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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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Jodie Keane

Commonwealth Secretariat
Economic Advisor, Trade division
Canada
The Commonwealth Secretariat has recently undertaken a six month project on Graduation from Least Developed Country status. This process has included a specific contribution to the Gradjet platform being developed by the UN Committee for Development Policy, on trade related adjustment - the Global Value Chain perspective. This framework has then been applied to the Solomon Islands as part of our broader assistance related to LDC graduation issues. We are also exploring the relationship between Aid for Trade disbursements and graduation from LDC status.
The work currently undertaken within the International Trade Policy Division on LDC trade issues relates to the broader agenda of the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals and 2030 Agenda.