Trade and Development

Trade is a powerful engine. But who is driving the engine? And what else needs to be done to let all parts of society benefit from trade policy? We try to empower those who are not yet the main beneficiaries of the current trade policy regime. Trade policy should not be dealt with in isolation which is why we link trade policy with other policy areas such as human rights and labour rights. We have our finger on the pulse of emerging issues in the area of investment policy, digitalization, and illicit financial flows – areas which are of critical importance for development. Based in Geneva, we are following closely the discussions at the WTO, UNCTAD, ILO, ITC and of the various bodies of the UN Human Rights System in our economic related projects.


17.12.2020 | Peace and Security Policy, Human Rights and Development, Employment and Social Policy, Trade and Development | Media Center

Publication & Podcast Series “Building Back Better: A Call for Courage”




Monday, 19.04.2021 - Thursday, 22.04.2021 - Online | 2021, Trade and Development | Event

The 12th Ministerial Conference: Towards a WTO 2.0?

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FES-WTO virtual seminar for Spanish Speaking Journalists from Latin America specialized in trade and economic issues


Tuesday, 29.10.2019 - Thursday, 31.10.2019 - Johannesburg, South Africa | 2019, Trade and Development | Event

Challenges for the Multilateral Trading System – Perspectives from Southern Africa

The dialogue jointly organized by FES and the WTO aimed at developing a better understanding of the WTO and its role in the international trading…


Tuesday, 08.10.2019 - Geneva, Switzerland | 2019, Trade and Development | Event

Graduating Least Developed Countries in an Evolving WTO

LDCs are not at the forefront when it comes to public awareness. Nor are their special needs and interests high on the agenda of ongoing trade…



Reconstruir mejor

Un llamamiento a ser valientes
Berlin, 2021

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Reconstruire en mieux

Un appel au courage
Berlin, 2020

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Building back better

A call for courage
Berlin, 2020

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Kao, Moshe

WTO reform

Old debate, new realities
Geneva, 2019

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Yvonne Bartmann

Senior Program Officer
Trade and Development, Employment and Social Policy


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