Since its establishment in 1996, ICTSD has played a unique role in enabling, facilitating and supporting policymakers and influencers in identifying and pursuing sustainable development objectives in the context of trade and economic policy. This has been accomplished by:


  • Serving as a reliable and open-access source of information
  • Facilitating stakeholders’ engagement in substantive discussions within a non-negotiating context
  • Enhancing participation, particularly among those without a sufficient voice or capacity to ensure their interests are reflected in trade negotiations
  • Addressing complex policy needs with clear and timely analysis
  • Increasingly exploring and generating new collaborative approaches involving non-state actors
  • Bringing new perspectives to debates on issues from agriculture to public health to sustainable energy
  • Advancing, understanding and generating new knowledge on some of the most difficult issues in trade-related negotiations and policymaking processes
  • Effectively partnering with and extending the work on research and dialogue agendas of the WTO, UNCTAD, WIPO, WHO and other policy fora


Read the ICTSD Profile for more information about ICTSD and its work