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International Program


  • Program Environment
  • Program Area Reform of International Finance and Trade
  • Grant Amount $180,000
  • Grant Period August 1, 2002–July 31, 2004
  • Location San Francisco, CA, United States
  • Geographic Focus North America, South America

About this grant

The International Program is designed to ensure that international trade institutions are more responsive to environmental concerns and more effective in promoting sustainable development. The program works to ensure that domestic and international protections for public health and the environment withstand the pressures of current and future trade policies and to create tools for citizens to defend their right to a healthy environment.Multiyear funding will support objectives that include promoting open domestic and international trade development and dispute resolution processes for public participation; preventing the weakening of environmental laws as a result of international trade challenges and policies; ensuring that environmental concerns are considered in the process of trade policy development and dispute resolution; building the capacity of citizens and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) abroad to participate in trade policy development; and documenting environmental impacts of trade-driven and internationally financed development projects.Recent accomplishments included playing a critical role in persuading the United Nations to establish a Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and the Environment; encouraging increased citizen input in several national arenas, including the North American Free Trade Agreement dispute resolution tribunal and federal advisory committees for setting trade policy on forest products and chemicals; and providing crucial technical assistance to the Interamerican Association for Environmental Defense and other Latin American organizations.