06/04/2021 12:00 pm – 06/04/2021 2:00 pm · Online

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

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

Contributors from our Network

Adnan Serič

Adnan Serič
United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)

Adnan Serič is research manager at the Department of Policy, Research and Statistics of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) where he leads department’s work on global value chains and foreign direct investments. He is also project manager of UNIDO Industrial Analytics Platform (iap.unido.org), UNIDO focal point for the T20 and the annual Forum on Globalization and Industrialization. He is an External Fellow at the Kiel Institute for the World Economy and previously worked at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in the area of trade and investment policy. Adnan holds MSc. and Ph.D. in Economics from the University of St Andrews (UK).

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Holger Görg

Holger Görg
Kiel Institute for the World Economy, Kiel Centre for Globalization

Holger Görg is Professor of International Economics at the University of Kiel, Head of the Research Center “International Trade and Investment” at the Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW), and Director of the Kiel Centre for Globalization (KCG). He is also affiliated with the Tuborg Centre for Globalisation and Firms at Aarhus University, GEP at Nottingham University and IZA. Before joining Kiel in 2008 he was on the staff at the University of Nottingham, the University of Ulster at Jordanstown and University College Cork. He completed a Ph.D. in Economics at Trinity College Dublin. His research interests are in empirical international trade and industrial organisation focusing in particular on the activities of multinational companies, foreign direct investment, and international outsourcing. Holger Görg has also worked as Consultant for, among others, The World Bank, European Commission, UNIDO, UN Economic Commissions for Europe and Africa, and various governments.

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Jann Lay

Jann Lay
German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA)

Jann Lay is Head of the Research Programme “Growth and Development” at the GIGA German Institute for Global and Area Studies, Hamburg (www.giga-hamburg.de). As adjunct professor, he also teaches development economics at the University of Goettingen. His work is on various facets of economic development in the Global South, in particular in Africa, including on (informal) employment and labour market, the impacts of commercial agricultural expansion, environment-development linkages, as well as issues related to energy, climate and development (see www.giga-hamburg.de/de/team/lay).

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Frauke Steglich

Frauke Steglich
Kiel Institute for the World Economy

Frauke Steglich is a Researcher at the Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW), Managing Director of the Poverty Reduction, Equity and Growth Network (PEGNet) at IfW, and Research Fellow at the Kiel Centre for Globalization (KCG). Her research interests lie in the field of empirical international economics and development, with a focus on foreign direct investment, global value chains, and corporate social responsibility.

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Stefan Pahl

Stefan Pahl
German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA)

Stefan Pahl is postdoctoral researcher at the German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA). His research focusses on the role of global value chains for economic development through job creation, productivity growth and structural change. Stefan has previously worked with UNIDO and IFPRI on topics of industrial development and structural transformation. He has been lecturer at the Groningen Growth and Development Centre (GGDC) at the University of Groningen where he also obtained his PhD.

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