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UNEP-UNCTAD Capacity Building Task Force on Trade, Environment and Development

UNEP Economics and Trade Branch
International Environment House
11-13 chemin des Anémones
CH-1219 Châtelaine (Geneva)
(+41 22) 917 82 98
(+41 22) 917 80 76

Steven STONE (UNEP); Email:; Ulrich Hoffmann (UNCTAD): Tel: (+41 22) 917 57 80; Email:

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UNCTAD Trade, Environment and Development Section Palais des Nations CH-1211 Geneva 10

Tel 2: 
(+41 22) 917 57 80
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(+41 22) 917 02 47
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The UNEP-UNCTAD Capacity Building Task Force on Trade, Environment and Development (CBTF) is a collaborative initiative between the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) that was launched in 2000 in response to the expressed needs and demands of governments. The aim of the CBTF is to strengthen the capacities of developing countries and countries with economies in transition to address issues at the interface of trade, environment and development effectively.

Intergovernmental organizations
Directors: Hussein Abaza and Ulrich Hoffmann

Conceived to provide a dynamic mechanism to respond to the diverse needs of countries for technical assistance, the CBTF employs a collaborative partnership-based approach to capacity-building comprising the following integrated and complementary activities:

  • Country projects based on practical learning-by-doing exercises involving teams of national stakeholders to enhance countries' capacities to develop mutually supportive trade, environment and development policies;
  • Thematic research on major issues in the trade-environment-development domain and on practical approaches to address them sustainably;
  • Training to enhance the understanding of countries of the relationship and complementarities between trade, environment and development;
  • Policy dialogues and information exchange to facilitate awareness-raising, consultations and the exchange of perspectives between experts, practitioners and negotiators at the national, regional and international levels.

with the WTO, FAO, Secretariats of MEAs, regional economic commissions, IGOs, NGOs, regional and national organizations and trade agreements.


See the website.

trade & environment
capacity building