Looking Back on the WCO Theme for 2020: A WCO Publication on Sustainability

01 February 2021

The WCO releases a new publication “Customs fostering sustainability for People, Prosperity and the Planet”, which is designed as a look back on the WCO theme for 2020.

This publication is aimed at raising awareness of the related WCO initiatives and programmes and of the relevant WCO tools for building Members’ capacity to achieve long-term economic, social and environmental goals at the national, regional and global levels.

Previous initiatives have contributed towards the WCO’s commitment to sustainability goals, which began more than a decade ago with the WCO’s theme for the year 2009: “Customs and the Environment: protecting our natural heritage” and was borne out by the theme chosen for 2018: “A secure business environment for economic development”.

The WCO Secretariat carried out a number of initiatives throughout 2020 which also served as an opportunity to reflect on Customs’ role in ensuring an effective and equitable transition towards a more inclusive, sustainable and greener supply chain. 

The WCO has confirmed its ongoing commitment towards sustainability under its theme for 2021: “Customs Bolstering Recovery, Renewal and Resilience for a Sustainable Supply Chain”.