30 April 2014

New rules and better information on farm trade are needed so governments can improve food security in the face of emerging threats such as climate change, a group of international experts has found.

24 January 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Over a dozen WTO members - including the US, EU, and China - announced today in Davos, Switzerland a commitment to achieve "global free trade" in environmental goods, with plans to eventually launch formal negotiations. The International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) has worked closely with lead participants over the past several months as they prepared to kick-off this process.

4 December 2013

BALI, INDONESIA - Incorporating sustainable development into the multilateral trading system is crucial to the successful future of the system, attendees at a major side event being held on the sidelines of the WTO's Ninth Ministerial Conference heard today.

3 December 2013

BALI, INDONESIA - The Bali Trade and Development Symposium (TDS) kicked-off today amidst continuing uncertainty on the outcome of the WTO's Ninth Ministerial Conference. In keeping with the current Bali mood, the opening session of the major Ministerial side event discussed the future of a world trade system in flux, with global trade experts sharing their insights on the future of the shifting international trading system.

25 February 2013

Press Release

For immediate release, 25 February 2013

Faster patent processing fuels growth of green tech

New study finds that faster patent examination supports growth of clean tech industry

GENEVA – Programmes to fast-track green patent applications accelerate the diffusion of green technologies, a new study finds.

3 December 2012

30 November 2012

Trade diplomats and practitioners from 13 Asian economies participated this week in a workshop on WTO dispute settlement in New Delhi.

Hosted by the Centre for WTO Studies at the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (CWS/IIFT), the workshop unites practical WTO litigation training and exchanges of experiences on the domestic needs and challenges that often characterise engagement in WTO dispute settlement.

28 November 2012

DOHA, QATAR - A diverse group of organisations attending UNFCCC COP 18 are creating an initiative aimed at reducing trade barriers to boost access to energy and help mitigate greenhouse gas emissions. The Sustainable Energy Trade Initiative (SETI) Alliance will be launched by the International Centre of Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) on 30 November in Doha, Qatar, at an event co-sponsored by the Green Growth Action Alliance and the World Economic Forum.

15 June 2012

Rio+20 Trade and Sustainable Development Symposium
Tuesday, 19 June 2012 - 8:30 to 20:00
Rio Othon Palace, Copacabana (Rio de Janeiro)

9 May 2012

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THREE ORGANIZATIONS COLLABORATE TO HELP DEVELOPING COUNTRIES HANDLE TRADE LITIGATION
Officials from 26 developing countries are exploring new ways of handling legal disputes in trade in a week-long event organized jointly by three Geneva organizations, starting on 30 April 2012.

The event, co-organized by the World Trade Organization (WTO), International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) and Advisory Centre on WTO Law (ACWL), is in two parts.

13 October 2011

The first gathering of the Global Green Growth Forum (3GF) announced the launch on Wednesday 12 October of a number of public-private collaborative initiatives, including the pursuit of an international agreement aimed at ensuring policy frameworks that enable trade in sustainable energy goods and services.

Initiated and hosted by the Danish government, the gathering brought together government representatives, over 50 global corporate leaders, and leading civil society organisations.

20 July 2011

Press Release

For immediate release, 20 July 2011

Geneva, Switzerland – Buy-local requirements in green energy promotion with a double aim to tackle carbon emissions and stimulate local manufacturing and job creation could run afoul of WTO rules, a new study by ICTSD finds. The first ever climate change-related WTO dispute started today in full, with the organization establishing a panel to hear a case over renewable energy generation.

10 December 2010

Linking EU farm subsidies to goals such as environmental protection could help farmers in poor countries, a new study says - although much would depend on the size of the payments and how they are made.

8 December 2010

Cancun, Mexico, 8 December 2010 - A new study launched today at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP16), From Collision to Vision: Climate Change and World Trade, will form an integral part of today's symposium organized by the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development in Cancún, Mexico.