Labour & the environment

Background paper • Briefing note


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IGOs • NGOs • WILL 2006

United Nations Conference on Trade and Development

UNCTAD promotes the development-friendly integration of developing countries into the world economy. The topics of labour and environment often arise in the work programmes of UNCTAD but rarely together. There are, however, some areas of particular relevance.

The BioTrade Initiative

Biotrade refers to those activities of collection, production, transformation, and commercialisation of goods and services derived from native biodiversity under the criteria of environmental, social and economic sustainability. Particularly in the context of the Convention on Biological Diversity, UNCTAD's work on biotrade focuses on sustainable business development and by implication sustainable job creation in biodiversity-rich developing countries.

Trade, Environment & Development

The UNCTAD programme on environment covers a broad range of topics many of which have linkages to labour issues.

UNCTAD's latest Trade and Environment Review focuses on environmental and health standards and points out that these have an influence on employment:

Trade and Environment Review 2006