International Trade Centre
ITC is the joint technical cooperation agency of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the WTO for business aspects of trade development.
ITC’s goal is to help developing and transition economies to achieve sustainable human development through exports, with an emphasis on competitiveness. On environmental matters, ITC’s work covers the following areas:
- technical assistance to the environmental institutions that also play a part in trade pro- motion. By raising awareness and improving their coordination and research capabili- ties, ITC helps them to advocate more effectively for integrating environmental aspects into national strategy;
- export promotion of “green” products and services through advisory services and mar- ket analysis of sectors including organic food; spices and herbs; rubber; jute and coconut fibers; medicinal plants; sustainably produced wood products and artisanal products; and environmental services and technologies;
- eco-trade information through specialized databases for eco-standards; new process and production requirements; green packaging; eco-labelling; prices of environmentally preferable products; and supply sources for environmentally supportive products, technologies and services. ITC’s online market analysis tools, Trade Maps, highlight environmental trade barriers on countries’ exports.
World Market for Organic Wild Collected Products (2007); Marketing Manual and Web Directory for Organic Spices, Herbs and Essential Oils (2006); World Markets in the Spice Trade 2000-2004 (2006); The US and Canadian Market for Organic Food and Beverages (2004); Environmental Industries - Country profile - Trade Opportunities, Germany (2004). See the website.