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International Convention on Sustainable Trade and Standards (ICSTS)

  • Published on June 19, 2019
The International Convention on Sustainable Trade and Standards (ICSTS) is an international framework that aims to uphold multi-stakeholder dialogue on voluntary sustainability standards. The Convention is dedicated to the practicalities of leveraging sustainability standards as a mean to foster sustainable global value chains and green exports, while addressing the challenges and opportunities where these standards can eventually contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
(i) Increase multi-stakeholder dialogues on Voluntary Sustainability Standards (ii) Develop an international framework to be adopted through national action plans (iii) Strengthen the collaboration between countries through their National Platforms The 2nd International Convention on Sustainable Trade and Standards (2nd ICSTS) will be hosted in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil at Casa Firjan from the 16th to 18th of September 2019. The 2nd ICSTS aims to bring together Brazilian partners and stakeholders from around the world to broaden and deepen the discussions on Voluntary Sustainability Standards (VSS), increase collaboration especially among Latin-American countries, and collectively build solutions to foster Sustainable Value Chains and Standards. This event builds on two of UNFSS’ past events: ‘International Conference on Sustainable Trade and Resource Efficiency in Supply Chains' in Qingdao, China in 2019 and the 1st ICSTS in New Delhi, India in 2018. See video - For more information, please visit: All these events have been very successful in advancing the role of standards in sustainable development. They have received tremendous recognition upholding the significance of Voluntary Sustainability Standards (VSS) as a tool for sustainable development and market access. The 1st ICSTS was the first of its kind — a multi-stakeholder convention dedicated solely to the practicalities of leveraging trade, global value chains, standards and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This was also an event that marked the first ‘Declaration of Cooperation on Sustainability Standards between the National Platforms’ signed by INMETRO, Quality Council of India and the Mexican Ministry of Economy on an agreement of 9 action points towards achieving the 2030 SDGs collectively. This is a public convention open to all societies, institutions, the private sectors, academia and all others who are interested in dialogues related to trade, sustainability standards and global value chains, coming together with international representatives, namely the Steering Committee members of the UNFSS, which include the UNCTAD, ITC, UNIDO, FAO and UNEP. We highly encourage the participation of representatives from high-level governmental and intergovernmental officials, other National Platforms, members of MERCOSUR, LAIA, Brazilian partners from South America, members of state governments, international organizations, non-profit organizations/ NGOs, stakeholders from international and national businesses, policy-makers, research institutions and think-tanks, standards organizations & alliances, national standardization bodies, major industry associations from around the world, producers and SMEs who form different parts of value chains, smallholders, civil society and major group stakeholders, consumer protection associations, among others.

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