15-16 December, New York, US. SECOND INTERSESSIONAL MEETING FOR UNCSD. This intersessional meeting of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) is one of three that were called for by the first preparatory committee in the lead up to the June 2012 Rio+20. Planning for this event has centred around the following themes: the green economy as it pertains to sustainable development and poverty eradication, and setting up an institutional framework for this green economy. To register, please visit the event website.
15-17 December, Geneva, Switzerland. WTO EIGHTH MINISTERIAL CONFERENCE. This biennial event will bring together the trade ministers from the WTO's entire membership to address current issues of relevance to the multilateral trade system. As the highest decision making body of the global trade body, the ministerial gathering will address the current Doha Round of trade talks, along with non-Doha issues and the accession of new members. Decisions on all matters under any of the WTO's multilateral trade agreements can be taken up by ministers at the three-day event. For more information, please visit the WTO website.
16-17 December, Geneva, Switzerland. THE TRADE AND DEVELOPMENT SYMPOSIUM. Held in conjunction with the Eighth Ministerial Conference of the WTO, this ICTSD-organised event will provide a forum for discussion on current challenges facing the multilateral trading system. Discussion will cover a range of topics, including protectionism, regional trade pacts, environmental protection, food security, sustainable energy use and production, and trade imbalances. The symposium aims to provide a forum for multi-stakeholder discussion outside the formal negotiation arena and to initiate discussions on the future of the multilateral trading system outside the Doha Round. ICTSD has held similar symposia during previous WTO Ministerial Conferences in Cancun, Hong Kong, and Geneva. For a list of partners, a programme agenda, and more information, please 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.
15 December: Ministerial-level meeting of the Committee on Government Procurement
15-17 December: Eighth Ministerial Conference
19 December: Dispute Settlement Body
Other Upcoming Events
1 January 2012, worldwide. INTERNATIONAL YEAR FOR SUSTAINABLE ENERGY FOR ALL. In December 2010, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution proclaiming 2012 as the "International Year for Sustainable Energy for All." According to the Resolution, this will help foster "an enabling environment for the promotion and use of new and renewable energy technologies, including measures to improve access to such technologies." The year will be aimed at raising awareness of access to affordable energy, energy efficiency, and sustainability. As part of this initiative, the UN has launched a global Energy Access Practitioner Network, a group of representatives from the private and civil society sectors who will work on bringing energy services and solutions to related to electrification in a range of developing country contexts, in the hopes of achieving universal energy access by 2030. For more information on related events and activities, please visit the UN website for this initiative.
25-29 January 2012, Davos, Switzerland. WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM ANNUAL MEETING 2012. Under the theme of "The Great Transformation: Shaping New Models," this annual forum will address the rebalancing and deleveraging that is reshaping the global economy. In the short term, this transformation is being seen in the context of how developed countries will deleverage without falling back into recession and how emerging countries will curb inflation and avoid future economic bubbles. The panels and discussions at the event will focus on the importance of future shifts in social values, resource needs, and technological advances - all of which will factor into dealing with an ever-growing economy and interconnected population. For more information on the programme, please visit the WEF website.