DG Azevêdo launches report on role of trade in advancing the Sustainable Development Goals
WTO Director-General Roberto Azevêdo met United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today (3 May) to present him with a new WTO report on how trade is contributing to achieving the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The meeting took place at the UN Chief Executives Board session in London. The Director-General addressed the meeting on the current challenges faced by the international community in achieving the SDGs, including the need to resolve the current tensions between some trading partners.
The new publication — entitled “Mainstreaming trade to attain the SDGs” — looks at how engaging in international trade can help countries gain access to new markets and new investments, therefore boosting growth, raising living standards and promoting sustainable development.
The publication makes the following recommendations:
1. Mainstream trade into national and sector strategies to achieve the SDGs.
2. Strengthen the multilateral trading system so that it can continue supporting inclusive growth, jobs and poverty reduction.
3. Continue reducing trade costs including through full implementation of the WTO’s Trade Facilitation Agreement.
4. Build supply-side capacity and trade-related infrastructure in developing countries and least-developed countries.
5. Focus on export diversification and value addition.
6. Enhance the services sector.
7. Apply flexible rules of origin to increase utilization of preference schemes.
8. Ensure that non-tariff measures do not become barriers to trade.
9. Make e-commerce a force for inclusion.
10. Support micro, small and medium-sized enterprises to engage in international trade.
Full report (in English)
Press-release at the WTO official web-site