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Division on International Trade and Commodities
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VOLUNTARY PEER REVIEW: THAILAND

Voluntary Peer Review of Consumer Protection Law and Policy: Thailand

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12 Aug 2022
General Assembly resolution 70/186 mandates the Intergovernmental Group of Experts on Consumer Protection Law and Policy to conduct voluntary peer reviews on consumer protection law and policy. The purpose of voluntary peer reviews in this field is to provide an external and independent assessmen...
REFLECTNG SUSTAINBLTY STNDARD

Reflecting on Sustainability Standards

Trade and the Sustainability Crisis

12 May 2022
This paper summarizes the Voluntary Sustainability Standards’ (VSS) Academic Advisory Council Roundtables. The roundtables aimed to foster the debate on the possibilities and limitations of sustainability standards as tools to environmental, social and economic sustainability. They were jointly o...
CLIM RSILNT FINFSH MGMT PLN BELIZE

Towards a Climate Resilient Multispecies Finfish Management Plan for Belize

27 Jun 2022
This document details a proposal for a national adaptive multispecies finfish management plan for Belize. The plan’s development and implementation are initiatives of the Belize Fisheries Department, in compliance with the provisions of the Fisheries Resources Act of 2020 and in accordance with t...
KEY STAT TREND INTL TRADE 2021

Key Statistics and Trends in International Trade 2021

The Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on International Trade

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Key Statistics and Trends in International Trade
8 Jun 2022
Key Statistics and Trends in International Trade is a yearly publication. It is a product of the Trade Analysis Branch, Division on International Trade and Commodities (DITC), UNCTAD secretariat. This publication monitors the trends of international trade in goods and services in the medium term....
KEY STAT TRENDS TRADE POLICY 2021

Key Statistics and Trends in Trade Policy 2021

The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Tariff Concessions

Series:
Key Statistics and Trends in Trade Policy
1 Jun 2022
Key Statistics and Trends in Trade Policy is a yearly publication of the Trade Analysis Branch, Division on International Trade and Commodities (DITC), UNCTAD secretariat. The main purpose of this publication is to inform on the use and effects of a wide range of trade policies influencing intern...
ACS CON ESNTL SRVC ENRG WTR SANT

Access by Consumers to Essential Services: Energy, Water and Sanitation

29 Jul 2022
The present report aims to provide policy makers with background on the emerging trends and considerations as well as policy options, focusing on the key requirements for inclusive and affordable access. Following this introduction, chapter two provides an overview of the international policy fra...
CROSS-BRDER TRADE PANDEMC ENVRNMNT

Cross-Border Trade in the Pre- and Post-Pandemic Environment

Evidence from Malawi, the United Republic of Tanzania and Zambia

2 Jun 2022
Since 2016, UNCTAD has been working to support women in informal cross-border trade in sub-Saharan Africa, carrying out analytical, capacity-building and policy advocacy activities. This report describes the results of an impact assessment of the capacity-building activities that UNCTAD conducted...
COMMODITIES AT A GLANCE - BAMBOO

Commodities at a Glance

Special Issue on Bamboo

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Commodities at a Glance
10 May 2022
The report on Bamboo provides information on the historical uses of bamboo and an analysis of the physical and mechanical properties of bamboo. It also highlights the opportunities and challenges for using bamboo as a building material.
NON-TARIFF MEASURES GENDER LENS

Neutral Policies, Uneven Impact

Non-tariff Measures Through a Gender Lens

27 Jun 2022
Non-tariff measures (NTMs) are trade policy measures designed to achieve public policy objectives such as protecting public health, consumer safety, and the environment. While NTMs often bear high trade costs such as having high information, implementation, and compliance cost, they are usually ...
DIGITALISATN SERVICES TRADE DEVEL

Digitalisation of Services: What Does It Imply to Trade and Development?

2 Jun 2022
Digital technologies have driven a paradigm shift in how services are supplied and consumed across borders. On the supply side, new data networks, digital tools, and platforms enable services providers to transform the modes of services supply and expand their customer base beyond their national ...
CREATVE INDSTRY 4.0 GLOBAL ECON

Creative Industry 4.0: Towards A New Globalized Creative Economy

2 Jun 2022
The report looks at the implications for the Creative Economy of the rapid changes in automated technology and advanced internet communication that came to be known as Industry 4.0. Conservative estimates put the creative economy’s contribution to global gross domestic product at about 3 per cent...
COVID IMPACT ENTRPR MARKET POLICY

The Covid 19 Pandemic Impact on Micro, Small and Medium Sized Enterprises

Market Access Challenges and Competition Policy

8 Apr 2022
Competition and market access challenges are being faced by Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs) around the world as they seek to deal with the impact of COVID-19 on their operations. This publication is prepared within the Development Account project on COVID 19 and the resurgence o...
IMPCT CVD19 OCN ECON TRD STRGY

