Fostering Inclusive and Sustainable Global Value Chains: The Role of the G20

Jun 4, 2021 12:00 PM - Jun 4, 2021 02:00 PM
#Trade and FDI
#Environment and climate change
#Social and working conditions
#Corporate responsibility and lead firms
A significant share of global production takes place in global value chains (GVCs). Participating in GVCs is widely associated with economic benefits, such as productivity and employment creation, and considered one of the driving forces of growth and development worldwide. However, the sustainability of production in GVCs is increasingly contested, and associated social and environmental costs can be hefty. As production in GVCs entails that multiple actors, both private and public, located in various countries jointly produce goods and services, the sustainable governance of GVCs is best addressed in a coordinated multilateral effort.

The webinar, co-organized by UNIDO and the International Affairs Institute (IAI), and supported by the Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW Kiel) and the German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA), will offer insights into what it takes for multilateral actors, such as the G20 and others, to address and mainstream sustainability into the global production and trading systems.

Join our online discussion on how multilateral actors can contribute to the sustainable governance of global value chains.

You will have the opportunity to engage and interact with our speakers, and share your questions and opinions as the debate progresses.


Opening remarks:

  • Ettore Greco, Executive Vice-President, IAI

  • Hiroshi Kuniyoshi, Deputy to the Director General, UNIDO

Keynote address:

  • LI Yong, Director General, UNIDO


  • Pier Carlo Padoan, Vice President IAI and T20 Italy Lead Co-chair TF3 “Trade, Investment and Growth”

  • Norbert Barthle, State Secretary in the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (Germany)

  • Beata Javorcik, Chief Economist of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

  • Pamela Coke-Hamilton, Executive Director of the International Trade Centre (ITC)

  • Marco Felisati, B20 Sherpa and Confindustria Deputy Director Internationalization and Trade Policy

  • Alicia Bárcena. Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC)


See the detailed agenda here

Registration: here


Adnan Serič

United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)

Holger Görg

Kiel Institute for the World Economy, Kiel Centre for Globalization

Frauke Steglich

Kiel Institute for the World Economy

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