BioTrade Congress VII: Global governance for trade and biodiversity

The 7th BioTrade Congress will take place on 25 and 26 March, 2024 in Geneva, Switzerland at the Palais des Nations (Room XVII), co-organized by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and partners. The Congress is a global event that brings together trade and biodiversity experts and practitioners for a high-level exchange on key issues concerning the links between trade and biodiversity. 

Objective of the Congress

7th BioTrade Congress “Global Governance for Trade and Biodiversity” will discuss the global governance of trade and biodiversity, and how trade can become an accelerator for implementing the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework (The Biodiversity Plan) through practical implementation of sustainable trade. The Congress will also feature exchanges and case studies on the biodiversity and socio-economic impact generated through the trade of biodiversity-based products.  


This event is part of the activities planned by UNCTAD and partners towards the 16th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 16) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).  

Topcis at the Congress will include, among others:

  • Mainstreaming biodiversity into trade discussions and processes 
  • Trade, The Biodiversity Plan and National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans 
  • Trade and biodiversity: case studies in equity and innovation 
  • Benefits of the blue economy – the seaweeds value chain 
  • The future of BioTrade: reflections and impacts at the national and regional levels 
  • Updates, special reports, and more 

Target audience:

  • Government agencies working in the areas of trade, environment, biodiversity, and development
  • Experts and practitioners in the areas of trade, environment, biodiversity and development
  • United Nations agencies, NGOs, development agencies and other international organization working on biodiversity, sustainable development, climate change, and trade projects.
  • BioTrade and biodiversity-based companies 
  • Cooperatives, social enterprises and associations
  • Business associations, chambers of commerce
  • Academia


March 2024