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" Economics and Trade Branch: Priorities and Activities "
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Organisational Structure -

The Economics and Trade Branch (ETB) is one of the five branches within UNEP's Division of Technology, Industry and Economics.

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Objectives -

1. Enhance understanding of the environmental, social and economic impacts of trade liberalisation and the trade impacts of environmental policies and agreements.

2. Raise awareness and clarify the relationship of policy and decision-makers on the relationships between trade, environment and development.

3. Develop and assist countries in the use of assessment and incentive tools.

4. Enhance the capacities of countries in integrating environmental considerations into macroeconomic policies, including trade policies.

6. Strengthen coherence between Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) and the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

7. Enhance the role of the financial services sector in sustainable development.

Activities -


On major environment and trade issues and on practical ways to integrate these policies for sustainable development.

Capacity Building:

To enhance countries’ capacities to develop mutually supportive environment and trade policies.

Concensus Building:

Through raising awareness, consultation and dialogue. ETB finds areas of shared perception and approach among stakeholders.


To build synergies with other organisations working in the environment-trade domain.

Approach -

1. Work with national governments.

2. Involve national institutions and experts.

3. Participatory and country driven.

4. Practical and cost-effective.

5. Work closely with:

- The World Trade organisation (WTO).
- The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).
- Other relevant intergovernmental organisations.
- Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs).

dialogue between stakeholders.