6 April 2011

Coming soon

7 April, London. SOUTH-SOUTH ECONOMIC LINKAGES: ASIAN DEVELOPMENT OUTLOOK 2011. Joseph Zveglich, assistant chief economist at the Asian Development Bank, will speak at Chatham House on the findings of the Asian Development Outlook 2011. With a particular focus on this year's special themed chapter on South-South economic linkages, Zveglich will explain how he sees the growing size and financial power of a developing Asia as transforming the global and economic landscape. Further information can be found on the website.

7 April, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. BRAZIL AND THE WORLD - OPPORTUNITIES, AMBITIONS AND CHOICES. An international conference convened by Chatham House and Centro Brasileiro de Relações Internacionais (CEBRI) to stimulate a wide exchange of opinions and experiences among opinion-formers in Brazil and worldwide about Brazil's trajectory in the world from the government, international organizations, academia, private sector, and civil society. Global problems faced by the world have outgrown the existing global structures and traditional powers working alone. New structures, approaches and actors are needed. Brazil has emerged onto the world stage as a global player. But what kind of global role do Brazil and Brazilians want to play? What are the limits of Brazil's appetite to do more and where? How can Brazil use its multiple groupings and developing country status to leverage global governance reform? For more information, please consult the website.

8 April, Washington, D.C. CLIMATE SECURITY AND GREEN TECHNOLOGY: AN EU-US PERSPECTIVE. At this event, hosted by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, EU Commissioner for Climate Action Connie Hedegaard will present a keynote address on the needs to address climate and energy security threats and embracing clean technologies in support of the transition to a low-carbon economy. Climate change presents common threats to the security, economy, and environment of the European Union and United States. At the same time, the transition to a low-carbon economy has the potential to provide a major boost in innovation, investment, and enhanced competitiveness.  While facing similar challenges, the EU and United States have taken significantly different approaches to capping greenhouse gas emissions. For more information, please refer to the website.

8 April, Budva, Montenegro.  SOUTH EASTERN EUROPEAN MEETING OF MINISTERS OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AND ENERGY. This event is organized by the South Eastern European Cooperation Process (SEECP) and by Montenegro, the SEEPC Chair. The main topic of the meeting is "green economy in the energy sector within the context of sustainable development." More information can be found on the website.

WTO events

An updated list of forthcoming WTO meetings is posted at: 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.

7 April: WTO Introduction Day

7 April: Committee on Rules of Origin

11 April: Workshop on Aid for Trade

11 April: Workshop on Regulatory Practises

12 - 14 April: Services Meetings

Other upcoming events

11 - 12 April, Paris. 2011 BUSINESS AND INDUSTRY GLOBAL DIALOGUE: THE ROAD TO RIO+20. Co-organized by the International Chamber of Commerce and the Group La Poste, this event will focus on strengthening the role of the private sector in the transition to a resource efficient and green economy. The event targets participants from business and industry, including associations and companies, and will focus on two themes: the transition to a green economy and the contribution of the private sector to global processes. More information can be found on the website.

11 - 12 April, Geneva. TRADE AND DEVELOPMENT BOARD, 52ND EXECUTIVE SESSION. Detailed documents and the agenda for the meeting are available on the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development website.

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