AP Members can now download documentation in our Documentation section.
The EU Due Diligence Regulation on Deforestation: What Role for Voluntary Sustainability Standards (VSS)?
This article delves into the European Union's new Regulation on
Sustainable Trade and VSS Dialogue: Understanding the role of VSS for advancing the sustainability agenda through the forthcoming UNFSS 5th Flagship Report
The UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres recently warned that the world
The Tools of Trade: Exploring challenges and opportunities of Voluntary Sustainability Standards in the forthcoming UNFSS 5th Flagship Report
The recently approved UNCTAD XV Bridgetown Covenant recalls that “today,
In a world grappling with converging disruptions: effects of the
Local Solutions for Global Challenges: The Role of UNFSS National Platforms’ Network in maximising benefits of Voluntary Sustainability Standards (VSS)
Everyday life has been struck by climate change effects, deepening
No Poverty among Smallholder Farmers: Can access to Voluntary Sustainability Standards (VSS)-compliant markets help?
Ever since the adoption of the 2015 Sustainable Development Agenda,
Africa prepares to mainstream Voluntary Sustainability Standards: Launch of the African Continental platform on Voluntary Sustainability Standards￼
On 6th April 2022, the African Organisation for standardization (ARSO),
Improving gender equality has many positive impacts on individuals and
The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed systemic fragilities across the globe.
The Circular Economy: Can Voluntary Sustainability Standards play a role in bidding adieu to the ‘take, make, waste’ model?
The last three decades have witnessed a worsening of the
Globalization has brought profound changes to international trade over the
03rd December 2021, Geneva - The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) and the United Nations Conference on
Governments’ pledges for sustainable development are flourishing, most notably as
The considerable diversity of priorities associated with the uptake of
Time to opt for Good Practices in Benchmarking Sustainability The essence
Nearly half of the world's population is directly dependent on
Launch of the 3rd Flagship Report: Voluntary Sustainability Standards (VSS), Trade and Sustainable Development
3rd UNFSS Flagship Report: Voluntary Sustainability Standards (VSS), Trade and
Fostering Green Exports through Voluntary Sustainability Standards in Developing Countries, Vanuatu and Lao PDR
UNCTAD is implementing a project “Fostering Green Exports through Voluntary
Launch of the Indian National Platform on Private Sustainable Standards, 18 March 2016, New Delhi, India.
On 18 March the Government of India launched a national
FAO has published a document on Impact of international voluntary
The UNFSS was present at the following events in India
Frank Grothaus of the UNFSS support group attended this meeting,
Standards Conclave – Role of Standards in International Trade: Challenges,
On March 6-7, 2014, the International Cocoa Organization, in collaboration
The UNFSS, in collaboration with the State Secretariat for Economic
The Summary Reports are now available for the UNFSS workshops
There was a UNFSS Briefing Session on June 27th, 2013 in
The Summary of the Minutes and presentation for the UNFSS
The United Nations Forum on Sustainability Standards (UNFSS) is a joint initiative of 5 UN Agencies (FAO, ITC, UNCTAD, UN Environment and UNIDO) that seeks to address these challenges. It is a demand-driven forum for intergovernmental actors to communicate among each other and engage with key target groups (producers, traders, consumers, standard-setters, certification-bodies, trade diplomats, relevant NGOs and researchers) to address their information needs and influence concerned stakeholders. It aims to provide impartial information, analysis, and discussions on VSS and their potential contribution to facilitate market access, strengthen public goods and achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Most importantly, the UNFSS focuses on potential trade or development obstacles VSS may create, with particular emphasis on their impact on SMEs and less developed countries.