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14 to 28 November 2022 | Open meeting


Trade integration holds many development opportunities, but its benefit for sustainable development is not automatic. Managing associated risks that come with trade openness is not straightforward. They require at least a conceptual understanding of the linkages between trade and the opportunities and threats it has on sustainable development. 

This UN ESCAP-ARTNeT course aims to enhance the general public and policymakers' understanding of the relationship between trade and SDGs. It gives a broad perspective on trade's enabling and disenabling roles in achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Course format

This ESCAP course is conducted as a facilitated e-learning course. It consists of 15 pre-recorded modules (approximately 15 min each) and interactive regional sessions. On the first day of the course, there will be a short live session to introduce the course structure,  materials  and familiarize  participants with the tools used in this course on the ESCAP Community platform. After the first live session, participants will undertake  self-learning online modules.  For each module, all participants must watch the video presentations, review supplement materials, take the quizzes, and then participate in the second and third live sessions to ask questions and discuss the materials with the course facilitator. The third live session will also include panel discussions highlighting the application of knowledge on fundamental issues in the Asia-Pacific developing countries. 

Participants are requested to note down any feedback on the course for improvement. Upon attending the facilitated live sessions, providing feedback and passing the quizzes with at least 75% scores, participants registered to the facilitated sessions have to take ALL parts A, B1, B2, B3, B4, C1, C2, attend the live sessions to get the UN ESCAP certificate of full completion the “Online course on Trade and SDGs (Mandatory, Intermediate and Advanced Modules)", and complete live session evaluation form. 

Course facilitator

Professor Ian Coxhead, Emeritus Professor of the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Access to the self-learning materials

To access the self-learning materials, please CLICK and register for the course on “Trade and Sustainable Development Goals” which is hosted on the ESCAP community platform.

For more information about the course, please visit ESCAP E-learning course CLICK.

Access to the workshop

Please register at CLICK.



Please note that an information session on “Deepening Understanding of Regional Integration and Sustainability: Application of Regional Integration Analyzerwill be organized back-to-back with this workshop. Participants who interest to attend the information session, please REGISTER to the INFORMATION SESSION

Information session "Deepening Understanding of Regional Integration and Sustainability: Application of Regional Integration Analyzer"

Online, 14:30-15:30 Bangkok time (UTC +7), Thailand

Mr. Yann Duval
Mr. Yann Duval (Pre-recorded)
Chief, Trade Policy and Facilitation Section (TFPS), Trade Investment and Innovation Division (TIID), ESCAP
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Yann Duval is currently Chief of Trade Policy and Facilitation Section at UN-ESCAP, the regional branch of the United Nations Secretariat for Asia and the Pacific. Over the past 20 years, Dr. Duval has conducted research and delivered technical assistance and advisory services on trade policy and facilitation throughout Asia and the Pacific, including on the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement. He spearheaded the development of the Asia-Pacific Research and Training Network on Trade (ARTNeT), as well as, interalia, the creation of the ESCAP-World Bank Trade Cost Database, the UN Global Survey on Trade Facilitation and Paperless Trade Implementation and the online Trade Intelligence and Negotiation Adviser (TINA). Dr. Duval was also instrumental in the development of the United Nations Network of Experts for Paperless Trade and Transport in Asia and the Pacific (UNNExT) and the negotiation of a new intergovernmental Framework Agreement on Facilitation of Cross-Border Paperless Trade in Asia and the Pacific, a UN treaty entered into force in February 2021.

Prior to joining the UN, he held faculty positions at the Asian Institute of Technology and Washington State University, USA.

Mr. Ian Coxhead
Emeritus Professor of the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, University of Wisconsin-Madison
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Professor Ian Coxhead has a 32-year career teaching and researching development economics. His research focuses on problems of globalization, growth, and development, mainly in East and Southeast Asia. Currently, he is a Chief Senior Researcher at the Institute of Developing Economies (IDE-JETRO), an emeritus professor of the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and an honorary professor in the Arndt-Corden Department of Economics, Australian National University. He is also a member of the inequality measurement, interpretation, and policy network in the Human Capital and Economic Opportunity Global Working Group at the University of Chicago.

Mr. Alberto Posso
Professor of Economics, the International Development & Trade Research Group, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT)
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Alberto Posso is a Professor of Economics, specialised in International Development. He received his PhD in economics from the Australian National University in 2008. His research centres on poverty and inequality in developing countries. Professor Posso is currently the Director of the Centre for International Development at RMIT University.

Professor Posso has over 50 publications, including papers in well-regarded professional journals such as Health Economics, World Development, and the Journal of Development Studies.

Professor Posso has been teaching in university since 2002. He has taught courses in macroeconomics, microeconomics, statistics, and international economics. He has also supervised PhD and Masters theses. His former postgrad students are currently working as academics or as researchers in international organisations.

Mr. Biswajit Nag
Professor & Head, Economics Division Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT)
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Mr. Biswajit Nag is a Professor of Economics at the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT), New Delhi. Involved in empirical economic research for more than two decades, he also has teaching experience in Germany, Italy, Tanzania and Ukraine. He has been a Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute of Developing Economies (IDE), Japan (2018-19). Earlier, he served the Poverty and Development Division of the UN-ESCAP, Bangkok (2003-04). He was also Chair Professor of India Studies in Ukraine sponsored by Indian Council of Cultural Relations (ICCR) in Jan-Feb 2014.

