Trade for Sustainable Development (T4SD) Forum 2024



    The 2024 edition of the International Trade Centre’s (ITC) flagship event, the Trade for Sustainable Development (T4SD) Forum, will be co-organized with the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) on 12 September 2024 at the Eventforum Bern and streamed online.

    This hybrid event will contextualize the evolving needs of small businesses in contributing to the sustainable development amidst the current geopolitical and regulatory challenges. The wide range of stakeholders present will discuss various solutions including capacity building, private sector engagement and global public goods to foster concerted action towards a sustainable future.

    Meet the speakers


    Information on speakers will be updated soon.

    09:30 - 10:00

    Welcome & Registration

    10:00 - 10:10

    High-Level Opening Remarks

    10:10 - 10:30

    Fireside Chat

    A dialogue between the heads of ITC and SECO, reflecting on the need for concerted action and partnerships in achieving ambitious targets for a sustainable future.

    10:30 - 11:45

    Panel 1 – EMPOWER: Small Businesses for Big Impact

    This session will highlight perspectives of MSMEs from the producing countries on the gaps in technical support and the key challenges in maintaining their license to operate. 

    11:45 - 12:00

    Spotlight on how ITC is working with partners to drive transformational change in the textile & apparel sector

    12:00 - 13:00


    13:00 - 14:15

    Panel 2 – LEVERAGE: Private Sector Partnerships

    This session will emphasise the role of private sector and the importance of multi-stakeholder partnerships to develop innovative solutions to mobilize sustainable finance. 

    14:15 - 14:45


    14:45 - 16:00

    Panel 3 – ACCESS: Unlocking the Potential of Global Public Goods

    This session will explore the new frontiers for trade-related technical assistance through the dissemination of information that is free, neutral, and reliable. 

    16:00 - 16:15

    Spotlight on ITC’s latest global public goods solutions

    16:15 - 16:30

    Closing Keynote

    16:30                Onwards

    Networking Cocktail Reception


    Date & location
    12 September 2024

    Bern, Eventforum