Lunchtime Briefing for Geneva-based Delegates in conjunction with the UNCTAD Trade and Development Board

Geneva, Switzerland, 24 Sept 2008

The UNEP-UNCTAD CBTF: working as one UNRepresentatives from the European Union and Austria, the main donors for the first and second rounds of the CBTF East African Organic Initiative, are pleased with the impact their funds have generated
This briefing is an opportunity to share with our member States highlights of UNCTAD's analytical action-orientated work on organic agriculture as a trade and sustainable development opportunity for developing countries. The work has focused around two international partnerships for sustainable development:
• UNEP-UNCTAD Capacity Building Task Force on Trade, Environment and Development (CBTF), and
• UNCTAD-FAO-IFOAM International Task Force on Harmonization and Equivalence in Organic Agriculture (ITF).

These partnerships extend to the operational level and are having a real impact on the world. The briefing will feature:
CBTF
• Key results of CBTF work on Organic Agriculture in East Africa, including
1. Launch of new CBTF study: Organic Agriculture and Food Security in Africa
2. Inform about the East African Organic Products Standard
3. Give an overview of future activities
ITF
• Key results of six years of ITF work, including the two just finalized ITF tools (EquiTool and International Requirements for Organic Certification Bodies) that will facilitate achieving equivalence among organic standards.
• Announcement of the 8th and final ITF meeting to be hosted by UNCTAD in Geneva, 6-7 October 2008. All delegates, public and press are invited to the ITF High Level Public Session slated for 3.30 - 5.30 on 7th October, followed by an organic reception (see http://www.unctad.org/trade_env/ITF-organic/itf8.asp).


Documents and Presentations

  Title Author File    
  List of participants Secretariat  
  Opening Remarks made by Mrs. Lakshmi Puri, Acting Deputy Secretary-General of UNCTAD Secretariat  
  UNEP-UNCTAD CBTF: Promoting Production and Trading Opportunities for Organic Agricultural Products Secretariat  
  International Task Force on Harmonisation and Equivalence in Organic Agriculture (ITF) Secretariat  
  Summary Secretariat  

Coordinators

  Name Telephone Fax Email    
  Sophia Twarog +41 (0)22 917 5082 +41 (0)22 917 0247 sophia.twarog@unctad.org    
  Asad Naqvi +41 (0)22 917 8620 +41 (0)22 917 8076 asad.naqvi@unep.ch