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The design and implementation of ambitious climate change mitigation measures is key for paving the way for a low-carbon future. At the same time, the implementation of these measures may also impact social and economic objectives, including in other countries. To minimize any policy conflicts in this regard, it is necessary that possible negative impacts of response measures are being properly addressed.

Discussions on response measures remain an important piece of the UNFCCC negotiating process. At COP 23, countries shared views and experiences on the impact response measures may have across countries and how economic diversification and a just transition of the workforce could help mitigate these effects. While a just transition of the workforce is needed to make the shift to a low-GHG economy equitable, economic diversification could provide the necessary framework to achieve this transition – and trade has an important role to play in this context. While trade can function as an enabler for a just transition, cutting across the various domains relevant to climate policy and sustainable development, the challenge is to ensure that it helps all countries share the benefits of transforming their economies.

It is against this backdrop that UNCTAD and UNFCCC organised this COP 23 side event to look at economic diversification, a just transition of the workforce and global value chains in the context of sustainable development. ICTSD was represented by Andrei Marcu, Senior Fellow, ICTSD and Director, ERCST who participated as a speaker in the roundtable.

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The Role of Response Measures in Ensuring the Sustainable Transition to a Low-GHG Economy
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Thursday, 16 November 2017 - 6:30pm

Today, Global Value Chains (GVCS) have become a reality for most countries. Fragmented production models are a powerful transformative force that can present both opportunities and challenges for least developed (LDCs) and low-income countries (LICs). ICTSD has developed a series of innovative research studies intended to unpack the complex relationship between GVCs and the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This session therefore presented a synthesis of ICTSD’s recent analyses on how GVCs interact with SDGs while taking into consideration the high-level of heterogeneity with regard to the sustainable development implications of value chains across the world. Looking at various sectors, geographies and types of value chains, the discussion suggested how certain sustainable development dynamics could be fostered in value chains through targeted trade policy and trade-related policy changes. Additionally, the extent to which sustainability standards can produce positive and negative sustainable development outcomes for developing countries in the context of value chains.

 

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WTO Room E, Geneva
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Thursday, 28 September 2017 - 8:30am to 10:00am