WHAT: The Good Trade Summit 2020, organized by the International Trade Centre (ITC). Under the theme "Emerging Stronger from the COVID-19 Crisis", the Summit highlights the need to place sustainability and gender equality at the heart of the recovery from the COVID-19 crisis, while spotlighting the importance of "good trade" for a more inclusive and equitable world. It will examine these themes through a value-chain perspective from every angle to ask:
The event brings together the SheTrades Global - the premier global event linking women entrepreneurs with buyers and partners - with the Trade for Sustainable Development (T4SD) Forum - one of the leading global events on sustainable value chains - for critical discussions on sustainability, trade & gender.
WHY: The coronavirus has taken a huge toll on human lives, overwhelming hospitals, emptying shops, and exposing the frailty of our trading systems based on value chains. It has also disproportionately hit women, impacting livelihoods and exacerbating the gender gap. These extraordinary circumstances have revealed the interconnectedness of multiple trade and development challenges - and the ever-growing need for collaboration.
WHO: The Good Trade Summit will convene a wide range of stakeholders from the trade and development community, entrepreneurs, business leaders, government officials and inspirational speakers from all walks of life to share experiences, showcase initiatives across ITC's networks, encourage networking and brainstorm rebuilding a more equitable and sustainable future. Confirmed speakers include:
WHEN: 7-8 October 2020
14:00 - 17:40 CET (7 October)
14:00 - 18:40 CET (8 October)
WHERE: online. Registration page: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-good-trade-summit-online-registration-118597096107
DAY 1: TOWARDS A SUSTAINABLE AND INCLUSIVE RECOVERY
INTRODUCTION: DAY 1
HIGH-LEVEL SUMMIT OPENING
HIGH-PROFILE KICK-OFF INTERVIEW
PANEL 1 (ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY):
Maintaining Momentum: From COVID-19 Recovery to a Green Transition
PANEL 2 (GENDER AND TRADE):
Women and trade at the heart of the pandemic recovery
DAY 2: THE WAY FORWARD: RESILIENCE THROUGH SUSTAINABLE, INNOVATIVE AND INCLUSIVE TRADE
SPECIAL "SETTING THE SCENE": DAY 2
PANEL 1 (SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC SUSTAINABILITY):
"Building Back Better": Social and Economic Sustainability for Resilience
PANEL 2 (GENDER AND SUSTAINABILITY IN TECHNOLOGY):
Digital transformation for Shockproof and Inclusive Value Chains
NETWORKING POWER HOUR
Wednesday 7 October - Towards a Sustainable and Inclusive Recovery
COVID-19 has decimated livelihoods and taken many lives, and the ongoing recovery remains slow, painful and uneven. What are some initial "lessons learned" from the crisis? How can we "build back better"? Day 1 will examine value chains through the prism of environmental sustainability and gender equality - two key ingredients for "good trade".
Susanna Pak, Communications Officer, International Trade Centre (ITC)
Pamela Coke-Hamilton, Executive Director, International Trade Centre (ITC)
KEYNOTE "SETTING THE SCENE"
Amina J. Mohammed, Deputy Secretary - General, United Nations
HIGH-LEVEL OPENING REMARKS
Inger Andersen, Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme
Dr. Bertrand Piccard, Explorer, Psychiatrist and Chairman of the Solar Impulse Foundation
Vanessa Erogbogbo, Chief, Sustainable and Inclusive Value Chains, International Trade Centre (ITC)
PANEL 1 (ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY): Maintaining Momentum: From COVID-19 Recovery to a Green Transition
2020 brought our dependence on the natural world into sharp focus. In January, the World Economic Forum's Global Risks report showed that for the first time ever, environmental risks were among the top five long-term concerns listed by the Forum's network. That same month, a joint WEF/PwC report revealed that $44 trillion of economic value generation - more than half of the world's GDP - is "moderately or highly dependent on nature and its services. Just a few weeks later, the coronavirus pandemic - potentially linked to wildlife trade - broke out worldwide, exposing the dire economic consequences of our tyrannical treatment of nature, and its disastrous impacts on value chains. In the future, how can environmental considerations be better integrated into companies' strategies, so as to mitigate their impact on the planet? And are climate-resilient companies better equipped to face crises like COVID-19? With governments around the world focused on re-starting their economies, how can we ensure that environmental concerns are integrated into economic growth plans? The session will bring together various leaders to answer these questions.
