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Policy and Strategy Documents
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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Policy and Strategy Documents
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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GRID Data Distribution Policy - GRID Information Series No. 17
United Nations Environment Programme, Global Environment Monitoring System

This GRID Data Release Policy statement describes the types of data which have been collected, the archive and the guidelines for release of the data.


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