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Andean Community Sustainable Trade Workshop
05 - 06 June 2018
Lima, Peru

Key Issues

​In recent years, Voluntary Sustainability Standards (VSS) had an increasing influence over export opportunities for developing countries to access the international markets. The fast-changing landscape matters to everyone: consumers, buyers, traders, producers, and policymakers, given its pertinence in the global trends, market access conditions and the standards used at all levels of the supply chains. In 2016, Andean Community exports to the EU reached US $13,718 million, with agri-food products exports representing 43% between these two partners, making EU the second most important single export market for the Andean Community countries. Considering the high demands of VSS in the EU market, improvements of Andean Community’s Small Medium Enterprises’ (SMEs) sustainable production is an imperative step forward.

In the effort to address the key challenges and opportunities faced by SMEs, The United Nations Forum of Sustainability Standards (UNFSS) and its members, The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the International Trade Center (ITC), and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Netherlands (CBI), in collaboration with the Andean Community and PromPeru will provide a 2-days intensive training workshop on 5–6 June 2018 in Lima, Peru on ‘Sustainable Trade between Peru and the EU’.

This workshop will target 60 Peruvian SMEs with interests to access the EU market by delivering expertise in:

  • Learning about international trade, market access and supply chain standards.
  • Export requirements demanded by the EU.
  • EU’s food and vegetable regulations.
  • Sustainable agricultural production and renewable energy.
  • Ppresentation of ITC’s Sustainability Map tools and the UNCTAD Trade and Analysis Information System (TRAINS).

trainers from UNCTAD, ITC and CBI trainers from UNCTAD, ITC and CBI partners will present a portfolio of the above mentioned online resources that is essential to  clarify the complex landscape of international markets and support traders, manufacturers, brands, retailers and policy makers’ in taking well informed decisions and developing successful and sustainable export strategies.

A research on “Sustainable Trade between Andean Community and European Union” that looks into VSS and Andean Community exports to the EU under its Renewable Energy Directive and the implications of renewable energy in the production of exportable agri-food products will also be presented during this workshop.


Co-organized with:Andean Community and International Trade Centre
Sponsor / funding:United Nations Forum on Sustainability Standards
Santiago Fernandez de Cordoba Briz Santiago.fernandezdecordoba@gmail.com
Related Sites:

United Nations Forum on Sustainability Standards

International Trade Centre


Covid-19 Advisory
In view of the current situation concerning the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), it has been decided in the public interest to postpone all UNCTAD meetings scheduled in May 2020, including those listed below. New dates will be communicated in due time.
  • Multi-year Expert Meeting on Trade, Services and Development (5 to 6 May 2020)
  • Short course for Geneva-based delegates - Para 166 (8 May 2020)
  • Multi-year Expert Meeting on Investment, Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Productive Capacity-building and Sustainable Development (13 May 2020)
  • UNCTAD ad-hoc meetings
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