Evidensia webinar | Voluntary sustainability standards, public procurement and trade: insights from the 4th UNFSS Flagship Report

Public webinar: The United Nations Forum on Sustainability Standards (UNFSS) is a joint initiative of 5 UN Agencies (FAO, ITC, UNCTAD, UN Environment and UNIDO) and aims to provide governments and their stakeholders with impartial information, analysis, and discussions on VSS and their potential contribution to facilitate market access, strengthen public goods and achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Their latest Flagship Report 'Scaling up VSS in Sustainable Public Procurement and Trade Policy' aims to provide an understanding on the role of government as a vehicle to drive the adoption of VSS.

Join us for this Evidensia and UNFSS webinar which will draw out key insights from this latest report on VSS adoption trends across sectors and countries and a special focus on public procurement and trade policy links. We’ll discuss questions such as:

  • What accounts for the variation in VSS adoption amongst key countries?
  • How can VSS support sustainable development and public procurement goals together?
  • What is the future of VSS considerations in future trade policy negotiations, especially from a developing country standpoint?

Our lead speakers will be Dr Axel Marx (University of Leuven) and Santiago Fernandez de Cordoba (UNFSS) as lead author and editor of the report. We will also be joined by government representatives from 2-3 developing countries to share their reflections on the findings from the report and what it means for their national contexts and goals.