2023 Civil Society Forum on Trade and Sustainable Development

The other side of trade: a bottom-up approach to sustainable development

14 November 2023 - EESC premises, Rue Belliard 99, 1040 Brussels – Room JDE 62

9:00 a.m. – 9.30 a.m.:  Registration / Testing connections

9:30 a.m. – 9:35 a.m.: Welcome – TSD Rapporteur Tanja Buzek

9:35 a.m. – 10.45 a.m.: Opening roundtable – 'Trade and Sustainable Development: have we been listening?'

Moderated by Geneviève Pons (CEO and Vice-Chair, Europe Jacques Delors)

  • Maria Martin-Prat (Deputy Director General, DG TRADE)
  • Lebohang Liepollo Pheko (Senior Research Fellow and Political Economist, Trade Collective)
  • Bernd Lange (MEP, Chair of INTA Committee)
  • Celeste Drake (Deputy Director General, ILO)


10:45 a.m. – 11.00 a.m.: Break

11:00 a.m. – 12:15 a.m.: Panel 1 - Getting us there: what role for trade and investment?

Moderated by Nathalie Bernasconi-Osterwalder (Executive Director, IISD Europe)

  • Ylva Lindberg (Executive Vice President of Strategy & Communication at Norfund)
  • Anna Cavazzini (Member of the European Parliament)
  • Caroline Khamati Mugalla (Executive Director, East African Trade Union Confederation (EATUC)
  • Vicente Francisco Soares (Chairman of the Angola Chamber of Commerce and Industry)


12:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.: Working Lunch at Atrium 6

1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.: Panel 2 - Balancing acts: how can economic security and TSD co-exist with the new supply chains?

Moderated by Antoine Oger (Research Director, Institute for European Environmental Policy - IEEP)

  • Chantal Line Carpentier (Chair, New York Office of the Secretary General - UNCTAD)
  • Tara Shea (Senior Director, Regulatory and Indigenous Affairs, the Mining Association of Canada)
  • Francisco Lima Mena (Secretary-General of SIECA, Secretaría de Integración Económica Centroamericana)
  • Farai Maguwu (Founding Director, Centre for Natural Resource Governance - CNRG)


2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.: Panel 3 - The Due Diligence Challenge: a tool for sustainable trade or a burden for developing economies?

Moderated by Jorge Conesa de Lara (Executive Director, Fair Trade Advocacy Office - FTAO)

  • Heidi Hautala (Member of the European Parliament)
  • Ana Romero (Red Peruana por una Globalización con Equidad)
  • Stuart Newman (Senior Legal Advisor - Sustainable Trade & Customs - Amfori)


3:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.: Concluding remarks – TSD Rapporteur Tanja Buzek




Programme 2023 Civil Society Forum on Trade and Sustainable Development