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The aim of this meeting is to spend half a day reviewing and gaining perspectives on a series of papers developed by ICTSD which is focused on the role of sustainability standards in driving inclusive economic transformation. Ultimately, the substantive inputs, policy recommendations and expertise that will emerged from the discussions will contribute to, consolidate the analyses currently underway in order to, on the one hand, advance international technical discussions on how developing countries, in particular least-developed and low-income countries, can achieve sustainable and inclusive economic transformation by harnessing the potential arising from evolving production structures and, on the other hand, foster the dialogue on private sustainability standards in the context global value chains.

In order to strengthen the analysis of the development impact of value chains, ICTSD has developed, with the support of the German Development Cooperation, a compendium of three papers analyzing how regulation and standards can support social and environmental dynamics in value chains – noting that private sustainability standards can carry a great potential to contribute to all dimensions of sustainable development and thus to the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals. Further insights will be presented upfront and related to the key dynamics driving GVCs with an overview of the various processes involved in enhancing the sustainable development outcomes of value chain participation. 

This event is by invitation only.

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Divonnes-les-Bains, France
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Wednesday, 14 June 2017 - 11:57am
20 December 2015

Al Jazeera

The World Trade Organisation (WTO) has come under renewed criticism for failing poor and developing countries in their 14-year-long battle to achieve a breakthrough in key agricultural trade talks.  

Several countries, including Kenya, India and Pakistan, have been calling the WTO to force developed countries to phase out subsidies paid to farmers whose overproduction threatens the livelihoods of farmers in the developing world.

While climate change is a global concern, its impacts are anticipated to bring about extraordinary hardship to developing countries, and especially to their poorest people. Indeed, exceptionally severe shocks from climate change can be expected in many of the world’s poorest countries, especially those that rely heavily on sectors that are highly exposed to climatic impacts, such as agriculture and fisheries.

In today’s interconnected world, trade policy and international regulatory frameworks are likely to determine decisions on allocation and use of resources. In this context, there are at least two dimensions in which climate change interfaces with trade policy that are relevant to poverty. On the one hand, as climate changes are expected to alter productivity in important economic sectors and to stress existing infrastructure, trade policy needs to be managed in a way that enables, rather than hampers, the necessary responses to adjust and adapt, that favour in particular the poor. On the other hand, policy responses to climate change should be crafted and implemented in ways that preclude perverse impacts on growth opportunities of developing countries, including on trade-driven sectors of the economy relevant to the poor.

This ICTSD roundtable discussion, which forms part of the Geneva Roundtables Series on Climate Change, Trade and Development 2010-2011, will first explore the inter-linkages between trade, poverty and climate change, in order to support well-informed policy responses in these areas. Then, particular focus will be lent to issues of financing, including a look at how to make climate change financing and aid for trade complementary and mutually reinforcing, which is crucial to addressing the climate change adaptation needs and specific supply-side constrain of developing countries.

Interpretation will be available in English, French and Spanish.

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Geneva
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Global
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Climate Change
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English
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Friday, 28 May 2010 - 9:30am