International Trade Forum

Magazine available in three languages focuses on trade development for developing and transition economics. It analyzes trends, opportunities, provides views from trade development experts and reports on International Trade Forum events and services.

Articles from No. 1, 2010

A Bottom-Up Approach Low-Carbon Energy Transition in Developing Countries
The world's rapidly growing demand for resources, influenced by high growth rates and urbanization in countries such as China, India and Indonesia, is resulting in higher overall commodity prices, particularly for fuels. Yet there are technologies available...
A Case for Climate Neutrality
In A Case for Climate Neutrality: Case Studies on Moving Towards a Low-Carbon Economy, participants of the United. Nanons Environment Programme (UNEP) Climate. Neu trai Network (CN Net) shared the. challenges, rewards and occasional frustrations involved...
Advancing the Trade and Climate Change Agenda
As countries grapple with the challenges of integrating economic interests with the management of climate change, trade and environmental policy have become increasingly entwined in the ongoing negotiations.International trade as a share of world gross...
Carbon Offsetting a Finance Mechanism for Energy Projects
Options for offsetting carbon emissions from our lives are numerous. Is offsetting really working or is it only calming our eco-conscience? The Swiss non-profit organization myclimate explains how its offsetting projects work in practice.More and more...
Climate Change and the Coffee Industry
THE INTERNATIONAL COFFEE ORGANIZATION CONSIDERS THAT CLIMATE CHANGE WILL BE ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT FACTORS AFFECTING FUTURE GLOBAL COFFEE PRODUCTION, WITH SMALLHOLDERS THE MOST VULNERABLE GROUP.An excerpt from wwwUiecoffeegmde.org -an ITC publicationRising...
Climate Neutrality, between Wishes and Reality the Itc Experience
Reducing carbon emissions and mitigating climate change are high on the global agenda and, as a development agency, ITC has embarked on the path to climate neutrality.Environmental sustainability is one of the Millennium Development Goals and one of...
Counting Carbon in Exports Carbon Footprinting Initiatives and What They Mean for Exporters in Developing Countries
Science has delivered a grim message. Reduce emissions of greenhouse gases by 90 per cent in the next 30 years or risk catastrophic climate change. The private sector and governments are taking their own initiatives to reduce the carbon footprint of...
Directory
Online resources for the latest climate change news, updates, publications and practical tools.01 Gateway to the UN's work on climate changeThe UN portal on climate change offers comprehensive information about the work in progress throughout the UN...
Forests and Climate Change
Almost 20 per cent of the world's carbon emissions come from deforestation. The carbon stored in forest biomass, deadwood, litter and soil together is more than all the carbon in the atmosphere, making forests one of the world's chief carbon sinks.In...
From Organic Waste to Clean Energy in India
MY CLIMATEIn the foothills of the Himalayas in northern India, a project run by myelinate, a Swiss non-governmental organization, is creating new jobs and income opportunities, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions through new technology.In the state...
Globalization in the Era of Environmental Crisis
OUR WORLD IS UNSUSTAINABLE RIGHT NOW IN THE WAY IT OPERATES. OUR INCIPIENT MACROECONOMIC RECOVERY IS VERY FRAGILE AND WILL BE UNSUSTAINABLE UNLESS WE HAVE WHAT WE PROMISED WE WOULD HAVE BUT DO NOT YET HAVE - A GREEN RECOVERY. WE WILL NOT EVEN BE ABLE...
Green Technologies: Opportunites for South-South Trade
Climate change and broader environmental concerns have, as yet, had only a relatively minor impact on shaping the direction of economic growth in South-East Asia. However, prospects for change are expanding with growing global concern and increasing...
How to Stay Competitive in the World of Carbon Restrictions Solutions for Developing Countries
Developed countries bound by emission reduction commitments under the Kyoto Protocol, and expecting even stricter emissions targets, have begun to introduce capand-trade and carbon tax systems. These raise production costs and undermine competitiveness,...
Innovations in Eco-Packaging to Reduce Emissions
WRITESJacky Charbonneau, Chief, Enterprise Competitiveness Section, ITCInterview by Trade Forum EditorialWhat are the objectives of ecp-packaging initiatives?From an environmental standpoint, ecopackaging" "avoids depletion of non-renewable, resources,...
Letter from the International Trade Centre
Climate change is the major, overriding global issue of our time and the single greatest challenge we face. It is a growing crisis with not only environmental concerns but economic, health and safety, food production, security and, of course, trade dimensions....
On the Climate Change Front Line
GLOBAL MARKETS OFFER A VITAL BUFFER FOR ISOLATED PACIFIC FAMILIESExperts believe that climate change will hit countries in the Pacific islands first, as the low-lying island countries there have fewer barriers against the more extreme weather and predicted...
WTO Negotiations on Environmental Goods: Ensuring a Meaningful Outcome for Developing Countries
Negotiations on liberalizing trade in Environmental Goods and Services (EGS) began with the launch of the Doha Round. Paragraph 31(iii) of the Doha mandate, agreed by all WTO members in 2001, calls for a reduction or elimination of tariffs and non-tariff...