Events

28 April 2010

28 April, Washington, DC, US. SCALING UP SOLAR: HOW FAR CAN WE GO? This event is the first of a series hosted by the Energy Security Initiative at the Brookings Institution that will examine the prospects for potentially game-changing energy technologies to make the shift from alternative to mainstream. Experts from many sectors will discuss the key political and economical barriers and opportunities for utility-scale solar energy. Two panel discussions will explore a wide range of questions, including: What will it take to grow a viable solar industry in the United States? What policies could move solar energy into more widespread use and achieve grid parity? What are the job implications for the United States if other countries take the lead in developing the technology? And what role is public awareness or a lack thereof playing in solar energy adoption? For more information, please contact the Brookings Office of Communications at: email events@brookings.edu; tel. +1 202  797 6105 or visit the website at: http://www.brookings.edu/events/2010/0428_solar.aspx.

1-4 May, Tashkent, Uzbekistan. ASIAN DEVELOPMENT BANK ANNUAL MEETING. The 43rd Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) will provide an occasion for the governors to discuss ADB administrative, financial and operational directions. Additionally, it will be an opportunity for member governments to interact with ADB staff, nongovernmental organisations, media and representatives of observer countries, international organisations and the private sector. Multiple presentations and seminars will be hosted, including a seminar on 2 May on "Financing Climate Change and Sustainable Development Action in Asia and the Pacific." For more information, please contact Jill Drilon, the ADB Annual Meeting Coordinator: tel +632 632 5999; fax +632 636 2483; e-mail annualmeeting@adb.org; or visit the event's website at: http://www.adb.org/AnnualMeeting/2010/.

3-14 May, New York City, United States. UN COMMISSION ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT, REVIEW SESSION. This review session will focus on the following thematic issues: transport, chemicals, waste management, mining, and the ten-year framework of programmes on sustainable consumption and production patterns. For more information, please see http://www.un.org/esa/dsd/csd/csd_csd18.shtml.

5 May, London, United Kingdom. CHINA'S ENERGY SECURITY AND OIL DIPLOMACY: CHINA DISCUSSION GROUP. Driven by its rapidly growing economy and energy demand, China has become the largest energy consuming nation after the US and ranks just below Japan as the third largest oil importer in the world. China's increased energy profile has vast implications for its diplomacy and international political and economic relations. The speaker will discuss China's energy profile and the reasons behind its increasing reliance on oil imports. He will also assess China's strategy to secure its growing oil imports - especially from the Middle East and Africa. This event is jointly organised between the Chatham House China Discussion Group and the China Policy Institute. For more information, please contact Rosheen Kabraji via the event website at: http://www.chathamhouse.org.uk/events/view/-/id/1524/.

5-7 May, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM ON AFRICA: RETHINKING AFRICA'S GROWTH STRATEGY. The 20th World Economic Forum on Africa will held for the first time in East Africa. In addition, the Forum's Young Global Leaders Summit will be held concurrently in Dar es Salaam. Discussions will address how African nations are managing relations with key economic partners, with an increasing trend towards greater South-South co-operation. As Africa joins India and China in crossing the billion person mark, its young population, natural resources and market potential are catalysts for significant future growth and development. Implications of the financial crisis will be discussed, as well as how African leaders are using it as an opportunity to redesign a sustainable roadmap for the continent's future within the new global economy. For more information, please contact Gemma Burke: fax +41 (0)22 594 8097; email Africa@weforum.org; or visit http://www.weforum.org/en/events/WorldEconomicForumonAfrica2010/index.htm.

WTO Events

An updated list of forthcoming WTO meetings is posted at http://www.wto.org/meets_public/meets_e.pdf. Please bear in mind that dates and times of WTO meetings are often changed, and that the WTO does not always announce the important informal meetings of the different bodies. Unless otherwise indicated, all WTO meetings are held at the WTO, Centre William Rappard, rue de Lausanne 154, 1211 Geneva, Switzerland, and are open to WTO Members and accredited observers only.

