Environmental Requirements and Market Access: Turning Challenges into Opportunities

Geneva, Switzerland, 03 October 2007

The UNEP-UNCTAD Capacity-Building Task Force on Trade, Environment and Development is pleased to announce its symposium on “Environmental Requirements and Market Access: Turning Challenges into Opportunities”. The symposium will be held on 3rd October 2007 at the International Conference Centre Geneva (Meeting Room 5-6, 17 rue de Varembe, 1211 Geneva). Registration will open at 08.00 am and the symposium will start at 09:30 am.

The symposium, which will be organized back to back with the WTO’s Public Forum from 4 to 5 October 2007, will discuss both the challenges and opportunities for market access for developing countries offered by environmental standards and technical requirements in organic agriculture and electrical and electronic goods.


Documents and Presentations

  Title Author File    
  Final Agenda Secretariat  
  List of participants Secretariat  
  Concluding Remarks Secretariat  
  Leaflet Secretariat  
  Logistics, Information Note Secretariat  
  Opening Remarks made by Mr. Shafqat Kakakhel, Deputy Executive Director of UNEP Secretariat  
  Opening Remarks made by Mrs. Lakshmi Puri, Acting Deputy Secretary-General of UNCTAD Secretariat  
  Opening Remarks made by, Mr. Harsha V. Singh, Deputy Director-General, WTO .  
  Opening Statement by Mr. Paulo De Mesquita, Minister Counsellor of the Permanent Mission of Brazil .  
  Opening Statement by Ms. Katharina Kummer Peiry, Executive Secretary, Secretariat of the Basel Convention/UNEP .  
  Opening Statement by Ambassador Eckart Guth, Permanent Delegation of the European Commission .  
  Sector Background Note – Organic Agriculture .  
  Sector Background Note – Electrical and Electronic Equipment .  
  Session I - Organic Production and Trade: Contributions, opportunities, challenges and constraints Ms Echeverría  
  Session I - Development of the East African Organic Products Standards: Unfolding trading opportunities within and out side the region Mr Musa.K. Muwanga  
  Session I - Organic Production in Rwanda Mr George Kayonga  
  Session II - EU developments in the sector of electrical and electronic equipment Mr Kurt van der Herten  
  Session II - Main Concerns & Key Challenges facing Developing Countries: Focus on the Situation in India Mr R Goel  
  Session II - Electric and electronic goods in Thailand: adjusting to environmental directives Mr C Hengrasmee  
  Final report Secretariat  


  Name Telephone Fax Email    
  Asad Naqvi +41 (0)22 917 8620 +41 (0)22 917 8076 asad.naqvi@unep.ch    
  Ulrich Hoffmann +41 (0)22 917 5780 +41 (0)22 917 0247 ulrich.hoffmann@unctad.org