Trade for Peace Programme

The Trade for Peace Programme aims to highlight the role of trade and economic integration in promoting peace and security. The Programme calls for collaboration between the trade, peace and humanitarian communities to enhance opportunities to leverage the multilateral trading system for peace and stability.


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The Trade for Peace Programme grew out of the launch of the g7+ WTO Accessions Group at the 11th WTO Ministerial Conference in Buenos Aires in December 2017. The Group, which now consists of nine least-developed countries (LDCs) seeking to join the WTO, aims to facilitate the integration of fragile and conflict-affected economies into the multilateral trading system.

The goal of the Trade for Peace Programme is to assist countries in transitioning from fragility or conflict to stability and economic well-being. It aims to achieve this through: (i) political engagement and partnerships, (ii) outreach and public dialogue, (iii) research, and (iv) training and capacity building.

Currently, 23 countries are in the process of joining the WTO. Over half of the acceding governments are LDCs and/or fragile and conflict-affected states (FCS).

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Four Pillars of the T4P Programme

The activities of the Trade for Peace Programme are divided into 4 Pillars of Collaboration:

  1. Political Engagement and Partnerships
  2. Outreach and Public Dialogue
  3. Research
  4. Training and Capacity Building

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Trade for Peace Podcast

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The Trade for Peace Podcast is a 30-minute conversation with trade for peace champions — global policymakers, entrepreneurs and innovators — committed to promoting trade as a key ingredient for lasting peace.

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