30 June, Saint James, Trinidad and Tobago. EXPERT GROUP MEETING ON THE ECONOMIC IMPACTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE IN LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN. This forum will discuss the results of the "Understanding the Potential Economic Impacts of Climate Change in Latin America and the Caribbean" initiative, implemented by the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC). To date, the project has analysed climactic models for the Caribbean sub-region and examined the economic impacts of climate change on the macro-economy. ECLAC has also studied the effects of climate change on tourism and water sectors in the sub-region. Project results will be used to inform and strengthen national climate change policy documents in Caribbean countries. For more information, visit the event website.
30 June, Washington, USA. CORRUPTION, IMPUNITY AND INEQUALITY: EMERGING DISCONTENT AND VOLATILITY IN AFRICA. Since the 1950s, poverty reduction, improved health outcomes, and access to education have been the primary goals of efforts to improve conditions in the developing world. Despite tremendous advances in each of these areas, a new and potentially more significant challenge confronts developing countries today - inequality. John Githongo, Kenya's former secretary for governance and ethics, will discuss the role of increasing inequality and poor governance in Africa and other developing countries. For more information, visit the event website.
30 June, Vientiane, Lao People's Democratic Republic. THIRD GMS ECONOMIC CORRIDORS FORUM (ECF-3). The purpose of this meeting is to review progress in the development of the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) corridors as real "pathways" of regional integration. The event aims to highlight issues constraining the development of these GMS corridors, to strengthen co-ordination between groups involved in these efforts, and to enhance the involvement of the private sector and provincial authorities. Participation in the forum is by invitation only. More information about the event can be found on the Asian Development Bank website.
4-6 July, Marrakesh, Morocco. THIRD AFRICA CARBON FORUM. At this event, national focal points and representatives from the Designated National Authorities, UN agencies, governments, and the private sector will meet to share knowledge about carbon investments in Africa. Matchmaking sessions will allow Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) project developers to showcase their projects to investors and carbon buyers. The forum is organised jointly by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UNEP Risoe Centre, the International Emissions Trading Association, the UN Institute for Training and Research, the UN Conference on Trade and Development, the World Bank, and the African Development Bank. For more information, visit the event website.
4-6 July, Geneva, Switzerland. PAYMENT FOR ECOSYSTEMS SERVICES: WHAT ROLE FOR A GREEN ECONOMY? This event aims to help governments and stakeholders understand which policies and incentives are most effective in implementing Payments for Ecosystem Services schemes. The workshop will explain the sectoral relevance of environmental research linked to the valuation and payment of different ecosystem services, particularly regarding forest and water ecosystem services. The outcome of this workshop will feed into an action plan on forests and the green economy that will be discussed at the joint session of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Timber Committee and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) European Forestry Commission in October, and will also be presented as a sectoral contribution at the Rio+20 Conference in 2012. For more information, visit the event website.
An updated list of forthcoming WTO meetings is posted here. 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.
30 June-1 July: Committee on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures
30 June-1 July: July Meeting of the Joint Advisory Group on the International Trade Centre (ITC)
5 July: Working Party on the Accession of Tajikistan
6 July: Committee on Trade and Environment
6 and 8 July: Trade Policy Review Body - European Union
Other Upcoming Events
11-15 July, Lombok, Indonesia. INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON FOREST TENURE, GOVERNANCE AND ENTERPRISE: EXPERIENCES AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR ASIA IN A CHANGING CONTEXT. Organised by the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) and the International Tropical Timber Organisation (ITTO), this conference aims to promote an assessment of the relationship between forest tenure, sustainable forest management, and income generating enterprises to promote action across a range of Asian countries. It will bring together stakeholders from the Asia-Pacific region and beyond. The event will act as a follow-up to the RRI-ITTO organised international tenure conferences held in Acre, Brazil in July 2007 and Yaoundé, Cameroon, in May 2009. For further information, visit the ITTO website.
18-19 July, Geneva, Switzerland. AID FOR TRADE THIRD GLOBAL REVIEW 2011. The Global Periodic Review is convened regularly by the WTO's Monitoring Body, with two prior reviews having been conducted in 2007 and 2009. Its aim is to strengthen monitoring and evaluation of Aid for Trade initiatives. The purpose of the event is to provide incentives for both donors and country recipients to advance the Aid for Trade agenda. Aid for Trade aims to help developing countries, particularly least developed countries, develop the trade-related skills and infrastructure necessary to expand their trade and implement WTO agreements. More information about the event is available on the WTO website.
19-21 September, Geneva, Switzerland. WTO PUBLIC FORUM. The 2011 Public Forum will provide an opportunity for the public at large to identify the principal trade challenges that impact the multilateral trading system and consider solutions to ensure that the WTO effectively adapts and responds to our quickly changing world. The discussion will encompass four core themes: food security; trade in natural resources; made in the world and value-added trade; and what lies in store for the trading system. These themes will structure the discussion around the future of the multilateral trading system and how the WTO can promote coherence at the international level to better address world problems and contribute towards improved global governance. More information can be found on the event website.