8-12 November, Daegu, South Korea. SOLAR WORLD CONGRESS 2015. Hosted by the Korean Solar Energy Society, this year’s International Solar Energy Society (ISES) Solar World Congress will feature keynote addresses by international experts in this field, as well as technical presentations on new advances in renewable energy and various other events. The meeting will focus on themes such as renewable energy technologies, off-grid and rural energy access, and clean transportation technologies, among others. More information is available at the SWC event website.
9 November, Geneva, Switzerland. AGRICULTURAL TRADE OUTCOMES AT THE NAIROBI MINISTERIAL AND BEYOND. This event, hosted jointly by the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD), the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), will discuss how the various evolving trends affecting food security and rural development could have in determining possible outcomes for the upcoming WTO ministerial conference in Nairobi, Kenya, and thereafter. Participants will discuss, among other topics, the influence that domestic political constraints are having on international negotiations, in turn affecting both potential Nairobi outcomes and beyond. More details can be found at the ICTSD website.
10 November, Beijing, China. ADDRESSING CONSUMPTION-BASED EMISSIONS: A CHINESE PERSPECTIVE. This event is being organised by Climate Strategies and the Carbon-CAP, a research project which includes ICTSD and is funded by the European Commission. The meeting will bring together Chinese stakeholders across various sectors to discuss both the opportunities and challenges involved in consumption-based accounting and policies, particularly given the increase some countries have seen in emissions at the consumption level via imports of carbon embedded in internationally traded products and services. Other topics for discussion include the international drivers that affect carbon emissions, as well as ways to address emissions on the demand-side. Please note that this event is by invitation only. More information about the event is available here.
12-13 November, Brisbane, Australia. LEVERAGING SERVICES POTENTIAL FOR INCLUSIVE AND SUSTAINABLE ECONOMIC GROWTH. This two-day meeting, organised by ICTSD, will bring together policymakers, experts, and private sector representatives to discuss the potential in developing services trade further in both least developed countries (LDCs) and Low Income Countries (LICs), and what this could mean for reducing poverty and improving welfare, among other outcomes. The discussions are meant to lead to a set of services sectors which would hold the most potential for inclusive, sustained economic growth and structural transformation at the regional level, as a step toward developing supportive policies in this area. To learn more, visit the ICTSD 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.
4 + 6 November: Trade Policy Review Body – Southern African Customs Union (SACU)
17 + 19 November: Trade Policy Review Body – Jordan
Other Upcoming Events
15-16 November, Antalya, Turkey. G20 LEADERS’ SUMMIT. The annual summit of leader from the G20 coalition of major advanced and emerging economies will be hosted this year by Turkey. This year’s event, officials say, will be focused on reaching practical outcomes across areas ranging from development, climate change, climate finance, trade, growth, and, jobs. More information about the leaders’ meeting and other related events can be found at the official G20 website.
23-26 November, Khartoum, Sudan. 17TH AFRICA OIL, GAS AND MINES TRADE AND FINANCE CONFERENCE AND EXHIBITION. This conference will be held under the theme “Extractive industries and sustainable job creation,” with a view to examining possible ways to boost the contribution that the natural resources sectors makes to the economic and social development of resource-rich countries and, more broadly, the African continent. The event is being organised jointly by the UN Conference for Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the Government of Sudan in partnership with Cubic Globe Ltd. Participants will include public and private sector representatives from the energy and mining industry, as well as financial and legal experts, academics, and civil society. More information can be found at the conference website.
3-4 December, Berlin, Germany. IP SUMMIT 2015. This conference, which is being hosted by Premier Cercle™, is expected to bring together over 100 speakers from the field of intellectual property, as well as over 500 delegates from the private sector, institutions, and academia. The meeting, known also as the Pan-European Intellectual Property Summit, will focus on a range of intellectual property-related developments and challenges, such as ongoing reforms in the EU; improvements in European intellectual property rights’ systems, and more. Additional information can be found here.
14-17 December, Nairobi, Kenya. TRADE AND DEVELOPMENT SYMPOSIUM. This biennial event, organised jointly by the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) and the government of Kenya, will be held in parallel with the WTO’s Tenth Ministerial Conference. The four-day event will include various high-level plenaries, press events, and private roundtables, among other features. Further details can be found on the official event website.
15-18 December, Nairobi, Kenya. WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION – TENTH MINISTERIAL CONFERENCE. The World Trade Organization will be holding its Tenth Ministerial Conference (MC10) at year’s end, with Kenya serving as this year’s host. These ministerial gatherings are the highest-level meeting of the global trade body, with members able to take decisions on any matters relating to any of the multilateral trade agreements. These meetings are usually held biennially. More information will be made available through both the WTO website, as well as the Kenyan government’s dedicated MC10 website.