18 November, Washington, US. IEA'S WORLD ENERGY OUTLOOK 2016. The event is being hosted by the Energy & National Security Program at the Centre for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS), featuring as its guest speaker Dr. Fatih Birol, Executive Director at the International Energy Agency (IEA). He will present the IEA’s World Energy Outlook 2016, which provides a series of predictions for how energy markets and technologies may evolve over the coming 24 years, taking into account developments such as the Paris Agreement on climate change. The event will be webcast live from here.
18 November, London, United Kingdom. THE OUTLOOK FOR US ECONOMIC POLICY IN A GLOBAL CONTEXT. This event is being organised by Chatham House, featuring as its guest speaker Jason Furman, who serves as the chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers. Furman will examine the country’s economic policy, in light of the current state of the global economy, and discuss what may come next in this field. More information is available here.
21-22 November, Geneva, Switzerland. TOWARDS INCLUSIVE RULES OF ORIGIN. This meeting is being organised by the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) in partnership with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). The meeting represents the first in a series of RTA Exchange dialogues set to take place over the course of 2016 and 2017 to systematically explore possibilities for convergence and coherence-building between regional trade agreements (RTAs) and the multilateral trading system. To learn more, visit the ICTSD website.
22 November, Tokyo, Japan. SEMINAR: DEEP AND COMPREHENSIVE FREE TRADE AGREEMENTS: THE QUANTIFICATION CHALLENGE. This event is being organised by the Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI), featuring as its guest speaker Dan Ciuriak, director and principal of Ciuriak Consulting Inc. in Ottawa and fellow-in-residence with the C.D. Howe Institute in Toronto. Ciuriak is also an expert in the E15 Initiative convened jointly by the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) and the World Economic Forum (WEF). He will discuss ways for evaluating trade agreements, using factors such as their effects on productivity and foreign direct investment. More information and registration is available here.
21-25 November, Turin, Italy. INTERNATIONAL LABOUR STANDARDS AND CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY: UNDERSTANDING WORKERS' RIGHTS IN THE FRAMEWORK OF DUE DILIGENCE. This course is being organised by the International Labour Organization (ILO)’s training centre in Turin. The course will focus on the principles of international labour standards, particularly in the context of sustainable development objectives and related practices. To learn more, click here.
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.
18 November: Informal Open-ended Dispute Settlement Body – Special Session
18 November: Trade Policy Review Body - Guatemala
21 November: Informal Trade Policy Review Body
23 November: WTO Introduction Day
23 November: 26th Round of the Director General's Consultative Framework Mechanism on Cotton - Cotton Development Assistance
23 November: Dispute Settlement Body
23 November: Dedicated Discussion of the Relevant Trade-Related Developments on Cotton
23 November: Informal Dispute Settlement Body – Dedicated Session
24 November: Briefing Session on Trade in Services and E-commerce
24 November: Committee on Trade and Development
24 November: Preparatory Committee on Trade Facilitation
Other Upcoming Events
26-27 November, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. GLOBAL SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORT CONFERENCE. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is convening this conference, which will be the first global one on the subject. The meeting will examine all modes of transport, examining issues such as how to finance more sustainable types of transport and respond to developing country needs. To learn more, visit the event website.
5-7 December, Abuja, Nigeria. AFRICAN ECONOMIC CONFERENCE 2016. The theme of this year’s African Economic Conference will be “Feeding Africa: Towards Agro-Allied Industrialization for Inclusive Growth.” The meeting is being organised jointly by the African Development Bank Group (AfDB), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA). Coming in the wake of the 2015 adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and other key international events, this meeting will focus on how agricultural policy in the content must evolve to achieve improved growth and help address poverty and hunger. More information is available here.
7 December, Brussels, Belgium. E15 INITIATIVE SESSION AT THE ACP TRADE MINISTERS MEETING. This event is being hosted by the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD), the World Economic Forum, and the ACP (African, Caribbean, and Pacific Group of States) Secretariat. The session will provide an overview of the E15 Report launched at Davos, Switzerland, with a specific focus on the options that are most relevant both to ACP countries and the broader multilateral system. The meeting will also include a discussion with ministers. To learn more, click here.
13 December, Beijing, China. 15TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE ON WTO AND CHINA. The conference is co-hosted by University of International Business and Economics (UIBE), China Society for World Trade Organization Studies (CWTO), and the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD). Participants will discuss topics such as the impact of China’s WTO accession over the past 15 years, along with Beijing’s G-20 presidency in 2016, and other related issues. More information is available at the ICTSD website.