18 July 2013

Coming soon

23 July, online. THE CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES OF INTERNATIONAL TRADE: PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE. The Peterson Institute for International Economics will be webcasting a speech by US Representative Sander Levin, where the Congressman will provide his views on the current US trade agenda, including Trade Promotion Authority, the ongoing Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations, the US-EU trade talks, and more. For more information, please visit the event website.

24-26 July, Bangkok, Thailand. ASIA AND THE PACIFIC REGIONAL HIGH-LEVEL CONSULTATION ON GENDER, FOOD SECURITY, AND NUTRITION. This meeting is being convened by the Asian Development Bank and the regional office of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), with support from Women Organizing for Change in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management (WOCAN). It aims to raise awareness on gender, food security, and nutrition issues in the Asia-Pacific region, in order to identify potential strategies to improve employments rates and livelihood opportunities for women. To learn more, click here.

25 July, Washington, US. JAPAN'S POLICY AGENDA AFTER THE JULY ELECTION: GRIDLOCK BROKEN? This discussion will be hosted by the Center for Northeast Asian Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution, and will address the political and policy implications of the upcoming election in Japan. Panellists will analyse the health of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's mandate from the electorate and the prospects for implementing the various policies that he has announced since taking office in December. Presentations will address the election itself; potential for instituting constitutional review in light of a changing security environment; and prospects for trade policy and economic sector structural reform. More information is available at the Brookings Institution's 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.

22 July: Trade Negotiations Committee

23 July: Dispute Settlement Body

23 July: Working Party on the Accession of Kazakhstan

24 - 25 July: General Council

25 July: Working Party on the Accession of Afghanistan

Other Upcoming Events

8 - 10 September 2013, Coimbra, Portugal. ENERGY FOR SUSTAINABILITY 2013. "SUSTAINABLE CITIES: DESIGNING FOR PEOPLE AND THE PLANET." Organized by the Institute for Research and Technological Development in Construction Sciences, this forum brings together stakeholders, researchers, and academic practitioners from interdisciplinary fields to discuss and share their expertise on how to tackle the need for a more sustainable world. This year, the challenges posed by the increasing concentration of the world's population in cities will be debated under the four main categories: smart cities, buildings and end-uses, clean energy supply, and policy and assessment. For more information or to register, please click 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.

23 September - 20 October, online. PUBLIC DIPLOMACY IN A MULTIPOLAR WORLD. This course, which is organised by the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), aims to help participants understand the strategic significance of public diplomacy, how its practice has evolved over time, and how current challenges are being addressed. It will also examine a range of tools and techniques available to public diplomacy practitioners. To find out more or to register, please click here.

26 - 28 September, Incheon, South Korea. INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON SUSTAINABLE CITIES: EMPOWERING LOCAL GOVERNMENTS THROUGH CAPACITY BUILDING. Organised by the United Nations Office for Sustainable Development (UNOSD), this symposium will bring together government officials, along with representatives from international organisations, the private sector, and civil society in order to share good practices on how to foster sustainable cities. Critical areas will be identified in which further capacity building is inevitable, including best strategies for meeting capacity gaps. For more details or to register, 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.

7 October - 3 November, online. DRAFTING AND ADOPTING UNITED NATIONS RESOLUTIONS. Organised by the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), this course will focus on improving written communication and teaching delegates how to conduct consultations in preparing resolutions. It will also help participants build the requisite knowledge and skills to draft and adopt UN resolutions. A detailed study of the content, structure, and processes involved in passing resolutions will be covered to reinforce an understanding of decision-making at the UN. For more information or to register, please visit their website.

17 October, Brussels, Belgium. CLOSING THE FUNDING GAP: COMPETITION AT THE HEART OF THE SINGLE MARKET. Organised by the European Capital Markets Institute (ECMI), in collaboration with Carefin - Università Bocconi and the Belgian Financial Forum, the conference will bring together market participants, policymakers, and academics to discuss challenges for capital markets and European integration. This year's theme will focus on exploring the multi-faceted concept of competition within an economically and financially integrated area. For registration or more information, please visit their website.

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