International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development
ICTSD is a non-profit civil-society organization which engages a broad range of actors in ongoing dialogue aimed at contributing to a better understanding of sustainable development concerns in the context of international trade.
By empowering stakeholders in trade policy through information, dialogue, well-targeted research and capacity-building, ICTSD seeks to influence the international trade system in ways that advance the goal of sustainable development. Its programmes include:
- a Communications and Information Programme, including the BRIDGES series of monthly and weekly publications;
- a Dialogues Programme, consisting of formal and informal meetings held in Geneva or at regional sites that convene representatives from governments, civil society, intergovernmental organizations and academia to exchange ideas and information on topics relevant to current discussions in the field;
- a Research Programme, encompassing training, research and services. This programme and its various issue areas (Environment, Agriculture, Services, Africa and Intellectual Property) focuses on raising and supporting a high level of interaction among stakehold- ers by drawing on the best human and academic resources to factor sustainable devel- opment into trade policy-making. It involves capacity-building and training initiatives for trade and sustainable development, and provides a Resource Centre, which offers a regularly updated online document search service containing the latest acquisitions in trade and sustainable development.
with a large numbers of NGOs, as well as with UN organizations.
ICTSD is the publisher of BRIDGES Between Trade and Sustainable Development© and BRIDGES Weekly Trade News Digest©. It co-publishes PUENTES entre el Comercio y el Desarollo Sostenible©, PASSERELLES entre le commerce et le développement durable© and PONTES Entre o Comércio e o Desenvolvimento Sustentável©, as well as commissioned studies on subjects ranging from the trade-related aspects of development concerns and agriculture to services, intellectual property rights and the environment.