Workshop: Voices from rural communities in Least Developed Countries on promoting traditional food products and the territories through geographical indications (GIs)

16 December 2014
9:30-17:30 hrs., Room XII, Palais des Nations
, Switzerland

Reporting lessons learned and establishing a dialogue with LDCs representatives and the Geneva community
Opening remarks by:
  • H.E. Mr. Séraphin LISSASSI, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Permanent Mission of the Republic of Benin to the United Nations, Geneva
  • H.E. Mr. Christopher ONYAGA APARR, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Uganda , Coordinator of the LDC Group , WTO
Opening statement:
  • Taffere Tesfachew, Director UNCTAD Division for Africa, Least Developed Countries and Special Programmes



  1. Assisting LDCs in promoting traditional products and territories trough the use of Geographical indications

  2. Country experiences: Challenges and success stories in promoting traditional products in selected Least Developed Countries through geographical indications

  3. Round table: Reflections on the lessons learned from the rural communities and a possible way forward to further assist them in promoting their products through geographical indications and related techniques

    This session will explore the various options and modalities on how International community could develop mechanisms and modalities to assist the rural communities in the LDCs to promote their traditional products while preserving their identity and biodiversity.

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