UNFSS, in collaboration with the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs of Switzerland, the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research and the International Institute for Sustainable Development, will organize two events on 31 January to mark the launch of: the State of Sustainability Initiatives (SSI) Review 2014 and the first Global Report of the Committee on Sustainability Assessment (COSA)
The events will provide an opportunity to discuss current challenges in data collection and potential solutions, and to analyse the processes of voluntary sustainability standards and their impacts.
The events will also allow participants and the authors of the reports to exchange views on market trends, system performance and impact research relating to popular sustainability standards.
Morning session (10:00-13:00 hrs.)
Trends and Impacts in Voluntary Standards - The SSI 2014 Review and the Global Launch of COSA First Global Report
Opening remarks will be made by UNCTAD Secretary-General, Mr. Mukhisa Kituyi
Afternoon session (14:30-17:00 hrs.)
Closing the Information Gap: Opportunities and Challenges for Policy Makers for Building Understanding on Sustainability Standards
Opening remarks will be made by Mr. Guillermo Valles, Director of the Division of International Trade and Commodities, UNCTAD
UNFSS, which was launched in March 2013 to respond to growing interest in sustainability standards that can reduce poverty in developing countries, is cosponsored by UNCTAD and four other United Nations agencies: the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Trade Centre (ITC), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).