WHEN: 28 September 2016, 15:30-17:00, @WTO Room S1
29 September 2016, 14:00-17:30, @ITC Headquarters
30 September 2016, 9:00-19:00, @WTO Room W

WHERE: Geneva, Switzerland
(Geneva) – The International Trade Centre (ITC) is pleased to invite members of the media to the Trade for Sustainable Development (T4SD) Forum 2016, which will be held on 28-30 September in Geneva, Switzerland, in conjunction with the World Trade Organization (WTO) Public Forum.

The T4SD Forum draws speakers from around the world to explore the role of voluntary sustainability standards and how they can support trade-led development and ensure sustainable value chains. This year the focus is on why open data matters to sustainability, and on how data can better support decision-making by businesses, policymakers and consumers.

The opening of the event on 28 September will feature a high-level panel discussion in conjunction with the WTO Public Forum.

On 29 September, participants will convene at ITC headquarters on Rue de Montbrillant 54-56. This will include a demonstration of the new Sustainability Map platform, an online gateway designed to help businesses chart the path to more sustainable trade.

On 30 September, experts and practitioners will discuss trends and opportunities to connect open data to users at the intersection of sustainability and international trade. The event will also include a sneak peek at first findings of the State of Sustainable Markets 2016 report and a ground-breaking policy-relevant report analysing voluntary sustainability standards’ requirements.

The T4SD Forum will close with a cocktail reception in the Atrium of the World Trade Organization.

Speakers include:

Arancha González, Executive Director, International Trade Centre
Nyagoy Nyong’o, Executive Director, Fairtrade Africa
Marjeta Jager, Deputy Director-General DG-DEVCO, European CommissionIan Hope-Johnstone, Senior Director, Global Agriculture Operations and Sustainability, PepsiCo
Karin Kreider, Executive Director, ISEAL Alliance
Henning Droege, Director of International Affairs, Asociacion de Azucareros de Guatemala – ASAZGUA
Howard Presland, Head of Customer and Third Party Risk Proposition, EMEA, Thomson Reuters


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