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The RSPO 13th General Assembly (GA13) and 14th Roundtable Meeting (RT14) highlighted the importance of collaboration in the shared effort to make sustainable palm oil the norm.
The three-day conference took place from the 8th - 10th of November in Bangkok, Thailand. The conference was attended by more than 800 representatives from 46 countries including leading figures of the palm oil industry, corporate leaders in sustainability, financial institutions, policymakers, academics, as well as social and environmental NGOs.
The RSPO has received broadening support from members, partners and governments in the last year and important landmarks were celebrated at RT14. After attending the United Nations conference on climate change, nine African nations pledged commitment to sustainable palm oil. Attendees also lauded the initiation of the Singapore Alliance on Sustainable Palm Oil.
Significant resolutions were approved at the RSPO’s GA13, which took place on the final day of the conference, including:
Datuk Darrel Webber, CEO of the RSPO said “We must continue our work and make sure that the successes we have seen at this year’s RT14 support the RSPO to unite stakeholders, and facilitate the creation of national collaborations that can transform markets without leaving anyone behind.”
Highlights from the 14th Roundtable Conference on Sustainable Palm Oil is available at storify.com/RSPOtweets/rt14 and speaker presentations are available here.