Launch Documentation


Summary Report

UNFSS launch summary report


Documentation for the Launch

  • An overview document, for consideration by the UNFSS participants, of some of the key issues related to VSSs: UNFSS VSS Flagship Report Part1
  • An overview of FAO’s activities related to the UNFSS, prepared by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO): FAO Activities of Relevance to the UNFSS
  • A summary of impacts related to Voluntary Sustainability Standards, prepared by the ITCBriefing research standards related to VSS
  • A draft decision-making tool for policy-makers on VSSs, prepared by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) under the auspices of the Trade Standards Practitioners Network (TSPN): Trade Standards Practitioners Network Guide on VSS
  • UNDP Discussion NoteThis 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
  • Meta‐governance in the Realm of Voluntary Sustainability Standards: Early Experiences and Their Implicationsby Boudewijn Derkx: UNFSS Discussion Paper #1


Presentations for the Launch

Objectives and Challenges of UNFSS, Ulrich Hoffman, UNCTAD

Nexus between regulatory and private standards: discussion on governmental concerns, Fanny Demassieux, UNEP

Dynamic Interactions between Public and Private Food Standards: main issues and perspectives, Pilar Santacoloma, FAO

Taking stock of the current research on the impacts of voluntary sustainability standards, Joseph Wozniak, ITC

Impact Assessment: state of sustainability measurement, Daniele Giovannucci, COSA


Working Groups

I. Decision-making processes and draft decision making tool, Bill Vorley, IIED

II.a  Capacity Building and Capacity Needs, Chris Wunderlich, SCAN

II.b  Capacity needs and needs assessment, Bernardo Calzadilla Sarmiento, UNIDO

III.  Harmonization and equivalence of VSS, Diane Bowen, IFOAM

UNFSS ‘Flagship Reports, Matthew Wenban-Smith, OneWorldStandards

Trade for Sustainable Development (T4SD) database (ITC), Joseph Wozniak, ITC