ICCO International Workshop on Cocoa Certification
Hotel Sawa, Douala, Cameroon
24-27 June 2013
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MONDAY 24 JUNE
|14.00||Opening Ceremony and Welcome Speeches
|15.00||Cocoa Break / Press Conference|
|Presentation of the United Nations Forum on Sustainable Standards (UNFSS) and its objectives, planned activities
Introduction: Perspectives, experience and view of Voluntary Sustainability Standards (VSS)
|17.00||End of session|
TUESDAY 25 JUNE
Cocoa certification: A development opportunity or a barrier to trade?
Moderator: Mr. Edem Amegashie-Duvon, Deputy Marketing Manager, Cocoa Marketing Company Ltd, Ghana Cocoa Board
Costs, Advantages and Disadvantages of Cocoa Certification
Impact of cocoa certification on farmers (Preliminary results of study in Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire)
|09.30||Comparative Study on certification schemes
Taking Stock of the current research on the impact of voluntary sustainability standards
Perspective of the Certification Agencies
What exactly is certification? How does it work?
ISEAL Alliance (ISEAL): its overarching role in establishing guidelines/codes for standard-setting taking into account issues and concerns of relevant stakeholders
Presentations by cocoa certification agencies:
Each of the main cocoa certification agencies will provide a comprehensive presentation on their system; its characteristics, implementation, costs of subscription and audit/inspection, premium paid, etc.
Perspective of Farmers and Cooperatives
What is their practical experience of certification? Are current initiatives adequately addressing farmers’ needs? What are their main challenges and concerns about certification? How can relevant stakeholders work together to make certification a mutually rewarding activity?
|17.30||End of session|
WEDNESDAY 26 JUNE
Perspective of civil society
How does civil society see certification; what role can civil society play in these initiatives?
Questions and Answers
Perspective of the cocoa trade and chocolate industry
What are their expectations of cocoa certification? What is their perception of its progress so far, its challenges and opportunities? How can the industry work with other relevant stakeholders to achieve success?
Moderator: Mr. Yapo Assamoi Robert, Directeur de la Durabilité de la prospective et des projets, Conseil du Café-Cacao, Côte d’Ivoire
Perspective of governments from the Producing countries
Sustainability standards and the role of governments in their development and enforcement; How useful is a national platform in the move towards cocoa certification in the light of the Global Cocoa Agenda adopted at the World Cocoa Conference in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire?
|15.00||Standards differentiation and convergence / Recommendations
Moderator: Dr. Jean-Marc Anga, Executive Director, ICCO
The workshop will explore opportunities to work with existing standards and/or options to enable the creation of national and/or international standards, including work of the CCE and SCAN (harmonization and coordination of training across certification schemes and service providers), harmonization of existing standards as well as the role of governments and intergovernmental regulations.
Short presentations of recommendations from each group of stakeholders:
|16.00||Panel discussion: Recommendations on the way forward for cocoa certification|
|17.30||End of session|
COCKTAIL RECEPTION / DINNER 19.00 – 21.00
THURSDAY 27 JUNE
UNFSS BRIEFING SESSION
|08.30||UNFSS — recap of UNFSS objectives, structure and process
|09:00||Linking Standard implementation to sustainable development goals|
|09.30||Panel Session: Stakeholder’s Views on role of UNFSS
|10.15||Breakout sessions: Priority issues and activities to address sustainability certification
Working Group I – Public sector focus
|Plenary session: Interactive discussion on priority issues that could be addressed and activities achieved through the UNFSS
What are the information needs and concerns of policy makers regarding VSS? What are the challenges?
|12.15||CONCLUSIONS AND CLOSING CEREMONY
UNFSS Statement on the way forward for sustainability standards
Presentation of Workshop Recommendations on cocoa certification
Recommandations adoptées le 27 juin 2013
Recomendaciones aprobadas el 27 de junio de 2013
Vote of thanks to the host government
|13.30||Depart for Yaoundé|