International Trade and the Sustainable Development Goals

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International Trade and the Sustainable Development Goals

The SRC would like to congratulate all the participants who successfully completed the 5-day course “Trade and the Sustainable Development Goals”, held online from November 28 – December 2, 2022. The course was organized by the SRC and the OECS Commission and was facilitated by Mr. Kevin Hope.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the associated Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) form the new global development framework. The 2030 Agenda recognizes international trade as an important means of implementation and as an engine for promoting inclusive growth. This course will primarily focus on the relationships between international trade and the economic, social, and environmental dimensions of sustainable development. The course is expected to play a bridging role between research and communities of practice, that are currently operating (often) separately on themes of international trade and SDGs.


This course is designed for participants/professionals with an interest in the role international trade can play in the attainment of the SDGs and the Caribbean’s experience with implementing the SDGs. The course emphasizes areas such as the role trade can help eradicate poverty (SDG1) agricultural trade impact in ending hunger by 2030 (SDG2), how trade agreements can facilitate trade in education services (SDGs 4), and the various channels through which women are part of the global trading economy (SDG5). It also explores the interaction of international trade with climate policies and the influence of trade on the implementation of SDG 13 (climate change).

The following themes will be covered in this course:


  1. Trade and Sustainable Development
  2. Trade, Poverty, and Income Distribution
  3. Trade, Agriculture, and Food Security
  4. Trade and Education Services
  5. Trade, Investment & Innovation
  6. Trade and Gender
  7. Trade and the Environment
  8. Trade and Energy
  9. Trade and Sustainable Tourism