The Report on the Treatment of Medical Devices in Regional Trade Agreements (ATRs) Regional Trade Agreements (ATRs) are an important element of international trade relations. Over the years, ATRs have increased not only in number, but also in depth and complexity. WTO members and the secretariat are working to gather information and encourage discussions on ATRs in order to increase transparency and improve understanding of its impact on the broader multilateral trading system. The International Trade Center (ITC) has developed five online tools (Trade Map, Market Access Map, Investment Map, Trade Competitiveness Maps) that allow users to identify export and import opportunities, compare market access requirements and monitor domestic business performance. Statistics include trade, tariff and foreign direct investment data, as well as national voluntary sustainability standards. The databases aim to help businesses and trade promotion organizations identify business opportunities and help policy makers monitor domestic trade performance and prepare for trade negotiations. The United Nations Statistical Database on Trade in Services provides users with transnational data on trade in services using the Classification of Extended Balance of Payments Services (EBOPS). The database covers 198 countries from 2000. Negotiators of the Regional Trade and Investment Agreements (RTIAs) are the main target group of this scheme. Those with environmental backgrounds will have a mandate to protect the environment and may not have strong expertise on the impact that trade policy can have on that objective.

Similarly, trade policy negotiators may be responsible for ensuring that the RTIA has strong environmental protection, but may not have extensive environmental expertise or how they are concerned with trade law and policy. This mechanism is intended to help the types of policy makers and those who formulate their respective mandates in the negotiations. It should also serve a wider audience interested in the interaction between trade and the green economy and the desire to assess the environmental performance of certain ITRs: non-governmental organizations, academics, private sector actors, intergovernmental organizations, etc. Beginning in 1962, UN Comtrade provided access to transnational data on merchandise trade for 292 countries and/or territories. The database allows users to convert data between harmonized system (SH) nomenclatures and the International Trade Classification (CTCI) standard.