5 December 2012

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6 December, London, UK. EU STRUCTURAL FUNDS: DO THEY LEAD TO MORE GROWTH? Organised by Chatham House, this event will feature the presentation of a forthcoming Chatham House-CAGE paper which argues that the EU transfer system, while currently yielding a certain amount of additional growth in some recipient regions, requires a degree of conditionality in order to deliver targeted results. In assessing the effectiveness of the EU's Regional Policy, the speaker will focus on the Convergence Objective which suggests that, on average, it is successful at fostering growth in recipient regions, but that those with low levels of education and poor governance fail to make good use of EU transfers. The event therefore will argue that in the future, EU transfers to regions should not exceed maximum desirable levels if inefficiency and misuse are to be avoided. For more information, visit the event website.

10 December, Jakarta, Indonesia. TRADE AND EMPLOYMENT IN A GLOBALIZED WORLD. This conference, hosted by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), in conjunction with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the International Labour Organization (ILO), aims to provide an opportunity for developing a broader understanding of the mechanisms by which employment and trade interact in a globalised context. The event will bring together policymakers, analysts, and practitioners from a wide range of countries. For more information, visit the ADB website.

10 December, Washington, US. WHAT ROLES FOR FOREIGN DIRECT INVESTMENT IN THE NEW CUBAN ECONOMY? Organised by the Brookings Institution, this event will feature the launch of a study discussing the roles for foreign investment in the new Cuban economy, pointing out how positive developments in international tourism, nickel and cobalt mining, and high value-added agriculture serve as foundations for future growth. The report notes that Cuba could learn from its own experiences with joint ventures and free trade zones, and from the experiences of other developing countries, to harness foreign capital as a vital tool of national development. The event also aims to explore whether or not US President Barack Obama, in his second term, will take advantage of Cuba's economic opening to forge a new path for relations with Havana. For more information, visit the Brookings website.

12-14 December, Coimbatore, India. INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON GOVERNANCE AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT: BUILDING COMMERCE AND COMMUNITIES. This conference is being organised by Amrita University (India) and Deakin University (Australia) and will focus on how sustainable and responsible governance fosters the development of commerce and communities. It aims to provide a platform for exploring the latest developments in the governance of sustainable development from a variety of perspectives including environmental sustainability, social enterprise, corporate governance, legal pluralism, and social investment. For more information, visit the event website.

WTO Events

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.

3+6 December: Negotiating Group on Trade Facilitation (followed by Inf.)

4+6 December: Trade Policy Review Body - Nicaragua

5 December: Committee on Government Procurement

5 December: Working Party on Domestic Regulation

5 December: Committee on Trade in Financial Services

6 December: 18th Round of the Director General's Consultative Framework Mechanism on Cotton -Cotton Development Assistance

6 December: Committee on Specific Commitments

6 December: Council for Trade in Services

7 December: Trade Negotiations Committee

7 December: Working Party on the Accession of Afghanistan

7 December: Working Party on the Accession of Azerbaijan

10-14 December: Geneva Week (Non-resident Members and Observers)

10 December: Working Party on the Accession of Kazakhstan



Other Upcoming Events

17 December, London, UK. HOW DO DEVELOPING ECONOMIES GROW? Hosted by the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), this event will focus on what developing nations can do to help themselves, without the need of international assistance or influence. Using lessons from history, economic analysis and practice, Justin Lin - the World Bank's chief economist, who will be the event's main speaker - will examine the methods countries have used to develop their economies, showing that economic development is a process of continuous technological innovation, industrial upgrading, and structural change driven by how countries harness their land, labour, capital, and infrastructure. For more information, visit the ODI website.

16-17 January, Paris, France. OECD POLICY DIALOGUE ON AID FOR TRADE. This high-level dialogue event, hosted by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) with the support of the European Commission, will focus on how to continue delivering Aid for Trade results in a changing international environment for trade and development. The discussions - which aim to attract trade and development experts, providers of South-South co-operation, and representatives from the private sector and think tanks - will focus on issues such as how to deliver and manage aid for trade and development results; ease the binding constraints to trade expansion; promote regional aid-for-trade programmes; reduce the thickness of borders; link to value chains; and engage the private sector. Organisers hope that the outcomes can provide valuable inputs to the July 2013 Global Review of Aid for Trade. For more information, visit the OECD website.

23-27 January, Davos-Klosters, Switzerland. WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM ANNUAL MEETING 2013. Organised by the World Economic Forum, this annual meeting aims to engage leaders in collaborative activities focused on shaping global, regional, and industry agendas. The conference will focus on fostering "resilient dynamism" and the goal of catalysing and facilitating global, regional, and industry transformation. For more information, visit the event website.

11 March, London, UK. FINANCIAL REGULATION: TOWARDS A GLOBAL REGULATORY FRAMEWORK? Hosted by Chatham House, this conference will discuss the drive towards global integration of financial regulation following the financial crisis, and whether this can be maintained as governments face the realities of political pressure from their electorates and their banks. The event will assess the emerging global regulatory architecture, and focus on key issues such as: whether it will be possible to create a non-conflicting global regulatory framework, the impact of global regulation on cross-border financial flows, and the emerging pan-European regulatory architecture. For more information, visit the Chatham House website.

12-13 April, New York, US. THIRD INTERDISCIPLINARY PH.D. WORKSHOP IN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT. Hosted by Columbia University, this conference is open to graduate students working on or interested in issues related to sustainable development.  It is intended to provide a forum to present and discuss research in an informal setting, as well as to meet and interact with similar graduate student researchers from other institutions. Event organisers aim to facilitate a network among students pursuing in-depth research across a range of disciplines in the social and natural sciences, to generate a larger interdisciplinary discussion concerning sustainable development. For more information, visit the event website.

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