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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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Monday, December 11 • 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Fostering more equitable and sustainable trade in food and agricultural goods- a closer look at sustainability product standards

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The flexibility of the Paris Agreement leaves considerable leeway for governments to set their own emissions targets and to design policies and measures for meeting those targets. In addition, a variety of firms and stakeholders are taking initiatives to enhance climate action irrespective of government action, not the least in the food sector. In fact, as producers strive to reduce their carbon footprint, a range of labels, standards and guidelines are emerging and proliferating, constituting a complex web of requirements which producers and exporters need to meet in order to market their products. In the context of international trade, this is on the one hand beneficial, as consumers may exercise some control over the produce they purchase, and producers can get credit for being carbon efficient. On the other hand, multiple requirements, possibly conflicting or overlapping, may effectively create barriers to trade for producers, in particular in developing countries with limited capacity. In addition, there’s the challenge of effectively recognising the efforts towards sustainability of individual producers. The evolution of this complex landscape is happening largely in parallel to the work of intergovernmental agencies dealing with related issues. The WTO indeed deals with issues related to market access and technical barriers to trade in food and agriculture, but not as a priority at MC11. In reality much of the progress is happening elsewhere, such as in bilateral or regional free trade agreements. The UNFCCC similarly takes note of how responses to climate change may cause social and economic impacts on third countries, but without taking a more proactive stance in the area of food standard and labels. 

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Alicia Bárcena

Executive Secretary, UNECLAC
Alicia Bárcena is the Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) where she previously held the positions of Deputy Executive Secretary and Director of the Environment and Human Settlements Division. Prior to her time in ECLAC, Alicia... Read More →

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Soledad Aguilar

Director for Climate Change, Min.Environment and Sust.Develop., Argentina
Soledad Aguilar is an expert in international environmental law, she is Argentina’s National Director of Climate Change in the Ministry of Environment and directs the Postgraduate Course in Law and Economics of Climate Change in FLACSO Argentina. She has participated in more than... Read More →
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Ximena Franco

Director, Florverde Sustainable Flowers, Colombia
Ingeniera industrial de la Universidad Nacional de Colombia, MSc. en Gestión Ambiental para el Desarrollo Sostenible de la Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, con estudios en Gerencia de organizaciones de desarrollo, Cambio climático, Certificaciones ambientales y Liderazgo, entre... Read More →
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Ricardo Meléndez-Ortiz

Chief Executive, International Center for Trade and Sustainable Development
Ricardo MELÉNDEZ-ORTIZ (@RMelendezOrtiz) is co-founder of ICTSD and has been its Chief Executive since 1996. Previously, he co-founded and was General Director of Fundación Futuro Latinoamericano (Quito). He has represented Colombia as a negotiator in several multilateral fora, including as permanent delegate of Colombia... Read More →
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Ximena Olmos

Consultant, UN-ECLAC
Ximena is an expert on trade and sustainability issues and held positions at DIRECON in the Foreign Ministry of Chile. She holds an MA in International Strategy and Trade Policy at the Universidad de Chile and teaches at the Universidad Diego Portales and at the Instituto de Estudios... Read More →

Patricio Parra

Director R+D, Vinos de Chile
Patricio Parra is Director of Research, Development and Innovation at  Vinos de Chile, the national wine association. As part of his functions, he is responsible for the administration of the Sustainability Code of the Chilean Wine Industry. He is member of the Accreditation Committee... Read More →

Luis Rodríguez

Dirección de Gestión de Calidad Ambiental, Ministry of the Environment and Energy, Costa Rica
Luis Eduardo Rodríguez Ugalde is Coordinator  of the Environmental Footprint and Labeling Program at the Ministry of Environment and Energy of Costa Rica. He hold a degree in Agricultural Engineering and Agronomy and an MA in Natural Resources Management. He is also President of... Read More →

Monday December 11, 2017 1:30pm - 3:00pm GMT-03
Breakout Room 2 - Sarmiento