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18 July to 02 August 2022 | Open meeting

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Introduction

While globalization has lifted billions of people out of poverty in the Asia-Pacific region alone, the economic growth supported by existing trade and investment policies has come at a steep environmental cost. The latest report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change unequivocally concludes that a human-made climate crisis is unfolding and that we are on the verge of a tipping point. All possible avenues need to be considered in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, including in the policies governing trade and investment.  The links between trade, investment and climate change are complex. The key is to ensure that the positive effects of trade and investment are maximized, such as by promoting trade and investment in renewable energy and low-carbon technologies, while minimizing the adverse effects, such as by digitalizing trade and transport systems.  As such, this course seeks to explain the relationship between climate-change and trade and investment, and provide recommendations on how trade and investment policies can be more “climate-smart”.

Course format

The course is jointly developed by ESCAP, UNEP & UNCTAD and conducted as a facilitated online e-learning course. It consists of 7 pre-recorded modules (approximately 15 min each) and two interactive sessions. For each module, the participants are expected to complete the readings first, then watch the recorded video presentations (see Annex). The participants are then expected to take online quizzes associated with the course material and attend the two live sessions. Note that this course is offered for the first time on a pilot basis and participants are requested to kindly note down any feedback to the content of the course and quizzes for improvement. Two live sessions to discuss the content and ask any clarification questions are offered to participants who will have gone through the pre-recorded sessions and attempted all quizzes. Upon attending the live sessions, providing feedback and passing the quizzes, participants will get a certificate of completion for the course.

About the course facilitator

Professor Mao Xianqiang is a professor at the School of Environment, Beijing Normal University. He has been working on trade, investment and environment for over 15 years. Prof Mao has led many research projects regarding, e.g., the environmental impact assessment of trade policies, accounting embodied carbon in trade flows, providing environment friendly trade policy suggestions to MEP, supporting APEC environmental goods list making, among others. He led case studies to the Best Practice of Sustainable Investment in the APEC Region, and hosted an APEC regional Workshop on the Best Practice of Sustainable Investment, as part of the 2014 APEC Beijing Summit activities, supported by the APEC secretary and Chinese Ministry of Commerce.    

The course is based on joint publication by ESCAP, UNEP and UNCTAD "Asia-Pacific Trade and Investment Report 2021: Accelerating Climate-smart Trade and Investment for Sustainable Development" More information, please visit https://www.unescap.org/kp/APTIR2021

Xianqiang Mao
Mr. Xianqiang Mao
Professor, School of Environment, Beijing Normal University
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Yann Duval
Mr. Yann Duval
Chief, Trade Policy and Facilitation Section, 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.

Céline Bacrot
Ms. Céline Bacrot
Economic Affairs Officer, Trade Facilitation Section, UNCTAD
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Mushtaq Memon
Mr. Mushtaq Memon
Regional Coordinator, UNEP
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Jean-Frédéric Morin
Mr. Jean-Frédéric Morin
Full Professor, Université Laval & Canada Research Chair in International Political Economy
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Catherine Rissel
Ms. Catherine Rissel
ACCTS Deputy Chief Negotiator/Senior Foreign Policy Officer, Trade Policy and Negotiations Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, New Zealand
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Daniel Ramos
Mr. Daniel Ramos
Legal Officer, WTO
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Alexey Kravchenko
Mr. Alexey Kravchenko
Economic Affairs Officer, Trade Policy and Facilitation Section, ESCAP
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for more information, please contact

Trade, Investment and Innovation Division +66 2 288-1234 [email protected]
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