CMBD Events — Challenges and Opportunities for Multi-Stakeholder Interest in Issues of Investment, Competitiveness and Social Enterprise Development in MNE Value Chains
Geneva, 25 September 2012
Preliminary Agenda for a Council Dialogue on
Challenges and Opportunities for Multi-Stakeholder Interest in Issues of Investment, Competitiveness and Social Enterprise Development in MNE Value Chains
WTO Headquarters, Geneva, 9h00 to 16:00, 25 September 2012
The Council for Multilateral Business Diplomacy is hosting a series of unique multi-stakeholder meetings to discuss the evolving role of business in development, a role that is changing with increased recognition of the positive contributions that businesses can make not only in the implementation of the policies and projects of development, but also in the processes of planning and prioritizing projects and establishing partnerships for development. On 25 September, the Council Dialogue is being integrated with the WTO Public Forum to take advantage of the sessions devoted to value chains and development.
09h00 WTO Policy Forum Session: Value Chains, Labour Rights and Development. This session will feature perspectives from the OECD, WTO, ILO, UNCTAD and the Industrial Global Union on the role of labour rights in value chains and development.
11h00 Morning Session: An Overview of Recent Business Commitments, with an emphasis on Social Enterprise Development. This session will provide updates on the outcomes from the Rio+20 summit, the role of business in connection with both multilateral and bilateral development assistance and transformative partnerships. Emphasis will be directed to the challenges and opportunities for large multinational enterprises to engage in social enterprise development through value chains.
12h30 Luncheon Session: Changing Perspectives on Investment and Competitiveness. In this session we will engage in a dialogue with representatives from UNCTAD, UNDP, and other UN agencies on the evolving Investment Policy Framework for Sustainable Development and Business in Action initiatives, to consider the changing dynamics of linkages between investment and competitiveness policies and development strategies. We will also take a look at the preparations for the post 2015 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
14h00 WTO Policy Forum: Value Chains and Trade. The significant impact of value chains on trade policy will be addressed by the development perspective from the World Bank and OECD, country perspectives from Costa Rica and South Africa and a business perspective from General Electric.
Additional optional events:
16h15 WTO Policy Forum: How Can Trade Promote Development. Students in agricultural engineering, business management and land economics will engage in a dialogue with the audience on the links between trade and development.
18h15 WTO Policy Forum: Business Priorities for 21st Century Trade Negotiations. The International Chamber of Commerce will present the ICC World Trade Agenda as developed by its Commission on Trade and Investment Policy.
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