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Securing climate-compatible trade for the most vulnerable countries

Time (GMT +01) 12:00 13:15
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Achieving the SDGs will only be possible if we align climate and trade policy in a way that works for countries most vulnerable to economic and environmental shocks, such as those defined by the UN as least developed countries (LDCs). As negotiators from around the globe prepare for COP26 and representatives from the world’s largest economies meet at this year’s G20 meeting, it is important to strengthen the LDCs positioning in climate and trade negotiations.

Join a conversation with experts from the climate and trade arenas to hear how the LDCs are aligning their climate and trade strategies to support their development and transition out of LDC status. The discussion will explore cross-cutting themes such as carbon markets and standards, technology transfer, aid for trade, and climate finance.

This event is part of the Aligning climate and trade policy for LDCs and graduates project. The project, supported by the Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF), is a partnership between EIF, ODI and the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) aimed at equipping graduated or in-transition LDCs with the evidence, networks and platforms to effectively align and secure their climate and trade strategies in international negotiations.

This event will provide simultaneous translation in French and English


  • Saleemul Huq

    Chair - Director of the International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD)

  • Dr Ratnakar Adhikari

    Opening remarks - Executive Director at Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF) Secretariat at the World Trade Organization

  • Laura Kelly

    Panellist - Director, Sustainable Markets, International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)

  • Rolf Traeger

    Panellist - Chief of the Least Developed Countries Section of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)

  • Mr Mahamat Alim Talha

    Panellist - Counsellor (Economic and Commercial Affairs) at the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Chad to the UN Office in Geneva, and LDC Group Coordinator