PRESS NOTIFICATION

15 June 2012

Rio+20 Trade and Sustainable Development Symposium
Tuesday, 19 June 2012 - 8:30 to 20:00
Rio Othon Palace, Copacabana (Rio de Janeiro)

The International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development and Centro Brasileiro de Relações Internacionais have the pleasure of inviting you to attend our high-level event focussed on trade and sustainable development. This dynamic event will be an excellent opportunity to get up close and personal with some of the world's top government representatives, civil society, academics, and business leaders in the trade and sustainable development field.

Time: Tuesday, 19 June 2012 - 8:30 to 20:00
Place: Rio Othon Palace Hotel, Avenida Atlântica, 3264, Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro

Key themes to be discussed at the Symposium:

Labelling Schemes - As the paths of traded goods are shifting and value chains are becoming more complex, the tools for measuring and reducing impact are also becoming more sophisticated. Sustainability labels have provided opportunities for positive product differentiation and access to rapidly growing markets, but they have also stirred fears regarding market barriers.

Subsidy Reform - The issue of subsidy reform is gaining momentum as the world faces increased fiscal austerity. The gradual phase-out of fossil fuel subsidies, as well as subsidies that have stimulated agricultural overproduction or contributed to the depletion of fish stocks, represents a real opportunity for long-term sustainability.

Export Restrictions - As natural resources become more difficult to source, some countries are turning to controversial policy tools to look after their own interests. In the cases of minerals and rare earths, the use of export restrictions has led to increased market volatility and anxiety among import-dependent countries.

Green Technology Innovation and Trade - Green technology innovation and freer trade in environmental and low-carbon technologies could play a major role in helping to mitigate climate change and address environmental issues globally. Some developing countries, however, argue that the playing field is uneven against them in the transition towards a green economy.
For detailed information about the conference and to register, please visit
ictsd.org/rioplus20

Contact:
Adriana Verdier
averdier@ictsd.ch
+55 21 9497-2798