The ICC-CCIG Series: Trade and Health

  • Tuesday 26 October 2021 17:00-19:30
  • CCIG, bd du Théâtre 4, Genève
  • Organisation : CCIG and the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), in partnership with ICC Switzerland

The “ICC-CCIG Series” address major themes related to international trade with a dual purpose: updating Members on issues that are currently being discussed at the United Nations, World Trade Organization and other international organizations in Geneva ; and illustrate the way businesses, actors of world governance, civil society and researchers can successfully cooperate towards common global goals.

The ICC represents 45 million companies in over 100 countries and is the only business organization to have an Observer Status at the UN General Assembly.


This event will discuss the key priority areas that Member States will be addressing at the upcoming World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Ministerial Conference (MC12), from 30 November to 3 December in Geneva. These include environmental sustainability, digital economy, trade and health. A sharp focus will be given to the response to the COVID-19 pandemic and future health crises, and the way SMEs can contribute to a healthier global trading system.

Angela Ellard, Deputy Director General of the WTO, will present the major issues to be discussed at MC12, and built into a work programme over the next few years. H. E. Didier Chambovey, Head of the Swiss Permanent Mission to the WTO, will present the Swiss perspective on the MC12 priorities and highlight the way the multilateral trading system can contribute to alleviating the COVID-19 crisis. Crispin Conroy, ICC Permanent Observer to the United Nations in Geneva will show how the ICC acts to shape a more inclusive, sustainable global trading system for the benefit of all stakeholders. Gilles Rufenacht, Director of Hirslanden Clinique La Colline and Les Grangettes, will give an insider’s account of the current pandemic and explore ideas of public-private partnerships. Suerie Moon, Co-Director of the Global Health Centre (Graduate Institute Geneva), will examine the role SMEs can play in revisiting the social contract with industry in pandemics.




Doors open

Welcome and introduction
Vincent Subilia, Director General, CCIG
Thomas Pletscher, Secretary-General, ICC Switzerland


Key issues for Members at MC12
Angela Ellard, Deputy Director General, World Trade Organization

MC12 priorities and outcomes, including on trade and health – perspective from Switzerland
H.E. Didier Chambovey, Head of the Swiss Permanent Mission to the WTO and EFTA

Business priorities for MC12, including trade and health
Crispin Conroy, ICC Representative Director, Geneva, and ICC Permanent Observer to the United Nations in Geneva

Revisiting the social contract with industry in pandemics : what role for SMEs?
Suerie Moon, Co-Director, Global Health Centre, Graduate Institute Geneva

Entrepreneur’s testimonial and public-private partnerships
Gilles Rufenacht, Director, Hirslanden Clinique La Colline and Les Grangettes


Q & A




End of the event

Speakers' biographies

The event is free but the registration is mandatory. 

Due to Covid, the participation is possible only with a Covid certificate. The COVID certificate provides documentary evidence that you have had a COVID-19 vaccination, have had and recovered from the disease or have tested negative. Please wear your mask when entering in the CCIG. The mask can be removed once in the conference room.

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