UNCTAD is implementing a project “Fostering Green Exports through Voluntary Sustainability Standards in Developing Countries” that aims to strengthen capacities of developing countries to make the best use out of voluntary sustainability standards (VSS) as a tool to foster green exports which can also contribute to the SDGs.
Ministry of Economy, Mexico DF, DECEMBER 14-15 2017 The aim is to gather state representatives, coalitions of non-governmental actors, industry and academia to discuss the actual context of Mexico´s Voluntary Sustainability Standards (VSS) and have a dialogue around ‘How can sustainability standards take better account of the special needs of developing countries?’ This workshop is organized by the Dirección General de Normas, Secretaria de Economia, México and the German Development Institute (DIE). The workshop will have several conferences from experts, from the
UNCTAD events on the margins of the Eleventh WTO Ministerial Conference. Two years into the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, legitimate concerns remain as to whether trade will play its meaningful role in delivering prosperity for all.
A new series of case-studies developed by the ISEAL Alliance illustrates how VSS and governments can collaborate to create more sustainable supply chains. With this initiative, ISEAL aims to provide new insights for policy-makers and stimulate further dialogue on the interactions between governments and sustainability standards – an important topic that was the focus of the UNFSS’s 2nd Flagship report in 2016. The case-studies build on the UNFSS Flagship report discussions into the optimal dynamics between public policy processes
The VSS discussions on September 27 had a twofold objective viz., to, firstly, have a policy discussion on the need for global governance in dealing with the multiplicity of VSS and harnessing them as tools to achieve sustainable growth through trade in producing countries; and, secondly, the emergence of multi-stakeholder approach at the national level in the form of national VSS platforms in several emerging countries and sharing the lessons learn in holistically discussing strategic approaches to VSS.