Trade and Sustainable Development

Since the first Summit of the Americas in Miami, the Heads of State and Government have recognized that sustainable development and economic prosperity are two aspects of the same objective.
The heads of State through this process have also made a commitment to assure a balance between economic development, social development and environmental protection. In response to this commitment, the General Secretariat of the OAS, through its Department of Sustainable Development (DSD), is working to enhance environmental management capacity in the context of trade liberalization and market integration in the Americas.

The OAS supports member States through different trade capacity building processes in their bilateral trade negotiations and has provided technical assistance for developing their national capacity building strategies for the Hemispheric Cooperation Program (HCP) of the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA). In support of the priorities established by member States, the OAS has programmed a series of activities and projects in the area of trade and environment including the initiative for "Environmental Assessments and Capacity Building for Trade Liberalization in the Americas".


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