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Workshop on Capacity Building on Environment, Trade and Development
Geneva, Switzerland, 19-20 March 2002

At the recently concluded Fourth WTO Ministerial Conference in Doha, governments reaffirmed their commitment to sustainable development and mutually supportive trade and environment policies. They further stressed the "importance of technical assistance and capacity building in the field of trade and environment to developing countries", while welcoming continued cooperation between the WTO and UNEP. The decision taken in Doha to launch a new round of WTO negotiations on trade-related environment and development issues, further underscored the need for effective capacity building programmes.

There is a need to assess recent capacity building efforts on environment, trade and development and to identify gaps where improvements can be made, as well as enhance international cooperation for more effective capacity building. Towards this objective, UNEP and the WTO Secretariat are convening a Workshop on Capacity Building on Environment, Trade and Development in Geneva from 19 to 20 March 2002, prior to the WTO Committee on Trade and Environment Session scheduled for 21-22 March 2002. In organizing and convening this workshop UNEP and the WTO will work in close collaboration with MEAs, UNCTAD and relevant organizations involved in capacity building work.

The workshop aims to provide a forum for identifying capacity building activities needed to assist countries effectively engage in trade and environment negotiations, assess the environmental as well as the developmental implications of the WTO agreements, and develop and implement mutually supportive trade and environment policies. It is also intended that the meeting will result in proposed actions that can ensure better coordination and effectiveness of capacity building activities provided by intergovernmental and nongovernmental organizations.

To support the workshop, UNEP is preparing a survey to take stock of recent efforts to build capacity on environment, trade and development. An important element of the survey will be a synthesis summary of responses to a questionnaire on environment, trade and development capacity building that UNEP is distributing to organizations working on this important policy interface.

A detailed workshop agenda and the survey will be posted on this website by 11 March 2002.

NOTE: For more information about the workshop, please contact us.







Chairman's Summary
(in PDF, 181KB)

1. Annotated Agenda
(in PDF, 159KB)

2. Discussion Paper (in PDF, 444KB)

3. Questionnaire (in Word, 215KB)

4. List of Participants
(in PDF 113KB)