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  • Building peace in Colombia through cocoa exports

    Friday, 9 November 2018, Geneva, Switzerland

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    Geneva Peace Week (GPW) is a global initiative that supports peace and human rights. Geneva-based governmental and non-governmental organizations organize a series of events to promote their work in these areas. This year, the event will be held from 5-9 November at venues throughout Geneva.

    The International Trade Centre’s (ITC) joint event with Swisscontact will showcase the cooperation of the two organizations in Colombia in a context of violence, poverty and peacebuilding efforts. Indeed, ITC and Swisscontact helped smallholder farmers develop high-quality cocoa exports as an alternative and sustainable way of improving their livelihoods.

    Through this collaboration, ITC adapted its sustainability tools to local needs by developing the Basic Guidelines for Sustainable Cocoa platform. The project was possible thanks to the funding of the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO). ITC will replicate the experiences from this project by carrying out further export-related interventions in the country.

    This event will familiarize the audience with the project, and will feature a head of the Red Cacaotera association, who will speak of the project’s benefits and of the challenges encountered by cocoa farmers within the peacebuilding process.

    Venue: Palais des Nations, Room VIII, Building A, Door 13, 3rd floor


    Friday, 9 November 2018, 10:45-12:00

    Opening remarks:
    H.E. Mr. Juan Carlos González, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Colombia to the World Trade Organization

    Ms. Arancha González, Executive Director, ITC

    Mr. Fredy Martinez, Vice President, Junta Nacional de la Red Cacaotera, Colombia
    Mr. Beni Lang, Director South America, Swisscontact, Switzerland
    Ms. Sandra Cabrera de Leicht, T4SD Colombia Project Officer, ITC

    Closing remarks:
    Mr. Marco Kräuchi, Programme Manager, Trade Promotion Division, SECO (TBC)

    Ms. Susanna Pak, Communications Officer, ITC

    Guests will be welcomed with coffee, croissants, and Colombian chocolate.
    Interpretation from and into Spanish will be offered.

    Registration Guidelines:

    1) To attend this event, please make sure to first register through our Eventbrite page or by clicking on the 'Register Now' button.

    The deadline for registration is Tuesday 6 November.
    2) A second registration will be mandatory for participants and speakers who do not have a valid UNOG badge. Please follow the steps on the Eventbrite page to register and access the venue at the Palais des Nations.