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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 • 1:30pm - 3:00pm
The Digital Economy And Innovative Partnerships: New Opportunities For Sustainability Standards

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Sustainability standards and the increasing demand of consumers in both developed and developing countries for sustainably produced goods and services offer great potential for achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). At the same time, they can have an adverse effect if producers and exporters from developing countries are able to meet these requirements.

As sustainability demands increase, producers and firms of all sizes and at all levels and locations along the supply chain need to adjust and monitor practices in order to meet consumer expectations and their own Corporate Social Responsibility principles. Through sustainability standards, producers in developing countries can access new and/or more remunerative markets, whilst investing in better social and environmental production conditions. When they are successful, standards can help create decent work and economic growth. However, compliance to standards and technical regulations is especially challenging for small and medium enterprises (SME) from developing countries.

As standards proliferate, the needs for harmonization, conformity assessment and transparency become more evident. Effective partnerships and cooperation mechanisms can importantly contribute to better aligning the sustainability and trade agendas. These include cooperation between the private and the public sector, among standards setting organizations and between international organization working on trade and sustainability issues.

The session seeks to bring together different perspective to these issues and discuss what forms effective cooperation should take to ensure that sustainability standards contribute to sustainable trade and support the SDGs.

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Judith Fessehaie

Trade and Development Programme Manager, ICTSD
Judith Fessehaie is a Programme Manager and leads the ICTSD’s Trade and Development programme. Before joining ICTSD, Judith worked as a senior consultant at the Centre for Competition, Regulation and Economic Development (CCRED), Johannesburg, in the area of industrial developm... Read More →

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Maria Amparo Alban

Executive Director, ACDC Consulting
María Amparo Albán is a lawyer and consultant based in Quito. Studied law at the Pontifical Catholic University (PUCE) and has a master degree in economic law from the Andean University Simon Bolivar (UASB).  Has studied international trade negotiation at Harvard and Columbia University. Has developed extensive work on national and international policy on natural resources, trade and sustainability, including the drafting of environmental law legislation. Has participated in different research projects with UNCTAD, OAS, IDB, UNEP, and UNDP. Has worked for different civil society organizations and private sector. Has served as advisor to the Minister of Trade of Ecuador and was Undersecretary of Small and Medium... Read More →
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Alicia Frohmann

Consultant, CEPAL/ECLAC
Alicia Frohmann is a trade policy and export promotion expert, with experience both as a policy maker in Chile and as a consultant to developing countries. She was Technical Coordinator of Chile’s free-trade negotiations with the US, and Director of ProChile, the international... Read More →
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Rupa Ganguli

Founder and CEO, Inclusive Trade Ltd.
Rupa is the Founder and CEO of Inclusivetrade.com, a revolutionary new online retail B2C platform, that provides consumers with the ability to ‘#ShopByImpact’. While empowering small businesses, artists and female entrepreneurs, inclusivetrade.com connects tradition with tech... Read More →
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Ulrich Höcker

Ulrich Höcker is currently Head of the Sustainable Economic Development and Digitization Section at Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Department of Sector and Global Programmes. His focus is on Economic Policy, SME promotion as well as Local and Regio... Read More →
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Marjorie Lopes Miranda

Marjorie Miranda is Project Coordinator of Sustainability and Social Responsibility at CECAFÉ – Brazilian Coffee Exporters Council. Responsible for implementing and managing programs addressed to socio-environmental matters with the goal to improve sustainability within the coffee sector. She also develops tools for monitoring data alongside the technical director, updates policies and procedures to comply with ethical standards and coordinates multi stakeholder initiatives that raise awareness towards sustainability throughout the coffee chain, starting from rural production to exportation. | Before joining... Read More →
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Luiz Eduardo Rielli

Senior Sustainable Development and International Cooperation Advisor
Luiz Rielli is a senior sustainable development and international cooperation expert and consultant. He is currently working with strategy, governance and innovation approaches in order to implement the 2030 Agenda in Latin America and Africa. He has worked as corporate sustainability head at AES Brasil and CPFL Energia, major Brazilian energy utilities, and InterCement, a global building materials manufacturer. Previously, he was the Executive-Director of AES Institute and board member of... Read More →

Tuesday December 12, 2017 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Breakout Room 2 - Sarmiento

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