On 21 November, EU Trade Commissioner Pascal Lamy welcomed the launch of a Sustainable Trade and Innovation Centre (STIC), intended to help developing countries to export sustainable products.
The Sustainable Trade and Innovation Centre (STIC) will act as a platform bringing together stakeholders from North and South to create a more co-operative context for sustainable trade and innovation. One of STICs’ first pilot projects will help potential exporters to target niche markets by bringing together buyers, vendors and users of work-wear such as uniforms – sustainably produced in developing countries with strong textiles capacity.
The project has been developed with the support of the European Commission (Directorate General for Trade), by the Commonwealth Science Council, the Royal Tropical Institute of the Netherlands and European Partners for the Environment. STIC was presented at the Johannesburg Summit as a Type 2 initiative by the Commonwealth Science Council (CSC) and European Partners for the Environment (EPE). It should contribute to the implementation of the 10-Year Framework of Programmes to accelerate the shift towards sustainable production and consumption patterns decided at the World Summit on Sustainable Development.