the post-Doha context: maximizing the net development gains from trade and trade liberalization
  • Scope for enhancing coordination and cooperation among UNCTAD, UNEP and the WTO in building capacity on trade, environment and development
  • Special capacity building needs of economies in transition, small island developing states and the least developed countries
  • Enhancing contribution of the commodity sector to poverty alleviation and sustainable resource management
  • Improving the resource base and delivery of technical assistance: announcing new contributions, extending the technical and geographical scope of programmes, advancing new and innovative project ideas
  • Strengthening cooperation with regional and sub-regional organization in the implementation of the WSSD work programme.

Promoting Trade for Sustainable Development
UNCTAD's contribution to the WSSD, Word 99 KB

UNCTAD's special role within the United Nations system is to examine trade and environment issues from a development perspective. UNCTAD covers a large number of issues of particular interest to developing countries, ranging from support for their participation in multilateral trade negotiations to commodity diversification, the promotion of trade in environmentally preferable products and harnessing traditional knowledge for development and trade.

In carrying out its activities, UNCTAD works closely with a number of international organizations, including the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and civil society

CBTF project information pdf 141KB

CBTF and the Least Developed Countries
CBTF Country Projects in Indonesia and Lebanon
CBTF Workshops, Brussels, 21-22 February 2002
CBTF Training workshops, Havana & Hanoi
Capacity Building Task Force on Trade Environment and Development
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WSSD web-site
  Co-ordinators.. René Vossenaar.. tel +41 (0)22 917 5679
fax +41 (0)22 917 0247
  .. Alexey Vikhlyaev tel +41 (0)22 917 5618
fax +41 (0)22 917 0247
  Web.. Rafe Dent.. tel +41 (0)22 917 5791