Regional Training on Green Customs

From 20 to 22 August 2019, the Green Customs Initiative (GCI) secretariat together with UNEP’s OzonAction team, held a joint training workshop for customs and national ozone officers from Spanish speaking countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. The workshop, held in Asunción, Paraguay, provided a platform for the exchange of good practices, strengthened the officers’ capacities and enhanced cross-border cooperation on the trade of environmentally sensitive goods. The officers were additionally taken through the multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs) that are part of the GCI’s work.

A survey on the capacity needs of participating national customs’ administration entities was also conducted. This survey will inform the design of a green customs curriculum for the training of national customs officers. The survey was followed by group discussions on the desired approach and scope of such a curriculum. The officers underscored the continuous need for training, exchange of best practices and knowledge sharing and welcomed the prospect of a curriculum. 19 customs officers from 14 national customs administration entities participated in the survey- representing Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Dominican Republic, Uruguay and Venezuela.

The development of the curriculum reflects a shift in GCI’s strategy towards more sustainable activities with a continuous impact.

For more information, please contact Amanda Cabrejo le Roux via amanda[.]cabrejo[at]un[.]org, or Aphrodite Smagadi at aphrodite[.]smagadi[at]un[.]org