Status of initiative: N/a
Description/achievement of initiative

Enhance human and institutional capacity of developing countries to deal with issues arising at the intersection of trade liberalization, environmental protection and economic development. The overall aim is to assist beneficiary countries in developing mutually supportive policies that would maximize the net benefits of trade for sustainable development. It also seeks close correlation with the Doha Work Programme as well as the related technical assistance programme administered by the WTO secretariat.

CBTF II is meant as the main vehicle for capacity building activities by UNCTAD and UNEP in trade, environment and development in support of the decisions to be taken by the WSSD. It has a regional emphasis, which accords with the expected outcomes of WSSD with regard to implementation of its work programme.

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Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer

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Government 36 countries (unspecified)

Major Groups:
Environmental and developmental NGOs ()
Pirvate sector (unspecified) ()

UN System:
UNEP-UNCTAD Capacity Building Task Force (Switzerland)
World Trade Organization (WTO) (Switzerland)
Regional Economic and Social Commissions ()
Other intergovernmental organizations:
Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) ()

Academia (unspecified) ()

Sustainable Development Goals and targets
Resources devoted to implementation
This initiative does not yet fulfil the SMART criteria.
Date of completion: 2005-12-31
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