7-9 October 2019|International Trade Centre’s T4SD Forum


Now in its sixth year, the annual Trade for Sustainable Development Forum is one of the leading global events focused on major trends in sustainable value chains and voluntary sustainability standards. Organized by the International Trade Centre (ITC), the T4SD Forum will again take place in conjunction with the WTO Public Forum, from 7-9 October.



How long before sustainability becomes the norm?

This year, the T4SD Forum will reflect the new realities of international trade and focus on sustainability mainstreaming – the process of embedding sustainability into the DNA of every organization and every business. The three-day event will look at sustainability mainstreaming from every angle: from its policy implications to its implementation on the ground, from its environmental dimension to its social dimension, from SMEs to large corporations.

This event will provide a unique platform for a diverse range of actors – from high-level officials to MSME owners and young entrepreneurs – to exchange views, share good practices and catalyze solutions that will help deliver a shared vision for a more inclusive and sustainable future.

7 October: Interactive panel discussions, one-on-one interviews and high-level keynotes followed by a cocktail reception. International Trade Centre, rue de Montbrillant 54-56, 1202 Geneva, Switzerland

8 October: Day 2 of the Forum will offer the participants a chance to explore, discuss and debate sustainability mainstreaming through small-group sessions organized around T4SD projects via “How-to” sessions. International Trade Centre, rue de Montbrillant 54-56, 1202 Geneva, Switzerland

9 October: High-level Panel “Young Voices on Green Trade” held as part of the WTO Public Forum World Trade Organization, Room W, rue de Lausanne 154, Geneva, Switzerland


Please register for this event here.
For more information, please contact sustainability@intracen.org

Download the programme in PDF



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.

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