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International Trade Centre

ITC
International Trade Centre
54-56 rue de Montbrillant
CH-1202 Geneva
Tel: 
(+41 22) 730 01 11
Fax: 
(+41 22) 733 44 39
Contact: 

Alexander Kasterine, Division of Product and Market Development, Tel: (+41 22) 730 02 92, Email: kasterine@intracen.org

Description

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.

Organization: 
Intergovernmental organizations
Established: 
1964
Staff: 
200
Chief/Director: 
Executive Director: Patricia Francis
Activities: 

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.
Publications: 

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.

Keywords: 
agriculture & fisheries
climate change
trade & environment
standards
conservation
capacity building
business & environment
information systems
poverty
economic instruments
gender
population
forests
sustainable tourism