International Trade and Sustainable Development: Post-2015 Development Agenda Briefing Series

Brief
Date period
24 June 2014

International trade, when well regulated within coherent policy frameworks, can make an important contribution to sustainable development. Trade and trade policy have thus been a recurring theme in the debate around a global Post-2015 Development Agenda. In the Rio+20 outcome document, ‘The Future We Want,’ UN members acknowledge the importance of an enabling environment for sustainable development and international cooperation, including with respect to trade policy. The ‘zero draft’ of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and targets released on 2 June 2014 by the Co-Chairs of the United Nations General Assembly’s Open Working Group on SDGs referenced a number of trade policy measures, including as means of implementation to support progress towards goals around ending hunger, sustainable and inclusive economic growth, and ending poverty.

The Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals was established by the United Nations General Assembly to provide recommendations for a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as part of the Post-2015 Development Agenda. ICTSD’s Post-2015 Development Agenda Briefing Series, based on submissions to the Open Working Group, summarises research on the role of trade in meeting sustainable development objectives, including addressing the challenges of climate change and sustainable fisheries, and through Aid for Trade.