EVENTS 2017-18

2018 T4SD Forum Project Lab 1: EU Cities for Fair and Ethical Trade Award

2 October 2018

Geneva, Switzerland

This interactive session introduced the Award concept, values and objectives. The city of Ghent, the winner of the first Award, shared its approach to and initiatives on fair and ethical trade that helped the Belgian city secure the winning title in 2018. Following this overview, participants were split into working groups to help develop the outlines for Ghent’s development cooperation project  (the Award prize) as well as identify areas of fair and ethical trade that cities should be recognized for.

From Regional to Global: Insights from the EU Cities for Fair and Ethical Trade Award

25 September 2018

New York City, USA

The event addressed SDG11 and 12 by discussing tried-and-tested solutions of cities in support of sustainable production and consumption, highlighted during the first edition of the EU Cities for Fair and Ethical Trade Award.  

The event took place on the side-lines of the 73rd Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) 2018, in New York City in the spirit of ‘taking local lessons-learned for global impact’.

The moderated panel discussion and interactive Q&A session with the audience were followed by a networking luncheon.

This event was co-hosted by the Delegation of the European Union to the UN and the International Trade Centre (ITC).


  • H.E. João Vale de Almeida, EU Ambassador to the UN in New York
  • Ms. Arancha González, Executive Director, International Trade Centre
  • Ms. Mieke Hullebroeck, General Director, City of Ghent
  • Ms. Dounia Besson, Deputy Mayor, Lyon
  • Ms. Carmen Rebollo Sánchez, Director General, Instituto Municipal de Consumo, Madrid
  • Mr. Filiep Decorte, New York Representative, UN-HABITAT

Moderator: Mr. Joseph Wozniak, Head, Trade for Sustainable Development Programme, International Trade Centre

Applicant Webinars

28 March 2018

This webinar provided a tutorial to interested applicant cities to help them understand how to complete a successful application.

14 March 2018

During this webinar, ITC and DG Trade representatives discussed the Award and answered questions.


21 February 2018

During this webinar, ITC and DG Trade representatives explained the Award framework, talked participants through the application process, and answered questions.

24 January 2018

During this webinar, ITC and DG Trade representatives introduced the Award, explained the concept and process, and answered questions.

Award Application Launch Ceremony

7 December 2017

Brussels, Belgium

The EU Cities for Fair and Ethical Trade Award was officially launched on 7 December 2017 during an event at the European Committee of the Regions. Following some context setting from representatives of the European Commission, the European Parliament, the Committee of the Regions and ITC, DG Trade and ITC presented the Award concept and launched the application period.