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Trade for Sustainable Development (T4SD) Forum 2017, Geneva, Switzerland

25/09/2017 (All day) - 27/09/2017 (All day)

Partnerships: Which model is yours?

The Trade for Sustainable Development Forum brings together business people, researchers, standards organizations and international trade officials to discuss trends in sustainable value chains and voluntary sustainability standards.

Organized by the International Trade Centre (ITC), this year's event explores the theme of partnerships:

  • Why are some models more successful in achieving sustainability objectives?
  • What are common elements of success when standards organizations, policy makers and private companies work well together?
  • What can we expect from successful collaboration?
  • What issues should we consider when engaging in new partnerships?


Monday 25 September
08:30 - 09:15 Registration
09:15 - 09:30 Opening Address
09:30 - 11:00 Partnership models: Standards organizations
Where are the overlaps and common baselines in partnership models between or with standards organizations? What are the failures from which we can all learn?
- Carlos Busquets, Director of Public Policy, Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition
- Christian Ewert, Director General, Foreign Trade Association
- Patrick Mallet, Director of Innovations, ISEAL Alliance Vivian Xia, Vice-Director, China Association for Standardization
- Reinhard Weissinger, Senior Expert, Research and Edication, International Organization for Standardization
- Eliza Anyangwe, Writer, editor and moderator, The Guardian/The Nzinga Effect 
11:00 - 11:30 Coffee and networking break
11:30 - 13:00 Partnership models: Big business
Many innovative private sector-led joint initiatives exist to develop sustainable value chains. What are the incentives for private sector engagement? Which obstacles do businesses face in collaboration? How can producers and SMEs in developing countries make the best use of the results, innovations, successes?
- Regerio Correa, Desk-Officer of the Brazilian Platform of Voluntary Sustainability Standards, Brazilian National Institute of Metrology, Quality and Technology (INMETRO)
- David Lawrence, Executive Director, AIM-Progress
- Nick Major, President, European Feed Manufacturers Federation (FEFAC)
- Matthew Reddy, Director of Forest Solutions Group and Climate Smart Agriculture, World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)
- Sylvia Wisniwski, Managing Director, Finance in Motion
- Eliza Anyangwe, Writer, editor and moderator, The Guardian/The Nzinga Effect 
13:00 - 14:15 Lunch Break (not provided)
14:15 - 15:30 Partnership Models: Policymakers
What kind of public-private partnerships for sustainability should we expect to see more of in the future involving policymakers at the national and international level?
- Vera Baumann, German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
- Cristina Fedato, Team Leader on Sustainable Infrastructure, Products and Services, Collaborating Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production
- Melvin Spreij, Secretary of the Standards and Trade Development Facility Secretariat, World Trade Organization
- Nguyen Quang Vinh, Director of the Office for Business Sustainable Development, Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry
- Eliza Anyangwe, Writer, editor and moderator, The Guardian/The Nzinga Effect
15:30 - 15:45 Coffee and networking break
15:45 - 17:15 Mini-Hackathon: Partnerships for Sustainable Development
How to scale up cross-sector collaboration? Participants form groups and work together to explore solutions to challenges presented during the day.
- Gabriela Alvarez, Researcher, Director, Latitude
- Dan Gyinaye Poku, Co-founder, Hoover
- Leontien Hasselman-Plugge, CEO, SIM Supply Chain Information Management
- Julia Lernoud, Data and Information Manager, Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL)
- Aimee Roussillo, Managing Partner, LiSeed Consulting Sandra Cabrera-Leicht, Sustainability Standards and Value Chains Advisor, ITC 
17:15 - 19:00 Cocktail Reception

