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Geneva Green Guide

UNEP Economics & Trade Branch

UNEP/ETB
Economics & Trade Branch (UNEP/ETB)
International Environment House
11-13 chemin des Anémones
CH-1219 Châtelaine (Geneva)
Tel: 
(+41 22) 917 86 16
Fax: 
(+41 22) 917 80 76
Email: 
Contact: 

Leigh-Ann Hurt

Description

The Branch examines the ways in which economics, trade and finance interact with the environment at local, regional and global levels and how these linkages in turn affect development.

Organization: 
Intergovernmental organizations
Established: 
1992
Staff: 
12
Chief/Director: 
Steven Stone
Activities: 

The Branch’s primary mission is to help countries integrate environmental considerations into development planning and macro-economic policies, including trade policies. It undertakes activities to:

  • enhance understanding of the environmental, social and economic impacts of trade liberalization and the trade impacts of environmental policies and agreements;
  • clarify the linkages between trade, environment and development;
  • raise the awareness of policy- and decision-makers on the relationships between trade, environment and development;
  • develop, and assist countries in the use and application of, assessment and incentive tools, including impact assessment, valuation, natural resource accounting and economic instruments;
  • enhance the capacities of countries, particularly developing countries and countries with economies in transition, to integrate environmental considerations into macro-economic policies, including trade policies; and
  • enhance synergies between MEAs and the WTO.
Cooperation: 

with the WTO, UNCTAD, Multilateral Environment Agreements (MEAs), NGOs, international organizations and national governments.

Keywords: 
trade & environment
capacity building
economic instruments