You are cordially invited to attend the Academic Workshop on Voluntary Sustainability Standards: Opportunities and Challenges for Sustainable Development, co-organized by the Centre for International Environmental Studies, and the United Nations Forum on Sustainability Standards (UNFSS), and initiative coordinated by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development. This workshop will be held on:
- Date: 14 March 2023
- Time: 10hrs – 12hrs (CET)
- Venue: Geneva Graduate Institute, Petal 1 (Room no. will be extended upon confirmation of in-person registration)
Kindly note that this workshop is limited to 20 participants on a first come first served basis, therefore we encourage you to reserve your spot as soon as possible.
- To reserve your spots, please register for in-person participation here.
- To register for virtual participation, please register here.
About the Workshop
Voluntary Sustainability Standards (VSS) have emerged as important tools to address key sustainability challenges such as biodiversity loss, climate change and human rights violations. Even though VSS can be catalysts of global trade through its potential to enhance competitiveness and reduce information cost, it can also be a barrier particularly for small producers in developing countries.
Building on the recent UNFSS 5th Flagship Report publication, “Voluntary Sustainability Standards (VSS), Sustainability Agenda, and Developing Countries: Opportunities and Challenges”, this workshop aims to
- equip academic practitioners with measures of effectiveness on market tools such as VSS,
- expand research discussions on VSS through multidisciplinary approaches in terms of development, economic, political and legal perspectives.
Who should participate?
Graduate, doctorate students and researchers from different disciplines, namely law, sociology, international relations, economics, political and social science.
Who are the presenters?
- Santiago Fernandez de Cordoba, Chief VSS Program and UNFSS Coordinator, UNCTAD
- Axel Marx, Deputy Director, Leuven Centre for Global Governance, KU Leuven
- Charline Depoorter, Doctoral Researcher, KU Leuven
- Discussant: Carolyn Deere Birkbeck, Director of the Forum on Trade, Environment and the SDGs, Graduate Institute
If you have any questions regarding this event, please contact Ms Ruby Lambert, Associate Economic Affairs Officer at UNCTAD, at the following email address: email@example.com