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The biennial Trade and Sustainable Development Symposium, organised by the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) and held alongside the WTO ministerial conference for over a decade, is the leading multi-stakeholder platform for intellectual enquiry and dialogue on sustainable development and the global trade and investment system. It acts as an inclusive platform outside of the WTO negotiating setting for sharing ideas, engaging in dialogue, and influencing trade policy negotiations. Drawing in participants from government, business and civil society, the Symposium helps to maintain and elaborate a global vision of sustainable development in trade and investment policymaking.
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Tuesday, December 12 • 9:00am - 10:30am
Win-Win: How International trade Can Help Meet the SDGs

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The recently agreed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are expected to guide development through the 2030 time horizon. The 17 SDGs cover many areas, such as poverty, health, sustainable development, and the environment. Given that trade is not an end in itself, there is no specific SDG goal for trade, but it is recognized as an important means of implementation. The objective of this session is to discuss the contribution that international trade can make to achieving the SDGs.

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Yann Duval

Chief,a.i. Trade Policy and Facilitation Section, United Nations ESCAP
Dr. Duval led the preparation of the Asia-Pacific Trade and Investment Report 2017 on "Channelling Trade and Investment into Sustainable Development", launched at UN ESCAP in October this year. Over the past 15 years, Dr. Duval has conducted research and delivered technical assistance... Read More →
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Matthias Helble

Senior Economist, Co-Chair, Research Department, Asian Development Bank Institute
Matthias Helble is Senior Economist and Co-Chair of the Research Department at ADBI. His research interests include international trade, health and climate change. His research has been published in prominent scientific journals, books and flagship reports of international organizations... Read More →
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Frans lammersen

principal administrator, OECD
Frans Lammersen is Principal Administrator with the Organisation for Economic Development and Co-operation (OECD) since 1997. In the Development Co-operation Directorate that services the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) he is, inter alia, responsible for the committee’s work... Read More →
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Guido Gustavo Porto

Professor, University of La Plata
Guido Gustavo Porto is a Professor of Economics at Universidad Nacional de La Plata (UNLP) in Argentina. Previously he was an Economist at the Research Department of the World Bank. He obtained his Ph.D. in Economics from Princeton University in 2002. Professor Porto’s research... Read More →

Tuesday December 12, 2017 9:00am - 10:30am GMT-03
Breakout Room 2 - Sarmiento