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UNCTAD's key message for the World Wildlife Day

"I wish to express my strong support for the World Wildlife Day, the first of which is to be celebrated on 3 March 2014, 41 years to the day the CITES treaty was adopted. It presents a unique opportunity to remember and celebrate the world's diversity and multitude of flora and fauna, strengthen conservation of plants and animals in the wild which are key to the survival of life on earth, and ensure sustainable and legal trade that is non-detrimental to the species, and enhances livelihoods and incomes. At a time .... " Secretary-General Mr. Mukhisa Kituyi

Sustainability at the Intersection of Trade, Environment and Development. UNCTAD-CITES Side event to the Eighth Session of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals
1.15-2.45 pm, 5 February 2014, Conference Room E, UN Headquaters, New York

Registration. As a contribution to the Open Working Group discussions on biodiversity, UNCTAD, CITES and the OAS are organizing this side event with relevant stakeholders working on trade, environment and development.

It will enlighten UN and OAS member States on options to mainstream sustainable trade in biodiversity within the process leading to Post 2015 Development agenda.

e-Learning course on: Integrating REDD+ Projects into BioTrade Strategies

In order to build the capacity of BioTrade partitioners and policy makers in harnessing the joint benefits of REDD+ and BioTrade, the UNCTAD BioTrade Initiative with the support of the United Nations Development Account, has developed the e-Learning course on: Integrating REDD+ Projects into BioTrade Strategies. The course will be delivered in English and Spanish to a total of 50 participants from Latin America and Africa from 20 January to 15 February, 2014.

Participants will learn about key concepts and methodologies related to both BioTrade and REDD+. They will also develop their ability to identify synergies between REDD+ and BioTrade, as well as the capacity to assess the potential for combining the two approaches. Additionally, they will start building their capacity to develop and implement joint BioTrade and REDD+ projects through step by step guidelines.

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II BioTrade Congress: Synergies between trade, biodiversity, and climate change in the Post-2015 Development Agenda

The Second BioTrade Congress took place from 11 to 13 December 2013 in Geneva. It was opened by high level speakers which emphasized the integration of biodiversity and climate change strategies in the Post 2015 Development Agenda.​

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National workshops on Integrating REDD+ and BioTrade organized in Brazil, Colombia, and Ecuador

In the framework of the UN Development Account project "Strengthening the capacity of policy-makers and business leaders in three BioTrade beneficiary countries in integrating REDD+ projects into BioTrade strategies", the BioTrade initiative organized national workshops on 06 November in Bogota, Colombia, 12 November in Quito, Ecuador and 14 November in Manaus, Brazil.

These meetings aimed to disseminate and share experiences, as well as compile comments from key stakeholders regarding the opportunities and challenges to develop joint REDD+ and BioTrade strategies. They brought together close to one Hundred stakeholders from public and private sector, indigenous communities, academia, NGOs and cooperation agencies attended the workshops.

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What is BioTrade?


BioTrade refers to those activities of collection, production, transformation, and commercialization of goods and services derived from native biodiversity under the criteria of environmental, social and economic sustainability.

The BioTrade Initiative

Since its launch by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in 1996, the BioTrade Initiative has been promoting sustainable BioTrade in support of the objectives of the Convention on Biological Diversity. The Initiative has developed a unique portfolio of regional and country programmes. Since 2003 the BioTrade Initiative has also hosted the BioTrade Facilitation Programme (BTFP) which focuses on enhancing sustainable bio-resources management, product development, value adding processing and marketing. The BTFP complements the UNCTAD BioTrade Initiative activities. It is currently in its second phase (BTFP II) with various partners implementing its objectives.

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Latest Meetings

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29 April 2014 Veracruz, Mexico UNCTAD/CITES/PCP side event at the 27th Meeting of the CITES AC: Innovative initiatives for the sustainable management of CITES Appendix II listed species More
5 Feb 2014 New York, United States of America Sustainability at the Intersection of Trade, Environment and Development. UNCTAD-CITES Side event to the Eighth Session of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals More
06; 12; 14 and 28 Nov 2013 Bogota, Quito, Manaus, Colombia, Ecuador. Brazil National workshops on Integrating REDD+ and BioTrade More
20 Jan - 15 Feb Jan 2014 Global, Online e-Learning Course: Integrating REDD+ Projects into BioTrade Strategies More
11-13 Dec 2013 Geneva, Switzerland 2nd BioTrade Congress More
17-18 October 2013 Geneva, Switzerland Meeting on the Findings of the UNCTAD/CITES Traceability Scoping Study for Trade and Sustainable Sourcing of Python Skins More
24 September 2013 Luxembourg, Luxembourg Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Day More
12 June 2013 Geneva, Switzerland UNCTAD/CITES Information Session on Initial Findings on Traceability System for Reptiles More
12 March 2013 Bangkok, Thailand UNCTAD/CITES Roundtable on Traceability Systems at CITES COP 16 More