6 June, multiple locations. AFTER THE POST-2015 HLP REPORT: RESPONSES FROM AROUND THE WORLD. The High-Level Panel, appointed by the UN Secretary General to advise him on the post-2015 agenda, reports on 30th May. This event, hosted by the Overseas Development Institute and held simultaneously in London, Nairobi, Dhaka, and Bogotá, provides a global audience with a chance to discuss the report with each other and with two panel members. In each location, an audience and speakers will discuss the report with each other and with participants in the other locations, to provide a global response. As well as responding to the HLP report, the event will provide an opportunity to consider its implications for the intergovernmental negotiations on post-2015 goals in the Open Working Group, and the lead up to the UN special event on the MDGs and post-2015 in September 2013. More information is available at the ODI 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.
10-12 June: Trade Policy Review: Suriname
11-12 June: Council for Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights
13 June: Working Party on the Accession of Serbia
Other Upcoming Events
17 June - 14 July, online, OVERCOMING NEGOTIATION DEADLOCKS. This four-week online course aims to equip participants with the practical skills to improve individual negotiation capacity. Participants will be taught key components of effective negotiations, psychological factors that influence negotiation behavior, and how to lead through situations of deadlock. Government officials, diplomats, representatives of international organisations as well as private sector professionals are encouraged to apply. Post-graduate students with relevant experience in a multicultural working environment are also welcomed. For registration or more information, please visit UNITAR's website.
24-25 June 2013, Geneva, Switzerland, UNCTAD PUBLIC SYMPOSIUM: "NEW ECONOMIC APPROACHES FOR A COHERENT POST-2015 AGENDA." This annual outreach event, hosted by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), will bring together government officials, academics, civil society representatives, the private sector, and other interested observers to engage in an interactive discussion addressing developmental challenges beyond 2015 - namely rising inequalities, persistent high unemployment, growing economic insecurity, and environmental disasters. This year's event features a combination of moderated plenary sessions and parallel group sessions led by experts, and the themes of focus are macroeconomic and financial governance as well as trade and investment rules for inclusive and sustainable development. Refer to UNCTAD's website for further details.
8-10 July, Geneva, Switzerland. FOURTH GLOBAL REVIEW OF AID FOR TRADE. This year's event, held at the WTO, will focus on the theme "Connecting to Value Chains." The meeting brings together ministers from developed and developing countries, heads of international agencies and regional organisations, representatives from private sector companies and associations, and an array of trade and development experts. The Review will examine the economic opportunities that trade in value added offers, the constraints that firms in developing, and in particular least-developed, countries face in connecting (and moving up) value chains and will focus on how Aid for Trade can assist in this process. The event builds on the results of an extensive monitoring and evaluation (M&E) exercise undertaken jointly by the OECD and WTO, in collaboration with various others. More information is available here.
10-11 September, Beijing, China. ASIA-PACIFIC TRADE FACILITATION FORUM 2013: "TOWARDS MORE EFFICIENT AND INCLUSIVE SUPPLY CHAINS: PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SECTOR PERSPECTIVES." Attracting two to three hundred participants from 30 countries each year, this annual forum serves as a regional platform for exchanging information, experiences, and practices for trade facilitation in Asia-Pacific, identifying priority areas for regional cooperation and integration, and learning about new tools and services which can increase the efficiency of cross-border transactions. The event is being co-organised by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the Asian Development Bank. Event organisers hope the gathering can help strengthen regional cooperation and coordination of Aid for Trade and related technical assistance and capacity building in trade facilitation. For more information, please visit their website.
1-3 October 2013, Geneva, Switzerland. WTO PUBLIC FORUM: "EXPANDING TRADE THROUGH INNOVATION AND THE DIGITAL ECONOMY." This annual WTO event aims to provide a platform for public debate across a range of trade issues and topics. This year's forum specifically looks at the future of trade in an era of innovation and digitalisation. A call for proposals for sessions is now open, and online registration for attending the event is also available. More information can be found at the Public Forum website.