The UNFSS Report Launch at Berlin

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The German Development Institute and its partners in the Managing Global Governance (MGG) Network and the Federation of German Industries (BDI), in collaboration with UNFSS, organised conference to discuss the UNFSS 2nd Flagship report (title) in Berlin (20-22 October 2016).

Over 100 participants from Germany, emerging market economies and international organizations actively participated in a multi-stakeholder dialogue on how to make voluntary sustainability standards (VSS) work for sustainable development for all, i.e. for producers, consumers, businesses and the governments.

Participants represented national standardization bodies, government ministries, businesses, producer groups, and civil society. Many have demonstrated their commitment to proactively address the challenges of sustainable and inclusive value chains in their own domains.

The conference produced tangible follow-ups. Following the suit of successful and innovative initiative presented by the Indian National Platform on Private Sustainability Standards, participants from China and Brazil announced the formation of similar bodies in 2017. And the German Development Institute and the MGG Network expressed their commitment to further collaborate with UNFSS and all interested parties in this filed.

Statement by the Deputy Secretary- General, UNCTAD – Launch of the UNFSS report

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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.