Dr. Carolyn Deere Birkbeck, Senior Researcher, Graduate Institute and Associate Fellow, Hoffmann Centre for Sustainable Resource Economy, Chatham House
PANEL 2 (GENDER AND TRADE): Women and trade at the heart of the pandemic recovery
The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is not gender neutral. We already know that women are more likely than men to work in low-paying, insecure and informal jobs. In May 2020, ITC SheTrades conducted a survey which showed that women are more likely to work in sectors that have shut down since the crisis began, such as tourism and hospitality.
There is growing concern that global gender-based inequalities will increase, reversing existing progress on gender equality and the SDGs. We cannot afford to lose ground.
While governments focus on emergency relief and fiscal stimulus measures, women entrepreneurs should be at the heart of our response to this pandemic, in terms of providing access to markets, resilience skills and growth capital.
This panel will take stock of the immediate relief efforts taken so far, and present longer-term recovery strategies for all sectors of society, that respond to the unique and unequal impacts on women.
H.E. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, former President of Liberia and Nobel Laureate
Thursday 8 October - The Way Forward: Resilience Through Sustainable, Inclusive and Innovative Trade
In order for trade to become "better" and value chains more resilient, the social and economic pillars of sustainability must also be considered. In that light, Day 2 of the Good Trade Summit will examine how economic and social sustainability can contribute to resilience, and how technology - and women in tech - can accelerate the transition to more transparent, inclusive and sustainable supply chains.
5-minute inspiring statement
Selwin Charles Hart, Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Climate Action & Assistant Secretary-General for the Climate Action Team, UN
5-minute "setting the scene" introduction
14:10 - 15:25
PANEL 1 (SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC SUSTAINABILITY): "Building Back Better": Social and Economic Sustainability for Resilience
The Coronavirus has had far-reaching consequences for the labour force, affecting both the quantity and quality of jobs - while decimating enterprises. Because of virus-related impacts, the ILO predicts a rise in global unemployment of between 5.3 million and 24.7 million. Hundreds of thousands of workers, especially in hard-hit sectors like textiles, are at risk of losing their livelihoods, and companies of all sizes - from SMEs to large corporations - are threatened with collapse. Social and economic sustainability are crucial to "building back better", but what are the key policies needed to minimize the impact of the pandemic on the world of work and create more sustainable value chains? And how can companies become more resilient in the face of crises? This session will explore these questions through the eyes of experts and practitioners.
Mathieu Lamolle, Senior Advisor on Sustainability Standards & Value Chains, ITC
15:45 - 17:00
PANEL 2 (GENDER AND SUSTAINABILITY IN TECHNOLOGY): Digital transformation for Shockproof and Inclusive Value Chains
Technology is crucial as companies try to navigate coronavirus challenges that threaten their "brick and mortar" businesses. E-commerce, digital platforms and trading, machine learning, Internet of Things, and blockchain can be leveraged for more transparent, sustainable and resilient value chains. Yet despite the hastened adoption of advanced technologies across industries as varied as services, agriculture, and journalism, the digital divide is a reality for those in less developed economies and for women. What are some initiatives that are already leveraging technology to drive more efficiency and transparency? What are the limitations of technology? How can technology become more inclusive? Pioneers and experts will get together to discuss these questions and more.
Susanna Pak, Communications Officer, ITC
17:00 - 17:15
17:15 - 17:35
CONCLUDING KEYNOTE INTERVIEW
An inspiring fireside chat with an eminent expert
17:35 - 17:40
Closing statement by the International Trade Centre's Deputy Executive Director
Dorothy Tembo, Deputy Executive Director, International Trade Centre (ITC)
17:40 - 18:40
A dedicated space for virtual networking where participants can use the Good Trade Summit virtual platform's interactive features to chat and set up meetings with other delegates.
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Hashtag of the event: #GoodTradeSummit
MORE INFORMATION AND CONTACTS
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