Issues Brief 1 - Trade and Green Economy
UNCSD Secretariat and UNCTAD , 2011
by: United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA)

The potential trade risks of a transition to a green economy - protectionism, conditionality, subsidies - are issues of long standing and not unique to the green economy. The urgency of the global challenges which a green economy transformation is intended to address, and the scale of the actions being taken by many countries to build green economies, does however bring renewed focus to these risks.

The UNCSD Secretariat together with its partners has prepared a series of Rio+20 Issues Briefs. The purpose of the Rio+20 Issues Briefs is to provide a channel for policymakers and other interested stakeholders to discuss and review issues relevant to the objective and themes of the conference, including a green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication, as well as the institutional framework for sustainable development.

For overall information on the Rio+20 Issues Briefs, please contact Mr. David O'Connor, Chief, Policy Analysis and Networks Branch, Division for Sustainable Development at or Fax: + 1 212 963 4260.

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