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United Nations issues guidance on negotiating trade deals to increase trade resilience in times of crisis and pandemic

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United Nations issues guidance on negotiating trade deals to increase trade resilience in times of crisis and pandemic

This is a living document, which will be updated based on user feedback and as new lessons emerge.

ADDIS-ABABA, Ethiopia, September 28, 2021 / APO Group / –

The United Nations has published a first version of a manual on provisions and options for trade in times of crisis and pandemic ”. Work on the manual was initiated by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in collaboration with the United Nations Economic Commissions for Africa (ECA), Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), Western Asia (ESCWA) and Europe (UNECE), the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) after its be aware that the hundreds of regional trade agreements in place provided no guidance for countries on how to maintain trade during the COVID-19 pandemic. In many cases, especially in the first half of 2020, many countries have taken ad hoc unilateral steps that have severely disrupted international supply chains, including the supply of essential goods, such as medical equipment and supplies. food.

The handbook is based on input gathered from a wide range of experts, including civil society, academia and the private sector, as part of the Global Initiative on Model Provisions for Trade in Time of Day. crisis and pandemic in regional and other trade agreements (IMPs). It is a living document, which will be updated based on user feedback and as new lessons emerge. It is freely accessible at: https://www.unescap.org/kp

In addition to the handbook, the UN also made available a free self-paced online course based on the handbook. Anyone interested can take the short course and obtain the certificate after completing the requirements for the online tests at https://www.unescap.org/training/rta-ttcp. Professors and teachers of international trade and development law are encouraged to incorporate the short course into their own curricula. The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in collaboration with the United Nations Economic Commissions for Africa (ECA), Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), Asia (ESCWA) and Europe (UNECE), the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) will also organize facilitated global and regional courses based on the manual. from the end of the year.

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