28 + 30 April: Trade Policy Review Body: Albania

28 April: Committee on Anti-Dumping Practices

28 April: Council for Trade in Services

28 April: Committee on Anti-Dumping Practices - Informal Group on Anti-Circumvention

28 April: Committee on Anti-Dumping Practices - Working Group on Implementation

29 April: Committee on Specific Commitments

29 April: Committee on Market Access

30 April: Council for Trade in Services - Special Session

3-7 May: Geneva Week (Non-resident Members and Observers)

4-5 May: GENERAL COUNCIL

Other upcoming events

10-11 May, Brussels, Belgium. WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM ON EUROPE: RENEWED LEADERSHIP, NEW VISION. Europe has been hit hard by the financial and economic crisis. With most indicators pointing to continued turbulence ahead, stakeholders will have to adapt and forge closer relationships in order to mitigate risks and seize emerging opportunities. Given the high degree of geopolitical and economic interdependence in the region, the outcome of these efforts will have a far-reaching impact. With the full support and close collaboration of the Belgian government and the new European Union leadership, as well as the Forum's key Strategic Partners, the World Economic Forum on Europe will convene 400 of the most prominent leaders from the European Union and other parts of the world. For more information, please email Europe@weforum.org or visit http://www.weforum.org/en/events/WorldEconomicForumonEurope/index.htm.

11-14 May, Montreal, Canada. ICAO COLLOQUIUM ON AVIATION AND CLIMATE CHANGE. The Environmental Colloquium hosted by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) will be entirely dedicated to aviation and climate change. It will focus on strategies and programmes of ICAO, industry, academic/research institutions and international organisations to harness technological, scientific and economic solutions in the global fight against climate change. This Colloquium, in English only, will provide a forum on aviation and climate change, in particular on related key developments emanating from the ICAO's Conference on Aviation and Alternative Fuels, UNFCCC COP/15 and the 8th Meeting of ICAO's Committee for Aviation Environmental Protection (CAEP). For more information, please see http://www.icao.int/CLQ10/.

24-28 May, Punta del Este, Uruguay. THE FOURTH ASSEMBLY OF THE GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT FACILITY (GEF). The Assembly, held once every three to four years, is the governing body of the GEF, in which representatives of 177 member countries participate. It is a strategic opportunity for GEF stakeholders to meet, take stock, and collectively strengthen strategies and actions for protecting the global environment and achieving sustainable development. The Assembly will combine plenary meetings and high-level panels, exhibits, side events and GEF project site visits. Prominent environmentalists, parliamentarians, business leaders, scientists, and civil society representatives and community leaders will discuss global environmental challenges within the context of sustainable development and other international development goals. More information can be found by contacting the GEF Secretariat: tel. +1-202-473-0508 ; fax +1-202-522-3240/3245 ; email secretariat@thegef.org or by visiting http://gefassembly.org/j2/index.php.

26-27 May, Barcelona, Spain. AGRICULTURAL PRICE VOLATILITY: PROSPECTS, CHALLENGES AND POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS. The agricultural sector has been deeply battered by both the food and financial crises and faces a looming climate change crisis. This seminar will examine current and projected trends in prices, review past policy responses, examine policy options available today and arrive at pragmatic recommendations on addressing volatility in the future. The meeting is being organised by the International Food and Agricultural Trade Policy Council (IPC), the University of Barcelona, and the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development. For more information, or to register, please see https://www.z2systems.com/np/clients/agritrade/event.jsp?event=834

28-30 May, Bonn, Germany. FIRST WORLD CONGRESS ON CITIES AND ADAPTATION TO CLIMATE CHANGE. Jointly hosted by Local Governments for Sustainability, the City of Bonn and the World Mayors Council on Climate Change, Resilient Cities 2010 will offer an opportunity for participants to share the latest scientific findings, state-of-the-art approaches and effective programmes on climate change adaptation and resilience-building in cities and urbanised areas. Case examples of local adaptation practice will illustrate approaches and experiences. The conference aims at setting the direction for future planning of and investment in urban infrastructure. For more information, please contact Alice Balbo, Conference Secretariat; tel:  +49-(0)228 / 976 299-28; e-mail: bonn2010@iclei.org; or visit: http://resilient-cities.iclei.org/bonn2010/home/.

6-7 June, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM ON EAST ASIA: RETHINKING ASIA'S LEADERSHIP AGENDA. East Asia's lead in the global economic recovery has been underscored by increasing regional economic co-operation, robust domestic consumption and coordinated government stimulus measures. Alongside the remarkable economic momentum and progress of China and India, ASEAN's market of 580 million consumers is moving towards economic integration by 2015. The programme for the 19th World Economic Forum on East Asia will explore the many facets of the region's rising economic influence, such as how high-growth economies can improve their competitiveness through developing innovation-driven, green economies. At the same time, the discussions will consider to what extent ongoing regional integration will serve as the basis for Asian leaders to assume a greater leadership role in global co-operation. For more information, please email EastAsia@weforum.org or visit http://www.weforum.org/en/events/WorldEconomicForumonEastAsia2010/index.htm.

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