About Us

Our mission
Founded in 1996, the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) is an independent non-profit organization based in Geneva, Switzerland.

By empowering stakeholders in trade policy through information, networking, dialogue, well-targeted research and capacity building, the Centre aims to influence the international trade system such that it advances the goal of sustainable development.

Applying a national and regional focus
International policies and geopolitical realities are in constant flux. The world’s economic geography is shifting and regionalism is on the rise, creating implications for sustainability and the global governance of economic integration. In response to these changes, ICTSD is pursuing its mission at national and regional levels with the establishment of semi-independent centres in China, the US, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Asia.

Influencing trade-related policy frameworks
Trade-related policy frameworks can serve as powerful drivers of sustainable development in global policymaking and global inclusion if those engaged in negotiations incorporate emergent knowledge on economic, environmental and social issues. In doing so, they are empowered to better understand their own interests, build bridges to others and advance mutually acceptable solutions.

Shaping trade-related policy processes
The Centre looks to bring knowledge-empowered participation to bear on national, regional and international policy processes through facilitating inclusive approaches that can generate solutions for poverty reduction, greater social equity, innovation, and the sustainable management and effective use of natural resources.

Our vision
ICTSD’s vision is a sustainable world supported by national, regional and international trade policy and frameworks that favour inter- and intra-generation equity.

Our strategic goal
ICTSD aims to ensure that sustainable development is advanced through trade-related policy and agreements.