• Lead-organizer: United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)
  • 09:00 - 10:30
  • Date: 20 Jun 2012
  • Room: T-6

The trade dimension in the follow-up to the Rio plus 20 Summit

Organizing partners



The emergence of greener economies has been the consequence of several drivers including, increasing regulatory and policy changes put in place to deal with negative externalities, difficulties faced in responding to ever increasing demands over natural and energy inputs, changes in consumption patterns, corporate responses to environmental and social considerations, as well as competitiveness, efficiency and image variables.

In discussions leading the Rio+20 Conference, considerable political and negotiating efforts focused on the concerns that the green economy raises in trade contexts, for example: the emergence of green protectionist temptations and recent trade-related conflicts.

Opportunities are seen in the trade of environmental goods and services, higher investment levels and in the emergence of greener sectors in both developed and developing countries, such as organic agriculture, biodiversity based production, ecotourism and clean energy generation.

At the Rio+20 Summit, a shift in emphasis will start occurring from negotiations to the implementation of agreed outcomes. It is time to start exploring concrete proposals on innovative cooperation frameworks and capacity building initiatives by leading UN agencies and other assistance providers that will implement those outcomes.

Detailed programme


This side event aims to showcase UNCTAD┤s analytical work regarding the trade and development dimensions of the green economy, as well as its technical assistance and consensus building mechanisms to ensure a robust follow-up to the Rio+20 outcome. It will also discuss the establishment of a Global Forum on Green Economy and Trade and the value of the Product Space Methodology to map out a country's comparative advantage vis-Ó-vis dynamic green goods and services. The event will also provide a platform to facilitate expressions of interest and technical assistance calls and requests by donors and beneficiary countries, respectively, in relation to potential green products and services.


Mr. Supachai Panitchpakdi, Secretary-General of UNCTAD

Mr. Sha Zukang, Under-Secretary-General, UNDESA and Secretary General of Rio+20 Summit

Mr. Maurice F. Strong, Secretary General, Rio 1992 Summit

H.H. Ms. Sheikha Lubna Bint Khalid Al Qasimi, Minister for Foreign Trade, United Arab Emirates

Mr. Guillermo Valles, Director, Division on International Trade in Goods and Services, and Commodities, UNCTAD

Dr. Brendan Vickers, Head, Research and Policy, International Trade and Economic Development Division, Department of Trade and Industry, South Africa

Ms. Severn Cullis-Suzuki, Lead Youth Representative, Rio 1992 Summit

Mr. Aaron Cosbey, Associate and Senior Climate Change and Trade Advisor, International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)

*to be confirmed

Coffee and light breakfast served at 8:30am

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