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Seminar on the Vulnerability of International Trade to the Carbon Footprint

2-3 September 2010 | Santiago, Chile

ECLAC The seminar on the Vulnerability of International Trade to the Carbon Footprint was held in Santiago, Chile, from 2-3 September 2010. It was organized by the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), the Regional Cooperation Delegation for the Southern Cone and Brazil of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the European Commission. Approximately 200 participants from 15 countries attended the seminar, including government officials and representatives of international organizations, industry and non-governmental organizations, as well as carbon footprint experts.

The seminar provided an opportunity to engage in a regional dialogue over issues related to the use of carbon footprint regulations and their impacts on exports from Latin America. Presentations were made on national legislation and policy, as well as on private sector initiatives regarding the carbon footprint in Europe, the US, New Zealand and several Latin American countries. This provided participants with the opportunity to understand new regulations and debate the potential impacts and effects of these on exports from Latin America. More information.
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Participants during the seminar [Foto: Carlos Vera/CEPAL]
Gerald Hatler, First Counselor, EU delegation to Chile, Alicia Bárcena, ECLAC Executive Secretary, Joseluis Samaniego, Director, ECLAC Sustainable Development and Human Settlements Division [Foto: Carlos Vera/CEPAL]
Heloisa Schneider, moderator;  Joseluis Samaniego, ECLAC; and Pascal Martínez, French Cooperation/ECLAC [Foto: Carlos Vera/CEPAL]
Antonin Vergez, French Ministry of Ecology, Energy, Sustainable Development and the Sea [Foto: Carlos Vera/CEPAL]
[Foto: Carlos Vera/CEPAL]
Participants during the seminar
Participants during the seminar
Related Links
ECLAC resources
*ECLAC event introduction (in Spanish)
*Seminar programme (in English)
*Seminar programme (in Spanish)
*Seminar presentations
*Background document (in Spanish): La Huella del Carbono en la Producción, Distribución y Consumo de Bienes y Servicios by Heloisa Schneider and Joseluis Samaniego

General resource
*WTO presentations on product carbon footprint and labeling schemes

IISD RS resources
*IISD RS Trade and Investment for Sustainable Development resources
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