Who are they?

The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) promotes the development-friendly integration of developing countries into the world economy. Considering that sustainable use of biodiversity is fundamental for long-term sustainable development UNCTAD created the BioTrade Initiative in 1996. The objective of the UNCTAD BioTrade Initiative is to contribute to the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity through the promotion of trade and investment in BioTrade products and services in line with the objectives and principles of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). Together with other UN departments and agencies, UNCTAD also measures progress by the Sustainable Development Goals, as set out in Agenda 2030.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

In 2015, the international community adopted a common vision for sustainable development outlining the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and reflecting the commitment of 193 countries to a new development paradigm.

The 17 SDGs are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. They were built on the successes of the Millennium Development Goals, while including new areas such as climate change, economic inequality, innovation, sustainable consumption, peace and justice...

The SDGs came into effect in January 2016. While the SDGs are not legally binding, all governments are expected to take ownership and establish national frameworks for their achievement. Achieving the SDG's by 2030 will require the partnership of governments, private sector, civil society and citizens alike. 

As the UEBT Ethical BioTrade Standard seeks to advance several internationally recognized sustainable development objectives, it has been found to contribute to at least 11 of the 17 SDGs. By adopting the Ethical BioTrade sourcing principles, UEBT members are thus directly contributing to the SDGs. 


Why they support us?

"We promote the development-friendly integration of developing countries into the world economy. In 1996, we launched the BioTrade Initiative to support the CBD objectives through trade and investment. Our business engagement efforts led us to support the creation of UEBT, of which we are a partner. The BioTrade principles form the basis of the Union’s verification framework".