Invitation to the Global Organic Market Access (GOMA) Conference,
‘Let the Good Products Flow!’
13-14 February, 2012 – Nuremberg Messe, Nuremberg Germany
In partnership with
For ten years, FAO, IFOAM and UNCTAD have worked in partnership to address and reduce barriers to trade of organic products resulting from the global proliferation of organic standards and technical regulations. This partnership, which began with a “Harmonization Conference” at BioFach in 2002, has, over the years, continuously attracted stakeholders worldwide in public-private collaboration to work on solutions.
The Conference – ‘Let the Good Products Flow!’:
At this high-level international conference, FAO, IFOAM and UNCTAD draw together a distinguished group of public and private sector leaders to examine the past, present and future of organic market access relative to systems of organic standards and conformity assessment. The conference looks at emerging issues, such as the potential for organic standards to promote the growth of organic agriculture vis-à-vis their potential to stifle growth. Developments and challenges for dominant and emerging exporting/importing economies and for still-developing countries are highlighted and discussed. Models of public-private and regional cooperation are considered as potential pathways for global solutions to the challenges.
The following eminent keynote speakers have been engaged to inspire conference participants:
- Ms. Kathleen Merrigan, Deputy Secretary, United States Department of Agriculture
- Mr. Harsha Singh, Deputy Director-General, World Trade Organization
- Ms. Tulisiime Rhoda Peace, Commissioner, African Union
- Mr. Franz Fischler, President, EcoSocial Forum, and former Commissioner for Agriculture, European Union.
Representatives of intergovernmental and international organizations such as The European Commission, International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements, International Organic Accreditation Service and Pacific Islands Community will also contribute to the presentations and discussions.