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September 13, 2022 - Shamika Sirimanne and Ratnakar Adhikari

Vanuatu Shows How to Reduce Emissions Through Trade Facilitation

Vanuatu has emerged as a trailblazer in the Asia‑Pacific region in leveraging the benefits of trade facilitation through the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)’s Automated System for Customs Data (ASYCUDA) program. For over 40 years, ASYCUDA, which is UNCTAD’s largest technical assistance program, has helped customs offices around the world clear goods faster and increase the pace of trade. Vanuatu is one of only seven ASYCUDA countries worldwide, and the only one in the Pacific region, running a single-window system using ASYCUDA.

August 02, 2022 - Carolyn Deere Birkbeck

How can we harness aid for trade for a just transition to sustainable trade?

In 2022, WTO members have the opportunity to move forward on an aid for trade agenda that supports LDCs to tackle pressing challenges at the intersection of trade and sustainability. Given the massive trade-related challenges facing LDCs, the huge gap between needs and available support for a just transition to sustainable trade, and the urgency, scale, and impact of intersecting environmental crises in LDCs, mobilizing additional resources, investments, and partnerships is vital.

May 03, 2022 - Shehnaaz Moosa and Ekhosuehi Iyahen

The world of finance is waking up to the reality of climate change, but money still isn’t getting to the right places

Trade is a critical part of on the ground adaptation efforts that must also be considered, specifically local trade amongst small and medium enterprises which are impacted head-on by climate emergencies. We are seeing communities already vulnerable to shocks affected not only in terms of their resources getting destroyed or depleted but also due to a lack of support systems when this happens.

March 29, 2022 - David Daepp, Darryl Ikbal and Daniel Kalinaki

Local markets in Tuvalu offer trade lifeline on sinking Island

Isolated, Tuvalu turned to improving its internal trade. In October 2020 the Department of Business, with support from the Enhanced Integrated Framework, (EIF) launched the Tau Maketi (your market) initiative to help vulnerable small businesses play a more active role in Tuvalu’s domestic market and make up for diminished foreign demand.

March 08, 2022 - Annette Ssemuwemba, Apurva Mudliar and Peter Donelan

Women play a key role in fighting climate change

Women are 14 times more likely to die from a climate disaster than men. Despite being face-to-face with the problem, women are often not part of the solution.

November 09, 2021 - Alexander Kasterine

Counting carbon in the food export business

Alexander Kasterine explores how climate change concerns are changing market requirements for developing country food exporters

October 26, 2021 - Peter Donelan

How Aid for Trade can Complement Climate Finance

With climate change on everyone’s mind ahead of the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26), what are the key issues on the table for the world’s least developed countries (LDCs)?