Sustainable Development Goals
SDGs and trade: Making trade work for people and planet
The WTO is showcasing the role of trade in attaining the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in an exhibition taking place in Geneva's Parc des Bastions from 6 September to 2 October 2023. The aim of the exhibition is to increase awareness about the 17 SDGs and how trade is helping to bring about a more equitable and sustainable future. It has been organized under the WTO's partnership with the United Nations and UN staff in Geneva.
Let's Talk Sustainable Development
Good Health and Well-Being
Intellectual Property protection promotes research and development, manufacturing, production and delivery of new health technologies.
Liberalising trade in services increases access to educational services.
Trade generates better paid, higher quality and more jobs for women.
Affordable and Clean Energy
Trade can incentivise the development of clean and affordable energy.
Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
WTO’s work on intellectual property, e-commerce, government procurement and aid for trade support economic transformation.
- Publication: The Promise of TradeTech
- World Trade Report 2020: Government policies to promote innovation in the digital age
Sustainable Cities and Communities
Trade can make cities and communities inclusive, resilient and sustainable by increasing access to environmental goods and services.
Trade contributes to the development and diffusion of green technologies.
Life below Water
Sustainable trade practices protect marine resources and promote the blue economy.
Life on Land
Sustainable development and the protection and preservation of the environment are enshrined in the WTO's founding agreement.
SDG TARGET 2.B
Correct and prevent trade restrictions and distortions in world agricultural markets, including through the parallel elimination of all forms of agricultural export subsidies and all export measures with equivalent effect, in accordance with the mandate of the Doha Development Round.
The WTO 2015 Decision on Export Competition phases out the use of export subsidies in agriculture for most countries by 2023, reducing price distortions that negatively affect both consumers and farmers and partly achieving SDG Target 2.b.
SDG TARGET 14.6
By 2020, prohibit certain forms of fisheries subsidies which contribute to overcapacity and overfishing, eliminate subsidies that contribute to illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing and refrain from introducing new such subsidies, recognizing that appropriate and effective special and differential treatment for developing and least developed countries should be an integral part of the World Trade Organization fisheries subsidies negotiations.
The WTO Agreement on Fisheries Subsidies, adopted at the 12th Ministerial Conference (MC12) on 17 June 2022, marks a major step forward for ocean sustainability by prohibiting fisheries subsidies that contribute to illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, overfished stocks and fishing in the unregulated high seas.