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UNCTAD BioTrade Initiative

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In 2018, UNCTAD with the support of the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs SECO began implementation of the Programme UNCTAD BioTrade Initiative - Linking trade, biodiversity and sustainable development. This programme builds partnerships to seize trade opportunities for linking biodiversity with sustainable development thereby advancing the implementation of the SDGs, particularly SDG 15 and 17.

UNCTAD’s BioTrade Initiative coordinates the programme in close collaboration with partners, including: MEAs Secretariats with CBD and CITES, International Trade Centre (ITC), Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation, Swiss Import Promotion Programme (SIPPO), the ABS Initiative, PhytoTrade-Africa, the Union for Ethical BioTrade (UEBT), Development Bank of Latin America (CAF), and national and regional BioTrade Programmes in South East Asia, Southern Africa, and Latin America, among others.

Through this programme, UNCTAD will steer, manage and actively collaborate with partners and other stakeholders to implement programme activities that focus on three specific areas:
1. Increased coordination and knowledge sharing among stakeholders;
2. Enabled policy environment for BioTrade companies at the national and international levels; and
3. Facilitated market linkages for companies selling BioTrade-related products.




Contact information
Country of activity:
Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar, {Burma}
Working language(s):
English, Spanish, French, Japanese
Expertise in Sustainability *:
Value chain
Monitoring & evaluation

Documents associated to this organization.

Title Author(s) Publisher Publication date Abstract
20 years of biotrade


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Not Specified UNCTAD BioTrade Initiative 2016 Twenty years ago, the BioTrade Initiative was launched as the UNCTAD response to implementing the 1992 Earth Summit’s Agenda 21, the blueprint for sustainable development action into the twenty-first century. The BioTrade Initiative facilitates and supports national, regional and international...
biotrade and access and benefit sharing: from concept to practice


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Not Specified UNCTAD BioTrade Initiative 2017 Since the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) was adopted in 1992, a new paradigm relating to the planet’s natural capital has emerged. Contrary to the widely accepted legal precept that biodiversity is a “common heritage of humanity”, individual States can now fully assert their exclusive...
blue biotrade


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UNCTAD BioTrade UNCTAD BioTrade Initiative 2017 This report explores Blue BioTrade as a new tool to promote sustainability and equity for marine based products and services


Users associated to this organization.

  • Lika Sasaki

    UNCTAD BioTrade Initiative

    Position: Programme Manager

    Working languages: English

    Skill Specialization: Communications

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