Currently, he is one of the advisors on Global Value Chain at Asia-Pacific Research and Training Network (ARTNet) and advisory board member of UN-ESCAP’s E-learning courses on Trade and SDGs. He is also one of the advisory members to Infinite Sum Modelling, a US based Research Company and Deft Advisory and Research Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi. Prof Nag has authored two books, edited two and wrote number of research papers in peer reviewed journals. He has completed number of projects for Government of India, international agencies (UN, IFC/World Bank, WTO, EU, JICA, DFID, and ADB etc.) and private sector. Prof Nag is currently specialising in Global Value Chain, Trade & Technology and Implication of Trade on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). He teaches International Economics, Trade Analytics, Advance topics in Macroeconomics and Econometrics.

Witada Anukoonwattaka
Economic Affairs Officer, Trade Investment and Innovation, ESCAP
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Ms. Witada Anukoonwattaka serves as Economic Affairs Officer for the Trade Policy and Facilitation Section of the Trade and Investment Division at the United Nations ESCAP. She possesses extensive experience in trade policy research and has implemented capacity-building initiatives focused on trade, investment, and digital trade policies. Recently, she led the background research and the preparation of the Asia-Pacific Trade and Investment Report 2023. This joint ESCAP-UNCTAD-UNIDO publication is dedicated to the theme of unleashing digital trade and investment for sustainable development. In addition, she is the coordinator for the ESCAP-ECA-ECLAC joint initiative on digital trade regulatory analysis and collaborates with the ESCAP-OECD on research pertaining to digital trade policies in Asia and the Pacific. Before joining ESCAP, she was a lecturer of the Faculty of Economics at Thammasat University, Thailand, and also worked  in the advisory team of Thailand’s minister of industry, foreign affairs, and commissioner of Thailand’s National Telecommunications Commission. She holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Melbourne, Australia

Mr. Alexey Kravchenko
Economic Affairs Officer, TPFS, TIID, ESCAP
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Mr. Alexey Kravchenko, Economic Affairs Officer at Trade Policy and Facilitation Section of Trade, Investment and Innovation Division at the United Nations Economic and Social Commission of Asia and the Pacific. His main focus of work revolves around applied research in trade policy and trade data analysis, as well as trainings of government officials in the areas of trade policy analysis and trade data analysis. Alexey holds a PhD in Economics from University of Waikato (New Zealand). Prior to joining ESCAP Alexey ran an economics consultancy in New Zealand developing and conducting non-market valuation surveys for central and regional government agencies. He also taught economies in Shanghai, China, as part of a joint program with University of Waikato and taught various economics papers during his post-graduate studies. He speaks English, Russian, Chinese and Thai.

Ms. Evelyn S. Devadason
Professor of Economics, Faculty of Business and Economics, University of Malaya
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Evelyn S. DEVADASON is a Professor at the Faculty of Business & Economics, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Her previous positions include Head, Centre for Latin American Studies (CLAS, 15/7/2013 - 31/12/2014) and Deputy Dean (Research and Development, 9/9/2012 - 14/7/2013), Faculty of Economics and Administration. She received her Ph.D. (Economics) from the University of Malaya in 2006 and M.Soc.Sci. (Economics) from the National University of Singapore in 1992. Her research focuses on international trade and regional integration. Her research work has seen print in international journals (indexed in SSCI and AHCI) such as the World Development, The China Review, India Review, The Pacific Review,  Journal of Contemporary Asia, Journal of Contemporary China, Journal of International Development, Emerging Markets Finance and Trade, Asian Economic Journal, Global Economic Review, Singapore Economic ReviewAsia Pacific Education Review, Social Indicators Research, Technological and Economic Development of Economy, Total Quality Management and Business Excellence and Environment Science and Pollution Research. She currently serves as an Editor-in-Chief to the Institutions and Economies (University of Malaya) journal, Associate Editor to the International Journal of Social Economics (Emerald) and member to the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Contemporary Asia (Taylor & Francis) and the International Journal of Rural Management (SAGE). She was also a member to the Editorial Boards of two local journals, the Institutions and Economies (previously a Deputy Editor, 17/3/2017 - 31/12/2020) and the International Journal of China Studies. She has been engaged in a number of international and local collaborative research projects, including the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions-Asian and Pacific Regional Organization (ICFTU-APRO, Singapore), Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI, Japan), the Asian Development Bank (ADB, Manila), World Bank (WB, Washington DC), the Malaysian Competition Commission (MyCC, Kuala Lumpur), ERIA-UNCTAD (Economic Research Institute of East Asia  - United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, Jakarta), Open Economy and Trade Research Centre of Shanghai Lixin University of Commerce (People's Republic of China), Food Industry Asia (FIA, Singapore), United Nations Environment Programme-Denmark Technical University (UNEP-DTU) and the European Union H2020 Research and Innovation Framework Programme on Competing Regional Integration in Southeast Asia (CRISEA).

Mr. Pasakorn Thammachote
Assistant Professor, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Faculty of Economics, Kasetsart University
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