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Trade for Sustainable Development Forum 2018

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    1-3 October 2018, Geneva, Switzerland

    Organized by the International Trade Centre (ITC), the fifth T4SD Forum will discuss SDG 12 “Responsible Consumption and Production" and its relationship with sustainable trade in global value chains.

    The forum will be held at ITC headquarters in Geneva from 1-3 October 2018.The T4SD Forum 2018 is held in parallel to the World Trade Organization (WTO) Public Forum 2018.

     

    Understanding SDG 12:

    SDG 12 aims at “doing more and better with less”, by promoting a more resource efficient economy and encouraging industries, companies and consumers to move towards more sustainable patterns of consumption. For global value chains, shifting towards greener production practices demands collaboration among all actors from producers to final consumers.

     

    The objectives of this year’s T4SD Forum:

    • Provide a unique platform to discuss sustainable trade practices and identify innovative best practices - vis-à-vis the implementation of SDG 12.
    • Identify challenges and opportunities for SMEs arising from a shift to a greener economy for the implementation of SDG 12.
    • Leverage ITC’s contribution to the Global Goals through support to SME international competitiveness for inclusive and sustainable growth through value addition, trade, investment and global partnerships.

     

    Event details:

    1 October (hosted at ITC headquaters)

    • Full Day of Sessions
    • Cocktail Reception

    2 October (hosted at ITC headquaters)

    • T4SD Project Labs: interactive sessions to present T4SD’s projects through the lens of different targets of SDG 12.
      • Project Lab 1: EU Cities for Fair and Ethical Trade Award
      • Project Lab 2: Strengthening Climate Resilience of International Value Chains
      • Project Lab 3: Making effective and trustworthy sustainability claims: Guidelines for Providing Product Sustainability Information
      • Project Lab 4: Promoting Sustainable Investments Practices: Challenges and Opportunities for Foreign Investors in Africa
      • Project Lab 5: ITC Sustainability Map and GS1 collaboration: Empowering the Business Community to achieve the SDGs
       
    • Partners Event with UNCTAD BioTrade: sessions on sustainable consumption and production of biodiversity-based products through the lens of SDG 12.

    3 October (hosted at WTO headquaters).To attend this session, a mandatory separate registration process applies, via the WTO Public Forum 2018 website.
    (Deadline for registration is 16 September 2018)

    • High-level Panel at the WTO Public Forum "Sustainable Trade in the Connected Future" (11:30-13:00, Room W, WTO).

     

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