UNCTAD’s Budget Group Plans 2008-2011 Activities Related to Climate Change

18 June 2008: The UN Conference on Trade and

Development's (UNCTAD) Working Party on the Medium-term Plan

and Programme Budget met from 16–18 June 2008, in Geneva, Switzerland, and discussed

a work plan for the implementation of the outcomes of the twelfth UNCTAD, held in Accra,

Ghana, in

April 2008.

The Working Party recommended the

implementation of the outcomes of UNCTAD XII with minimum delay, including climate

change, “in accordance with paragraph 100 of the Accra Accord (document

TD/B/WP/L.130 paragraph 10.6).” Article 100 of the Accra Accord states that UNCTAD, “within its mandate and without duplicating the

ongoing work of other organizations, should consider climate change in its

ongoing work of assisting developing countries with trade- and

investment-related issues in development strategies.” Within this mandate, the

proposed 2008-2011 work plan, which will be finalized at the next meeting of

the Working Party, scheduled for September 2008 (TD/B(WP)/50/CRP.1),

includes: contributions on climate change to the Chief Executives Board and its

subsidiary bodies, as well as to the UN-wide system response to the challenge

of climate change in the context of sustainable development. It also states

that UNCTAD should conduct: economic analysis on the trade,

development and climate change interface; analyses on trade competitiveness

issues arising from a post-Kyoto regime; and economic analyses of

cross-cutting issues related to the trade and development aspects of climate

change. The publication of

training material on the rules of the Clean Development Mechanism is planned

for 2010-2011, as well as technical cooperation activities including the

provision of advisory services to assess investment opportunities for

developing countries arising from multilateral environmental agreements related

to biodiversity and climate change, and the organization

of international policy fora on the interface and mutual supportiveness of

trade and climate change policy. [Working

Party website]