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Agricultura: terreno fértil para o crescimento?

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UNCTAD defines NTMs as regulatory and non-regulatory measures that have a de facto impact on international trade, including licencing, procurement practices, subsidies, public SPS standards and voluntary sustainability standards (VSS). A high-level panel at the beginning of the week highlighted concrete cases of how NTMs can have an adverse impact on exports from developing countries. Key points from an ICTSD perspective from the rest of the week include:

  • There should be more transparency in how standards are adopted, regardless of whether they are public or private, so that producers in developing countries know who is blocking their exports and can try to address the problem;
  • Within developing countries, good regulatory practice can streamline the NTMs and reduce the cost of producing and exporting: several countries have participated in World Bank and OECD projects to encourage such practices;
  • At an international level, it’s important to promote regulatory harmonization around NTMs. Within the East African community, for example, there is a mechanism to discuss any new regulations and resolve issues. Using a common NTM classification and mutual recognition of each other’s rules is crucial. Adopting international rules, like from Codex Alimentarius, can help harmonization around standards;
  • A key part of UNCTAD work in recent years has been building an extensive database of such NTMs, covering 109 countries and 90% of trade, based on their statistical classification of each of these measures. This data complements ITC’s StandardsMap, which has info on VSS, and ITC firm-level data on standards adoption;
  • This database is used in the analysis of a new book by UNCTAD and the World Bank, entitled “The Unseen Impact of NTMs: Insights from a new database”. The book focuses on NTMs in the context WTO, TFA and SDGs, and assesses the effects of NTMs on market access.
  • UNCTAD also has a new book “Non-Tariff Measures: Economic Assessment and Policy Option for Development” which provides an overview of the evolving role of NTMs in the multilateral policy framework and how these measures affect development strategies. This book provides an overview of analytical tools for the assessment of how NTMs impact socio-economic development.
  • The UN Forum on Sustainability Standards (UNFSS) presented its new 3rdflagship report, which focuses on trade and VSS. The first chapter is by the European University Institute and essentially points out that VSS have a direct influence on sustainable development, by changing the way production is done; and indirectly, because VSS affects trade which affects sustainable development. They then look at all the requirements mentioned in VSS documents using ITC’s standards map, benchmark them against the SDGs, and find that some SDGs are much less represented (eg gender). The second part of the report is on the experience of the UNFSS national platforms.

 

 

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Tuesday, 9 October 2018 - 9:00am to Thursday, 11 October 2018 - 6:00pm

The UNCTAD Global Services Forum (GSF) is convened to advance the development agenda connected to the services’ economy and trade, to raise awareness on the direct and indirect effects of services on inclusive and sustainable development, and to promote and strengthen partnerships between stakeholders.

The GSF 2018 will focus on the important role of knowledge-based services for sustainable development, productive and export diversification, innovation and internationalization.

Ricardo Meléndez-Ortiz, Chief Executive of ICTSD, is a panellist in the session on “The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: a services agenda?”

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Thursday, 13 September 2018 - 9:00am to Friday, 14 September 2018 - 6:00pm

The T20 Summit 2018 brought together leading think tanks, government officials, representatives from international organizations and stakeholders from the business community. The T20 Communiqué was presented to the G20 Argentina presidency.

Ricardo Meléndez-Ortiz, Chief Executive of ICTSD, is a panellist in the session on “The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: a services agenda?” and the chair of the session “G20 and the future of the multilateral trade system”.

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Sunday, 16 September 2018 - 9:00am to Tuesday, 18 September 2018 - 6:00pm

The T20 Summit 2018 brought together leading think tanks, government officials, representatives from international organizations and stakeholders from the business community. The T20 Communiqué was presented to the G20 Argentina presidency.

Ricardo Meléndez-Ortiz, Chief Executive of ICTSD, is a panellist in the session on “The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: a services agenda?” and the chair of the session “G20 and the future of the multilateral trade system”.

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Accelerating progress on the Sustainable Development Goals and Paris Agreement commitments requires global dialogue, deeper public-private cooperation and wider application of Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies. Building on the momentum of last year’s inaugural summit, the Forum will once again bring multiple voices to the world stage for discussions on sustainable development and to seek solutions to climate change. The Sustainable Development Impact Summit 2018 aims to shape an agenda for action and serve as a platform to harness cutting-edge scientific, technological and digital innovations.

Ricardo Meléndez-Ortiz, Chief Executive of ICTSD, is a participant at the session on Harnessing Global Value Chains for Sustainable Development.

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Tuesday, 25 September 2018 - 9:00am to 6:00pm