Impact and Implications for the Ocean Economy and Trade Strategy

Case Studies From Barbados, Belize and Costa Rica

23 Mar 2022
This study looks at the impact of COVID-19 on key economy sectors and their governance, with a specific focus on three countries: Barbados, Belize, and Costa Rica. It analyses the impacts of COVID-19, the measures undertaken, the lessons learned, and future opportunities. It is divided into three...
TRADE GENDER NEXUS DEV OVERV (F)

Lien entre le commerce et le genre dans une perspective de développement

Un bref aperçu: Concepts, définitions et cadres analytiques

3 Jun 2022
Cette publication présente un aperçu du lien entre le commerce et le genre dans une perspective de développement. Il examine les conséquences du commerce international pour l'autonomisation économique et le bien-être des femmes et l'impact de l'inégalité entre les sexes sur le commerce. Après une...
TRADE GENDER NEXUS DEV OVERV

Looking at the Trade and Gender Nexus From a Development Perspective

A Brief Overview: Concepts, Definitions and Analytical Frameworks

21 Mar 2022
This publication presents an overview of the trade and gender nexus from a development perspective. It looks at the consequences of international trade for women’s economic empowerment and well-being and the impact of gender inequality on trade. After a short introduction, Section 2 presents what...
NON-TARIFF MEASURES FROM A TO Z(S)

Las medidas no arancelarias de la A a la Z

4 Jul 2022
Comprender los usos y las implicaciones de las medidas no arancelarias (MNA) es esencial para la formulación de estrategias de desarrollo efectivas para cumplir con los Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible (ODS). El aumento de la transparencia y la comprensión de las MNA ayuda a los comerciantes a ...
NON-TARIFF MEASURES FROM A TO Z(C)

Non-Tariff Measures from A to Z (Chinese language)

3 Jun 2022
Understanding the uses and implications of non-tariff measures (NTMs) is essential for the formulation of effective development strategies to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Increasing transparency and understanding of NTMs helps traders identify the requirements they face and buil...
NON-TARIFF MEASURES FROM A TO Z(R)

Non-Tariff Measures from A to Z (Russian language)

3 Jun 2022
Understanding the uses and implications of non-tariff measures (NTMs) is essential for the formulation of effective development strategies to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Increasing transparency and understanding of NTMs helps traders identify the requirements they face and buil...
NON-TARIFF MEASURES FROM A TO Z(A)

Non-Tariff Measures from A to Z (Arabic language)

3 Jun 2022
Understanding the uses and implications of non-tariff measures (NTMs) is essential for the formulation of effective development strategies to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Increasing transparency and understanding of NTMs helps traders identify the requirements they face and buil...
NON-TARIFF MEASURES FROM A TO Z

Non-Tariff Measures from A to Z

6 Apr 2022
Understanding the uses and implications of non-tariff measures (NTMs) is essential for the formulation of effective development strategies to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Increasing transparency and understanding of NTMs helps traders identify the requirements they face and buil...
IMPLM INVEST POLICY REVIEW UZBEK

Report on the Implementation of the Investment Policy Review: Uzbekistan

21 Mar 2022
This report assesses the progress made to improve the investment environment in Uzbekistan since the completion of the UNCTAD Investment Policy Review. It analyses recent trends in terms of foreign direct investment flows and their contribution to achieving the country’s development objectives. I...
GENERALIZ SYSTEM PREFERENCF EU

Generalized System of Preferences: Handbook on the Scheme of the European Union

7 Mar 2022
UNCTAD’s GSP Handbook series promotes greater awareness among exporters and government officials in developing countries on trading opportunities available under the GSP and a better understanding of applicable rules and regulations with a view to facilitating their effective utilization. The Gen...
DEVEL CNTRY EXTRATRRTORL COMP LAW

Developing Countries’ Experience With Extraterritoriality in Competition Law

9 Feb 2022
This publication addresses the question of extraterritoriality (extraterritorial jurisdiction) in the area of competition law. It examines whether or not domestic competition legislation applies to foreign entities that may not be present in the forum, but whose conduct harms or may harm local co...
BETTER TRADE FOR SUSTAIN DEVELOP

Better Trade for Sustainable Development

The Role of Voluntary Sustainability Standards

27 Oct 2021
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development defines international trade as “an engine for inclusive economic growth and poverty reduction, [that] contributes to the promotion of sustainable development”. In order to become a ‘sustainable engine’ one approach that seems to be increasingly used is ...
STATE COMMODITY DEPEND 2021

State of Commodity Dependence 2021

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The State of Commodity Dependence
8 Oct 2021
This 2021 edition of the State of Commodity Dependence contains statistical profiles for 195 UNCTAD member States. Comprised of around 30 indicators, it demonstrates the extent of each country’s export and import commodity dependence over the last decade, from 2008–2009 to 2018–2019, as well as t...
COMMOD & DEV RPT 2021

Commodities and Development Report 2021

Escaping From the Commodity Dependence Trap Through Technology and Innovation

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Commodities and Development Report
5 Aug 2021
Commodity dependence is a trap: once a country is commodity dependent, it is difficult to develop a productive sector out of commodities and export non-commodity products. This publication argues that without strong action at the highest political level in Commodity-dependent Developing Countries...