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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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Alicia Bárcena

Executive Secretary
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 Bárcena was Coordinator of the Latin American and Caribbean Sustainable Development Programme of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and coordinator of the Environmental Citizenship Project at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Alicia Bárcena also founded and directed the Earth Council, a non-governmental organization based in Costa Rica, responsible for monitoring the agreements reached at the United Nations’ Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) held in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) in 1992.