Tuesday 26 September
08:15 - 09:00 Registration
09:30 - 12:30 SD4T Technical Working Group Meeting (by invitation only)
09:00 - 12:30 German Development Institute:
Organized by the German Development Institute as part of its Managing Global Governance (MGG) Network, two sessions will focus on the specific challenges and opportunities faced by small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with regard to voluntary sustainability standards (VSS) and the related demand for finance. Supported by the United Nations Forum on Sustainability Standards.
09:00 - 10:30 Managing Global Governance: Country Studies
The session presents new original studies of Brazil, China, India, Indonesia and South Africa, authored by MGG partners in the respective countries.
- Ana Carolina Mendes dos Santos, Ministry of Environment Brazil
- Thomas Fues, German Development Institute
- Representative of ITC
- Representative of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development
Introduction to the topic:
- Christoph Sommer, German Development Institute
- André Coelho, Getulio Vargas Foundation
- Marcelo Nunes, Universidade Federal Rural do Rio de Janeiro
- CAO Jiahan Shanghai Institutes for International Studies
- Amrita Goldar, Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations
- Shikhar Jain, Confederation of Indian Industries
- Yose Damuri, Centre for Strategic and International Studies Bagus Santoso, DEFINIT
- Peter Draper, Tutwa Consulting
- Anna Ngarachu, Tutwa Consulting
- Manish Pande, Quality Council of India 
10:30 - 11:00 Coffee Break
11:00 - 12:30 Managing Global Governance: Commentaries
Standards organizations, VSS platforms as well as other experts will comment on the conclusions and insights generated by the country studies.
- Archna Negi, Jawaharlal Nehru University
- Thomas Fues, German Development Institute
- Rogerio Correa, Brazilian National Institute of Metrology, Quality and Technology (INMETRO)
- LIU Xin, Standardization Administration of China
- XIA Weijia (Vivian), China Association for Standardization
- Aderina Uli Panggabean, National Standardization Agency of Indonesia
- Antonio Muñoz, Sociedad Mexicana de Normalización y Certificación
- Matlhale Peter, South African Bureau of Standards
- Manish Pande, Quality Council of India
- Reinhard Weissinger, International Organization for Standardization
- Ulrich Hoffmann, International Institute for Environment and Development
- Peter Wolff, German Development Institute Representative of ITC 
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch Break (not provided)
13:30 - 15:30 Trade for Sustainable Development: Open House
13:30 - 14:30 ITC Sustainability Map platform: launch
14:30 - 15:30 ITC-EUI presentation of a new research study
- Matteo Fiorini, Research Associate in the Global Governance Programme, European University Institute
- Philip Schleifer, Assistant Professor of Transnational Governance, University of Amsterdam
- Regina Taimasova, Advisor on Sustainability Standards & Value Chains, ITC 
15:45 - 17:45
UN's 10-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption & Production: Bringing Consumer Information and Sustainable Food Systems together
and what is needed to build a sustainable food system? What information best engages consumers? Leading institutions of the 10YFP's Sustainable Food Systems and Consumer Information Programmes will present new research into existing sustainability standards; lessons on developing multi-stakeholder agreements; concepts around diets, biodiversity impact measurement, nutrition and trade; and new Guidelines for providing product sustainability information. Specific partnerships, building on those of the 10YFP and ITC, will be proposed and encouraged.
- Mark Barthel, Partner, 3Keel LLP
- Martina Fleckenstein, Director, Agriculture & Land Use Change, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Germany
- Anne Roulin, VP Nutrition, Health & Wellness and Sustainability within R&D, Nestlé
- Joshua Wickerham, Manager, Policy & Outreach, ISEAL Alliance
- Representative of WRAP
- Representative of the 10YFP's Sustainable Food Systems and Consumer Information Programmes 

Wednesday 27 September
11:00 - 11:30
High-level Session at the WTO Public Forum
Out of the Box: Innovative Partnerships for Inclusive Trade
How to create global partnerships for 'good trade'? Truly effective collaboration is like a black box: examples are scarce, outcomes are uncertain and barriers have not yet been broken down. Sustainability is however high on today's agenda, and the Global Goals for Sustainable Development (SDGs) offer a platform for future partnerships among the multitude of actors in international trade as a vehicle for sustainable and inclusive economic development. The Permanent Representation of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the International Trade Centre (ITC) bring together leaders on sustainability issues around one table to propose partnership actions for sustainable and inclusive trade. 

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