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Panel Discussion: Mainstreaming Sustainability into Trade and Development Policies: Towards Rio+20 Summit (DITC)
25 Apr 2012
09:00 - 12:00
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Key Issues

UNCTAD XIII and the Rio+20 Summit will represent meaningful occasions for assessing and identifying options to facilitate the transition towards economic models that are
development-centred, less carbon intensive, efficient in the use of natural resources, socially inclusive and at the same time competitive.

Purpose of the event
The UNCTAD XIII Expert Panel will serve as an occasion to disseminate analysis, share reflections and develop recommendations to frame discussions on the green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty alleviation due to take place at the Rio+20 Conference in June 2012.
The Panel will analyse developing country prospects and conditions under which developing economies could move towards a greener and more equitable development paths and unlock sustainable business opportunities.
The Panel will introduce UNCTAD´s methodologies to identify sectors and products where developing countries could find trade opportunities and build on sustainability as a competitive advantage. Additionally, it will share experience on how developed and developing countries have taken advantage of emerging trade opportunities and address main challenges under the UNCTAD BioTrade Programme.
Expected outcome / Deliverables
The Expert Panel Discussion will identify how sustainable development considerations can more effectively and comprehensively be addressed during the UNCTAD XIII and Rio+20 Conferences. Particularly, it will discuss how sustainable development goals reflect needs of developing countries in transiting towards a more sustainable and
equitable economy.
It will also provide an opportunity to showcase what UNCTAD can offer, including policy options for strengthening linkages between trade sustainable development policies, the product space methodology, and technical cooperation programmes (i.e. the BioTrade Programme).
The Expert Panel Discussion will be organised in two sub-Panels.
Panel I will be dealing with macro policy and regulatory challenges and opportunities.
Panel II will address lessons learned in building sustainable businesses in a developing country context.
Participants in the discussion will include:
(i) delegates accredited to UNCTAD XIII

(ii) beneficiary countries, national programmes and donors

(iii) business and civil society groups

(iv) representatives from IGOs

(v) invited experts and academics
Tel.: 41 (0)22 917 5014
Further information is available from:


  • UNCTAD(XIII)/CN/2012/23
    Panel Discussion: Mainstreaming Sustainability into Trade and Development Policies - Towards Rio+20
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Opening remarks:  Mr. Supachai Panitchpakdi, Secretary-General of UNCTAD
Moderator:  Mr. Guillermo Valles, Director, Division on International Trade in Goods and Services, and Commodities, UNCTAD

Seizing sustainable business opportunities in developing countries
  • H.E. Mr. Paul Magnette, Minister for Public Enterprises, Scientific Policy and Development Cooperation, in charge of Policy for Large Cities, Belgium
  • H.E. Mr. Herbert Tassano Velaochaga, President, INDECOPI, Head of the Peruvian Delegation
  • H.E. Mr. Faizel Ismail, Ambassador of South Africa to WTO
  • H.E. Mrs. Alya Ahmed Saif Al-Thani, Ambassador of Qatar to the United Nations in Geneva
Making sustainability a competitive advantage: Biotrade
  • Mr. Hans-Peter Egler, Head, Division for Trade Promotion, State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), Switzerland
  • Mr. Elmer Schialer, Director, International Economic Negotiations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Peru
  • Ms. Nuning Barwa, President, Indonesian Cosmetic Association, Indonesia