Documentation

Below is general background documentation for the UNFSS:

Flagship Report

2016 Flagship Report of the United Nations Forum on Sustainability Standards (UNFSS) 

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First Flagship Report of the United Nations Forum on Sustainability Standards (UNFSS)

It is in two parts, with the first presenting the key issues related to VSS and the second an inventory of some of the leading initiatives working on VSS for reference.

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UNFSS-Report-Initiatives-2-FINAL_lores-1_web

UNFSS Flagship Report 2_draft

 

 

 

 

 

Please note: These documents have not yet been registered as official UN documents yet, so please do not cite or copy.

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ITC summary of impacts related to Voluntary Sustainability Standards

Briefing research standards related to VSS (It was prepared by the ITC)

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IIED draft decision-making tool for policy-makers on VSSs

Trade Standards Practitioners Network Guide on VSS (It was prepared by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) under the auspices of the Trade Standards Practitioners Network)

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UNDP Discussion Note on Sustainable Agricultural Commodities

This paper looks at the contextualization of VSSs as tools within a broader development perspective, and stresses the need to identify and address the root causes limiting development, arguing that both private and public sector must proactively address those causes.

UNDP Discussion Note

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FAO Document on Impact of International Voluntary Standards on smallholder market participation in developing countries

This publication presents the results of a literature review conducted by FAO in 2012 on the impact of voluntary standards on smallholders’ ability to participate in markets.

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FAO Publication on Voluntary Standards: Impacting smallholders’ market participation.

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UNFSS Discussion Papers

Discussion Papers are prepared under the private responsibility of the author on subjects of analytical interest to UNFSS members and stakeholders. Discussion Paper manuscripts are cleared by the Steering Group of UNFSS in consultation with the UNFSS Advisory Panel. Substantive editorial clearance is done by the Editorial Board of UNFSS.

Reproduction of UNFSS Discussion Papers is allowed, however, requires the prior authorization by the UNFSS Editorial Board. Manuscripts for the UNFSS Discussion Paper series should be submitted to the UNFSS Editorial Board (c/o Ulrich HOFFMANN, UNCTAD secretariat, sent to info@unfss.org with “UNFSS Discussion Paper series” as subject line).

Discussion Paper #1

Meta‐governance in the Realm of Voluntary Sustainability Standards: Early Experiences and Their Implications, by Boudewijn Derkx

UNFSS Discussion Paper #1

Discussion Paper #2

Review of Key Systemic Issues and Findings Resulting from Activities of the International Task Force on Harmonization and Equivalence in Organic Agriculture (ITF) and the Global Organic Market Access (GOMA) Project, by Diane Bowen, in collaboration with Ulrich Hoffmann

UNFSS Discussion Paper #2

Discussion Paper #3

Competition and Cooperation in the Market of Voluntary Sustainability Standards, by Dr. Axel Marx and Prof. Dr. Jan WoutersLeuven Centre for Global Governance Studies, KU Leuven

UNFSS Discussion Paper #3

Discussion Paper #4

Public-Private Collaboration on Policy, Standards, Regulations and Trade Facilitation for Organic Agriculture, by Diane Bowen, in collaboration with Ulrich Hoffmann (April 2015)

UNFSS Discussion Paper #4

Discussion Paper #5

Plurilateral Regulatory Cooperation on Organic Agriculture and Trade, by Diane Bowen, in collaboration with Ulrich Hoffmann (April 2015)

UNFSS Discussion Paper #5

Discussion Paper #6

Assuring Coherence between the Market-access and Livelihood Impact of Private Sustainability Standards, by Ulrich Hoffmann and Frank Grothaus (May 2015)

UNFSS Discussion Paper #6

Discussion Paper #7 

Global decisions and local realities: Priorities and producers’ upgrading opportunities in agricultural global production networks, by Judith Krauss and Aarti Krishnan (November 2016) 

UNFSS Discussion Paper #7

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UNFSS Flyer

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For further documentation, see:

Launch Documentation and Presentations

Briefing Sessions Documentation