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Fighting illicit trade by promoting
the blue economy in the age of sustainability

The COVID-19 crisis has heightened the dangers posed by the global trade in com illicit trade products. Serious health and safety issues arise when people order fake products online. During a public health crisis such as the current COVID-19 pandemic, tackling this global scourge becomes even more acute and urgent. Indeed, a growing volume of fake products linked to coronavirus are on sale in developing countries, according to the World Health Organization, and Interpol has also seen an increase in fake medical products related to COVID-19. Seizures of fake COVID-19 tests and personal protective equipment such as facemasks and hand sanitizers have been reported by the US CBP and customs of other member countries as well as by the World Customs Organisation. 

As treatments and, ultimately, a vaccine are developed, counterfeits of those products could lead both directly to further illness and death and to unsafe behaviour through a false promise of protection.

 Governments need to ensure the legitimate and safe provenance of pharmaceutical products, both online and in pharmacies, so that citizens can trust the medicines they use.

Governments need to take effective action to counter illicit trade and support governance frameworks to lower the incidence of such trade. 

As noted in the March 2020 G20 Trade and Investment Ministerial Statement, it is crucial to keep trade and investment flowing and essential supply chains functioning, while emphasizing the importance of transparency in the current environment.

Date & Time November 12th 2020
03:00 pm CET
TitleFighting illicit trade by promoting the blue economy in the age of sustainability
SpeakersCarlos Moreira: Secretary-General, OISTE Foundation
Daniela V. Fernandez : Founde & CEO of Sustainable Oce
Christopher Wasserman: President, Zermatt Summit Foundation
Alvise Giustiniani: Vice President, Illicit Trade Prevention, Philip Morris International
Gunter Pauli: Director, ZERI and initiator of the blue economy concept

Our Speakers

Carlos MoreiraSecretary-General, OISTE Foundation
Daniela V. FernandezFounder & CEO of Sustainable Ocean Alliance
Christopher WassermanPresident, Zermatt Summit Foundation
Alvise GiustinianiVice President, Illicit Trade Prevention, Philip Morris International
Gunter PauliDirector, ZERI and initiator of the blue economy concept

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