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Trade and Environment Briefings: Environmental Services - Policy Brief 7
United Nations Environment Programme, International Trade Center (ITC), International Center for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD)

The market for environmental services is substantial and growing, driven in part by increasing environmental regulation and changing consumer preferences. If well managed, liberalisation of trade in environmental services can provide substantial benefits to the private sector as well as the general public through enhanced market opportunities, improved health and environmental sustainability, particularly in developing countries.


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Innovative Solutions for the Environmental Dimension of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development - SDG Policy Brief No. 007 May 2019
United Nations Environment Programme

The global environmental governance framework is not keeping pace with the rate of change that is driving environmental degradation and climate change. Innovative solutions are required to accelerate the transition towards sustainable societies and achieve the development pathway set out in Agenda 2030. Innovation is required to better monitor the state of the environment and understand the drivers, for improved data collection, sharing, and analysis to assess progress towards the SDGs.


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Trade in Environmentally Sound Technologies: Implications for Developing Countries - Policy Brief
United Nations Environment Programme

Environmentally sound technologies (ESTs) are technologies that have the potential to significantly improve environmental performance relative to other technologies. They are not just individual technologies but can also refer to total systems that include know-how, procedures, goods and services, equipment, as well as organizational and managerial procedures for promoting environmental sustainability. Examples include technologies related to renewable energy, waste management and pollution management.


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Trade and Environment Briefings: Sustainability Standards for Consumer Goods - Policy Brief 8
United Nations Environment Programme, International Trade Center (ITC), International Center for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD)

Sustainability standards have emerged in the marketplace for food, textiles and a wide range of consumer goods and services over the last 25 years, and their role continues to grow, particularly in emerging markets. Standards provide consumers with information and assurance about the environmental impact of production and so help build value into certified goods and services. By providing information on environmental benefits otherwise not priced in the value chain, sustainability standards and certification have a key role to play in helping developing countries transition to a green economy. However, many developing countries are concerned that these standards can be potential non-tariff barriers to trade.


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Message from UNEP Symposium on Plastic Waste Problems to G20 Osaka Summit and G20 Ministerial Meeting
United Nations Environment Programme

The International Environmental Technology Centre of the United Nations Environment Programme organized a UNEP Symposium on Plastic Waste Problems on 22nd May 2019 in Osaka, Japan. The Symposium shared information of the current status of plastic waste issues and expertise on good practices to manage plastic waste in an environmentally sound way and premised on the need for environmentally sound management of plastic waste in order to solve the marine litter problems. In the end, the Symposium produced a message to G20 Osaka Summit (28-29 June 2019) and passed the message to the Government of Japan.


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