Nicolle Graugnard, Senior Policy Manager, Commission on Trade and Investment Policy ICC World Trade Agenda Initiative, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)
In light of the recent adoption of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) believes that trade and investment policy will play critical roles in achieving the SDGs. The Addis Ababa Action Agenda places significant emphasis on mobilizing private finance to support implementation of the SDGs. ICC considers this to be an important step in international development cooperation. However, one of the challenges faced by business in an increasingly integrated global economy is the absence of global rules in many crucial areas. This working session will suggest concrete ways to reach trade deals that will generate sustainable and inclusive economic growth. With these recommendations, ICC hopes to create a better understanding of the value of open trade and investment in the eyes of the public and governments.