26-27 November, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. GLOBAL SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORT CONFERENCE. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is convening the first-ever global conference on sustainable transport, examining the subject in relation to its implications for tackling climate change and achieving sustainable development objectives. Topics on the agenda include address all modes of transport, along with the relationship with energy policy; the need for the appropriate financing; and the relationship with the Sustainable Development Goals. To learn more, visit the event website.
28-29 November, Bangkok, Thailand. TRADE IN THE DIGITAL ECONOMY. This event is being organised by the Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI), with the support of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP). The workshop’s goal is to develop an analytical framework for better understanding how the evolutions seen in the digital economy are affecting trade flows. More information is available here.
29 November, London, United Kingdom. WHAT’S TRANSFORMING THE ENERGY SECTOR? This event is being organised by Chatham House, featuring as its guest speakers Tomas Kåberger, Professor of Industrial Energy Policy at Chalmers University of Technology; Catherine Mitchell, Professor of Energy Policy at University of Exeter; and Antony Froggatt, Senior Research Fellow at Chatham House. Topics for discussion will include the latest developments in renewable energy, including with regards to investment; efforts to improve energy efficiency; and other subjects related to the ongoing work by governments and others to move toward lower-carbon energy sources. More information is available here.
30 November – 2 December, Rotterdam, Netherlands. WOC SUSTAINABLE OCEAN SUMMIT. This event is organised by the World Ocean Council (WOC), and aims to bring together the top companies involved in ocean-related industry, together with actors from the public sector, academia, and civil society. The theme for SOS 2016 is: OCEAN 2030: Sustainable Development Goals and the Ocean Business Community. For more information, including a draft programme of sessions, please visit the WOC website.
1 December, Washington, US. SUSTAINABILITY, SMART CITIES, AND THE INTERNET OF THINGS. This event is being hosted by the Centre for Technology at the Brookings Institution, featuring a panel of experts in the field of technology and sustainable development. The panel will examine how technology can help support efforts to create more sustainable cities, touching upon topics such as water and air quality, among others. The event will be webcast live. More information and registration is available 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.
25 November: Informal Trade Policy Review Body
25 November: Working Party on Domestic Regulation
25 November: Council for Trade in Services
25 November: Informal Open-ended Negotiating Group on Market Access
28 November: Informal Group of Developing Countries
28 November: Committee on Government Procurement
29 November: Committee on Balance-of-Payments Restrictions
30 November: Committee on Budget, Finance, and Administration
1 December: Informal Heads of Delegation
Other Upcoming Events
2 December, Ottawa, Canada. THE GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT OUTLOOK AND PATHWAYS TO SUSTAINABILITY. The event is being organised by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) and UN Environment, and will feature speakers from both organisations, along with academics and public sector officials from the US and Canada. Participants will review key findings from the sixth Global Environment Outlook: North American Assessment Report, along with discussing the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and various related topics. Registration is available here.
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) 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 being co-hosted by University of International Business and Economics (UIBE), the 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.