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02 to 10 May 2022 | By invitation only

Online Course on Sustainable Development Provisions in Free Trade Agreements

Introduction

The course is designed to help negotiations of provisions for sustainable development in Free Trade Agreements (FTAs). The objective is to improve FTAs in order for trade to contribute to sustainable development goals – better-designed sustainable development provisions would guide international trade in achieving greater societal and environmental benefits besides economic interests. ESCAP is organizing the first facilitated run of this course including two live sessions with distinguished guest speakers from the ILO, WHO, WTO, ADB, Asian Trade Centre, International Economics Consulting, Georgetown University and Universitas Pelita Harapan. The course is composed of five modules as follows: 

  1. Introduction to Sustainable Development Provisions in FTAs
  2. Labour Provisions in FTAs
  3. Environment Provisions in FTAs
  4. MSME Related Provisions in FTAs
  5. Health related provisions in FTAs

Depending on your familiarity with the topic, you may allocate about 5-10 hours of your time to complete the course (including live sessions).

Certificate

After passing the quizzes and completing other requirements, a free certificate from United Nations ESCAP will be issued to the participants.

Course format

The course is organized as a facilitated online e-learning course consisting of the following three parts:

  1. Reading and Video Lectures

The course is based on the ‘Handbook on Negotiating Sustainable Development Provisions in Preferential Trade Agreements’ has been developed in 2018 and updated in 2021. The course includes five pre-recorded video lectures including an introductory module and 4 subject-specific modules of about 15-20 minutes each. The participants are expected to read the Handbook and watch the recorded video lectures. The Handbook and video lectures will be made available to participants from 2 May, well in advance of the live lectures scheduled on 9 and 10 May.

  1. Quizzes

After studying with the Handbook and video lectures, the participants are expected to take online quizzes associated with the course materials. Participants will have the opportunity to take the quizzes multiple times but are asked to attempt the quizzes at least once before each relevant live session. To obtain the free certificate from United Nations ESCAP for this course, a participant must take the three quizzes and obtain 75% of correct answers at each quiz.

  1. Live sessions

Two interactive live sessions will be held to provide clarification on quiz questions and further discussion on each subject. Each live session will consist of two parts: the course facilitator Runqiu Du will explain selected quiz questions in the first 15 minutes, then guest experts will give a short presentation (15min max.) followed by a Q&A session in the next 60-75 minutes. Participants will be encouraged to send written questions (if any) before the live sessions.

Tentative programme:

Live Session 1 (Monday, 9 May):

  • Introduction to sustainable development provisions in FTAs
  • Labour provisions in FTAs
  • Environment provisions in FTAs

Live Session 2 (Tuesday, 10 May):

  • MSME related provisions in FTAs
  • Health related provisions in FTAs
  • Gender related provisions in FTAs
  • Closing remark

Registration

Please register by filling the registration formkindly note that we approve registration on a selective first-come-first-served basis and that seats are limited. You will be notified as soon as possible (no later than 1 May) if you are successfully registered.

Registration deadline: 30 April 2022, please apply as soon as possible.

*The course materials (including the Handbook) were prepared by Paul Baker with assistance from Runqiu Du, with the guidance of ESCAP Trade Policy and Facilitation Section. The course benefited from feedback of participants during a BFTI-ESCAP workshop on Sustainable Development Provisions in Regional Trade Agreements held on 2 December 2021.

**Disclaimer: The designations employed and the presentation of the material in the online course do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of the Secretariat of the United Nations concerning the legal status of any country, territory, city or area or of its authorities, or concerning the delimitation of its frontiers or boundaries. The United Nations bears no responsibility for the availability or functionality of URLs. Opinion, figures and estimates set forth in this online course should not necessarily be considered as reflecting the views or carrying the endorsement of the United Nations. Mention of firm names and commercial products does not imply the endorsement of the United Nations.

09 May 2022
17:00
18:30
Live Session 1
  • Introduction to sustainable development provisions in FTAs
  • Labour provisions in FTAs
  • Environment provisions in FTAs
10 May 2022
17:00
18:30
Live Session 2
  • MSME related provisions in FTAs
  • Health related provisions in FTAs
  • Gender related provisions in FTAs
  • Closing remark
Mr. Paul Baker
Mr. Paul Baker
Chief Executive of International Economics Consulting, Lecturer the College of Europe and University of Mauritius
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Chief Executive of International Economics Consulting, Lecturer at the College of Europe and University of Mauritius, who is also a UNESCAP Consultant who was in charge of developing the course materials for this course.

Ms. Marva Corley-Coulibaly
Ms. Marva Corley-Coulibaly
Chief, Globalization, Competitiveness and Labour Standards unit, International Labour Organization (ILO)
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Mr. Matthias Helble
Mr. Matthias Helble
Health and Trade Economist, World Health Organization (WHO) and Asian Development Bank (ADB)
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Ms. Lolita Laperle-Forget
Ms. Lolita Laperle-Forget
Trade and Gender Officer, Development Division, World Trade Organization (WTO)
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Ms. Michelle Limenta
Ms. Michelle Limenta
Associate Professor of Law at Universitas Pelita Harapan (UPH), Director of the UPH Centre for International Trade and Investment
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Ms. Deborah Elms
Ms. Deborah Elms
Founder and Executive Director of the Asian Trade Centre and President of the Asia Business Trade Association
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Ms. Katrin Kuhlmann
Ms. Katrin Kuhlmann
Visiting Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Centre and President and Founder, New Markets Lab
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Mr. Yann Duval
Mr. Yann Duval
Chief, Trade Policy and Facilitation Section, ESCAP
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Mr. Yann Duval is currently Chief of Trade Policy and Facilitation at ESCAP, the regional branch of the United Nations Secretariat for Asia and the Pacific.

Over the past 15 years, Mr. 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 the creation of the ESCAP-World Bank Trade Cost Database and the UN Global Survey on Trade Facilitation and Paperless Trade Implementation. Mr. 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, adopted as a UN treaty in 2016.

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