26 February 2015

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27 February, New York, US. MULTI-STAKEHOLDER PARTNERSHIPS: MAKING THEM WORK FOR THE POST-2015 DEVELOPMENT AGENDA. The United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) will host this event to examine the mechanisms prevalent in successful partnerships and to discuss how to best measure success and align partnerships as part of the post-2015 development agenda. The aim of the event is to create proposals or recommendations for how to conduct future frameworks for evaluating partnerships in the post-2015 context. For more information about this event, please visit this website

27 February, New York, US. UN STATISTICS DIVISION SEMINAR ON NATIONALLY OWNED MONITORING SYSTEM FOR SDGS. This high-level seminar, in preparation for the Statistical Commission Session, will provide a forum for discussing methods of data monitoring and production under the wider scope of the 2015 development agenda. It is open to Statistical Commissions, policy makers, and experts. For more information about this event, please visit this website.

3-6 March, New York, US. THE DEVELOPMENT OF AN INDICATOR FRAMEWORK FOR THE POST-2015 DEVELOPMENT AGENDA: TOWARDS A NATIONALLY OWNED MONITORING SYSTEM FOR THE SDGs. The United Nations Statistical Commission (UNSC) will host this seminar in order to discuss the development of monitoring requirements for the planned post-2015 development agenda targets, specifically under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Participants will be able to exchange views with both data producers and users on how to approach the higher data requirements that will result from this new agenda. For more information about the event, please visit this website.

3 March, Geneva, Switzerland. LOOKING AT TRADE POLICY THROUGH A GENDER LENS. This event, presented by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), aims to increase awareness of trade and gender issues by presenting country case studies, discussing policy recommendations, and launching a teaching platform on the issue. For more information about the event, please visit this website.

3 March, Washington, US. COMPETITIVE APPROACHES TO SOUTHEAST ASIA AND THE FUTURE OF REGIONALISM. This lecture, hosted by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and co-sponsored by the US-Japan Research Institute, will focus on regionalism in Asia, with a particular emphasis on China and Japan’s efforts in engaging with fellow Asian economies in areas such as trade, security, finance, and development. For more information about this event, please visit this website.

4 March, Brussels, Belgium. EUROPE AND THE NEW FRONTIERS OF ENERGY: TURNING GRAND STRATEGY INTO EFFECTIVE POLICY. The 2015 Energy Annual Conference, presented by the Institute Français des Relationes Internationales (IFRI) will discuss issues such as increasing energy efficiency, energy-related geopolitics, and new technological frontiers, with a focus on Europe. For more information about the event, please visit this website.

4 March, Washington, US. WHY THE TRADE FACILITATION AGREEMENT IS A BIG DEAL. This panel discussion, hosted by the Washington International Trade Association (WITA) will address the steps already taken and still required to implement the WTO’s Trade Facilitation Agreement, which was agreed in December 2013 by the global trade body’s members and is now in the process of being ratified domestically by individual countries. For more information about this event, please visit this 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.

4 March: Committee on Agriculture

Other Upcoming Events

13 March, Geneva, Switzerland. PHILANTHROPY AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY. This event, hosted at the University of Geneva’s Faculty of Law, will be the third of four conferences as part of a series on philanthropy. The 13 March discussion will feature a panel of experts from international organisations, research foundations, and the pharmaceutical industry, who will address a series of questions regarding access to medicines for developing countries in relationship to philanthropy. More information is available on the event website.

25-26 March, Brussels, Belgium. 10TH MARKET WORKSHOP: PV DEVELOPMENT DRIVERS IN THE EU AND WORLDWIDE. This workshop, hosted by the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA), will focus on the future of the photovoltaic (PV) industry in Europe and elsewhere. Sessions will address issues such as energy market development, trends and opportunities in global PV markets and European growth opportunities. More information, including a full workshop agenda, is available at the EPIA website.

7-11 June, Toronto, Canada. THIRD INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT. The symposium, themed “Exploring the Nexus of Responsibility for Sustainable Development,” will be held at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada. The event aims to explore the ways in which differing interests of business, government, and multilateral organisations intersect to shape and affect socio-economic development. Proposals, either conceptual or research based, should be sent to by 30 April at the latest; if accepted, the participant will be invited to register as a presenter in the symposium. For more information on deadlines for submitting proposals, please visit this website.

30 June – 2 July, Geneva, Switzerland. FIFTH GLOBAL REVIEW OF AID FOR TRADE: REDUCING TRADE COSTS FOR INCLUSIVE, SUSTAINABLE GROWTH. This event, hosted at WTO headquarters, will focus on the various actions underway to reduce trade costs, at levels ranging from the national, bilateral, regional, and multilateral, as well as the private sector and non-governmental. Participants will be asked to consider which actors are involved in what; how the issue of trade costs is being addressed by national governments and regional organisations in their planning; and whether sufficient progress has been made, and if not, how to improve it. To learn more about this biennial event, visit the WTO website.

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