March 2019

Trade in clean technologies offers opportunities in economic development, job creation and innovation

UN Environment, March 27, 2019
Trade in environmentally sound technologies can foster new industries, jobs, and income growth in developing countries, a new global study suggests.

EU urged to support local Fair Trade initiatives: ‘We see a willingness to buy sustainable and fair’

Food Navigator, March 21, 2019
The Fair Trade Advocacy Office has called on the European Commission and European Parliament to help boost the uptake of Fair Trade at a local level, which FTAO director Sergi Corbalán says could incite the food and beverage industry to source a larger amount of sustainably produced and fairly traded goods.

UN’s Asia-Pacific Trade And Investment Committee Convenes Amid Global Trade Uncertainty

Eurasia Review, March 14, 2019
In a year defined by retaliation and counter-retaliation, resulting in a trade impasse between the United States and China, more than half of the two nations’ bilateral trade has been impacted by succeeding escalating rounds of tariffs. Who is winning or losing depends on whom you ask, but regarding trade flows, it’s certainly neither of the leading contenders.

Youth prioritized as sustainable development innovators

UNCTAD, March 12, 2019
Issues impacting the youth – and solutions to tackle these – are at the forefront of UNCTAD’s innovative work with young people, and includes a massive Youth Forum, hosted every two years.

Sustainable trade as a means to protect biodiversity

UN Environment, March 6, 2019
Palm oil provides an important source of revenue in many low-income countries growing the crop, thus contributing to economic development. Also, as an incredibly efficient crop, palm oil supplies 35 per cent of the world’s vegetable oil demand on just 10 per cent of the land. However, as more palm oil is being produced, it requires more land to grow on. The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) estimates that expansion of oil palm plantations could affect 54 per cent of threatened mammals and 64 per cent of threatened birds globally.